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Documentary and classic DOA screenings scheduled for Winston-Salem

by Mark Burger

The locallybased environmental activist group 350 Winston-Salem will present the documentary short A Message from the Marcellus: What NC Needs to Know About Fracking at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Forsyth County Central Library (660 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem).

“Fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing, is  a mining technique pioneered in the 1940s by which national gases and petroleum are forcibly extracted from rock layers with high-pressure fluid.

In recent years, however, the practice has become highly controversial and intensely scrutinized throughout the world. Detractors say that the risks include the contamination of ground water, air pollution, and unforeseen chemical spillovers — as well as the health hazards that would result. Supporters emphasize the economic benefits of the practice. The issue has very much become a hot debate in the environmentally conscious 21st century. Some nations have suspended or even banned the practice.

A Message from the Marcellus, a 20-minute film by Todd Tinkham and Molly Matlock, explores the impacts of fracking in communities in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and New York. A post-screening discussion will follow, and audience participated is encouraged.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, e- mail debdemske@gmail.com. You can also check out local.350.org/groups/new/ or globalfrackdown.org.

Planned Parenthood Health Systems and the Women’s Action Network have joined forces to present a special screening of the acclaimed documentary No Woman, No Cry on Sept. 23 at the A/perture Cinemas (311 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem).

Fashion model-turned-filmmaker Christy Turlington Burns endured a difficult first pregnancy, which inspired her to become a passionate advocate for women’s health concerns. In this film, which premiered at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival in 2010 and on the small screen a year later on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Burns turns her cameras on four different woman in four different countries (Tanzania, Guatemala, Bangladesh and the United States) as they confront the challenges of healthcare with relation to pregnancy.

“In the United States and internationally through the partners supported by Planned Parenthood Global, Planned Parenthood works to ensure that women have access to the quality health care they need to plan their families, lead healthy lives, and avoid complications related to unintended pregnancy,” said Elizabeth Freeze, the director of development for Planned Parenthood Health Systems, in an official statement.

No Woman, No Cry has been screened at numerous health conferences and special events throughout the world, and is bringing to light the hazards faced by pregnant women around the globe.

This screening is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a discussion afterward. Due to limited seating, please RSVP Elizabeth Freeze at elizabeth. freeze@pphsinc.org to secure tickets.

For more information, you can send an e-mail to the same address or call 336.373.0678 ext. 6841.

Noir and a beer, anyone? Stone’s Throw Films will inaugurate its Cinema Pub Classic Film Series on Sept. 29 at the Community Arts Café’s Underground Theatre (411 W. 4th St., Winston- Salem).

The first offering is director Rudolph Mate’s 1950 suspense classic DOA. Edmond O’Brien (an actor not as well known as he should be, despite winning an Oscar for The Barefoot Contessa in 1954) stars as Frank Bigelow, a disillusioned everyman who is surreptitiously dosed with a slow-acting poison by persons unknown. With time running out, Bigelow embarks on a desperate campaign to find out who murdered him — and why.

Long a favorite of film noir aficionados, the film co-stars Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, William Ching and, in their screen debuts, Neville Brand and Beverly Garland. The pounding, effective score is by four-time Oscar winner Dimitri Tiomkin and the suitably atmospheric cinematography by fellow Oscar winner Ernest Laszlo. DOA was remade (badly) by Disney in 1988, which only served — as so many remakes do, then and now —to make the original film look that much better in comparison.

Additional screenings are scheduled for subsequent Wednesdays.

Admission is $8 and includes free popcorn. Food and drinks are also available for purchase.

For more information, call 336.793.8000 or e-mail editor@communityarts.cafe. The official Community Arts Cafe website, which includes all upcoming events scheduled, is communityartscafe.com.

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