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Free Screening: One Big Home


One Big Home

A documentary screening as part of the "Baconbits" series (intermittent events and films hosted by Urban Strategy throughout the year, supplementary to the annual "Baconfest")

When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, doors at 5:30pm, films + discussion 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central Library (2nd Floor, 616 Macleod Trail SE)

Cost: Free

About the Film:

Gentrification comes in many forms.  On the tiny island of Martha’s Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island’s unique character.

Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter’s journey to understand the trend toward giant houses.   When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera.  Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.

This screening is free and open to the public. Space is limited; first come, first serve.

 

 


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This year's films

February 1

John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central Library (2nd Floor, 616 Macleod Tr. SE)
Doors 5:30 pm, films + discussion 6:00 - 8:00 pm

The Nature of Cities

The Nature of Cities

Charles Davis
2010 | 40 min

The film follows the journey of Professor Timothy Beatley as he explores urban projects around the world, representing the new green movement that hopes to move our urban environments beyond sustainability to a regenerative way of living.



 

Elevated Thinking – The High Line in New York City

Elevated Thinking – The High Line in New York City

GreatMuseams TV
2014 | 56 min

Narrated by actress Susan Sarandon, this hour-long documentary film showcases the High Line, a most unusual and unlikely public park. Since opening in 2009, it has become a top global tourist destination, with nearly 5 million visitors annually.

 







February 8

John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central Library (2nd Floor, 616 Macleod Tr. SE)
Doors 5:30 pm, films + discussion 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Everything Will Be

Everything Will Be

Julia Kwan
2013 | 85 min

This feature documentary by Sundance award-winning director Julia Kwan captures the subtle nuances of a culturally diverse neighbourhood—Vancouver's once-thriving Chinatown—in the midst of a transformation that plays out across many ethnic enclaves in North America. The community's oldest and newest members offer their intimate perspectives on the shifting landscape as they reflect on change, memory and legacy. Night and day, a neon sign that reads "EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT" looms over Chinatown. Everything is going to be alright. The big question is—for whom?

 

February 15

John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central Library (2nd Floor, 616 Macleod Tr. SE)
Doors 5:30 pm, films + discussion 6:00 - 8:00 pm

A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil

A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil

Giovanni Vaz Del Bello
2006 | 52 min

This inspirational documentary shows a city where urban solutions are not just theory, but a reality. The film shows innovations in the areas of transportation, recycling, social benefits (affordable housing), parks, and the great philosophy behind the successful leaders that transformed Curitiba in a model green city.


Soul of the City

Soul of the City

Calgary Foundation
2016 | 8 min

This video looks at five great neighbourhood stories as they unfolded in Calgary in 2016 and at what motivates the grassroots leaders behind them. A showcase for the grant winners of the annual Soul of the City Neighbour Grants program, this video speaks to the importance of active citizenship, of getting involved right where you live, work, and study.




 

February 22

Globe Cinema (617 8th Avenue SW)
Doors 5:30 pm, films + discussion 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Matt Tyrnauer
2016 | 92 min

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, is a film about cities through the lens of Jane Jacobs, author of the 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. This film retraces the battles for the New York City as personified by Jacobs and city planner Robert Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs's prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.

 
 

 

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The brain-child of Urban Strategy General Manager Rollin Stanley, Baconfest is named after noted City Planner, Ed Bacon, and celebrates and explores urbanism in all its forms.

Who is Edmund Bacon?

Ed Bacon is the only city planner to grace the cover page of time magazine in 1964, and on the cover of Life in 1965. While he may be known as the father of Kevin Bacon, the impact of Edmund's work helped shape the landscape of the City of Philadelphia, where he served as the head of the planning commission for two decades beginning in 1949. In retirement, he undertook an extensive four part series titled "Understanding Cities" beginning in 1981.





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