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Film screenings examine a public concern and the glory of the Olympics

by Mark Burger

On Tuesday, the Sewage Sludge Action Network is taking action by shedding light on a potential health issue that concerns all of us by presenting a special screening of a new 50-minute documentary, Sludge Diet, at the Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw- Bethlehem Church Road in Saxapahaw.

The film examines the controversy surrounding the use of “biosolids,” fertilizer elements being spread on local and statewide farmlands — and in many cases near heavilypopulated areas. Evidence suggests that this “free fertilizer” has an adverse impact on the environment, air quality, water safety and general health. Some reports indicate that exposure to biosolids can have severe consequences on an alarming, even lethal, level.

Sludge Diet takes a long, hard look at the use of biosolids, its repercussions, and what can be done to halt their usage — particularly in areas in close proximity to the general population.

Showtime is 7 pm and admission is free (although donations are gratefully accepted).

For more information, call 919.270.7534 or e-mail myradotson@hotmail.com. The official Sewage Sludge Action Network website is sewagesludgeactionnetwork.com.

The 2012 Olympic Games were as memorable and impressive as any in recent (or even distant) memory, with excitement at every turn and several world records shattered. More than 200 nations participated in the event, which was held in London.

American Michael Phelps won his unprecedented 22 nd medal at the 2012 Olympic Games (four gold and two silver), and the United States topped all nations with a total of 104 medals in all — including 46 gold medals, eight more than the nearest competitor, China.

On Thursday, May 30, there will be a onenight-only screening of Caroline Rowland’s feature documentary First: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Cinemark Brassfield Cinema 10 (2101 New Garden Road, Greensboro) and at the Greensboro Grande Stadium 16, (3205 Northline Ave., Greensboro).

The film is presented by NCM Fathom Events, New Moon and the United States Olympic Committee. This is, in fact, the only film about the 2012 Olympics officially supported by the International Olympic Committee.

As the title First indicates, the film follows the journey of 12 talented athletes from around the world who participated in their first Olympic Games in 2012: Missy Franklin (USA), John Orozco (USA), Queen Underwood (USA), Caroline Buchanan (Australia), Chad le Clos (South Africa), David Rudisha (Kenya), Katie Taylor (Ireland), Laura Trott (Great Britain), Christophe Lemaitre (France), Majlinda Kelmendi (Albania), Heena Sidhu (India) and Qiu Bo (China). The film features highlights of the competitions in which they participated while also offering a glimpse into the personal lives — and the dreams and hopes — of each athlete in exclusive interviews and rare behind-the-scenes footage. The athletes discuss how the 2012 Olympic Games changed their lives forever.

The International Olympic Committee granted filmmaker Rowland unprecedented access to the Olympic Games, as she spent six weeks with the athletes profiled in the film. Rowland filmed some 60 hours of the athletes, their families, friends and coaches as they prepared for what is surely among the highlights of their lives.

“I can’t wait to see First and relieve the exciting events of last summer,” said swimmer Missy Franklin in an official statement. “Not only am I honored to be a part of this film, but I’m also excited to experience the Olympic journeys of the other amazing athletes involved in this project.”

The 2012 Olympic Games proved an unforgettable experience for Franklin, who at the age of 17 won five medals (four of them gold). Franklin’s success earned her World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the Year accolades from Swimming World as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year awards in both 2011 and ’12.

“First is a sports documentary with soul that follows these extraordinary athletes as they meet their fate in the swimming pool, boxing ring, gym and on the track,” observed Shelley Maxwell, the executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events, one of the film’s presenters. “This exclusive in-theater event features stunning sports imagery from inside the London Olympic Park that will give audiences a new perspective on the dreams and determination that lead these athletes to the greatest sporting event in the world.”

Showtime is 7:30 pm. Tickets are $11.50 (general admission) and $10.50 (senior citizens) at Brassfield; $12.50 at Greensboro Grande. For advance tickets or more information, check out ncm.com or FathomEvents.com.

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