Teem strikes Amazon Gold, Paragon Lost is found at Geeksboro Coffeehouse

by Mark Burger

Temple Emanuel’s Environmental Movement will present a special screening of director Reuben Aaronson’s documentary Amazon Gold on Dec. 6 at Temple Emanuel (201 Oakwood Drive, Winston-Salem).

The film, which is narrated by six-time Academy Award nominee Sissy Spacek (who won for 1980’s Coal Miner’s Daughter) and multiple Grammy Award winner Herbie Hancock (who picked up an Oscar of his own for the original score of 1986’s ‘Round Midnight), takes an incisive look at illegal gold-mining in the Peruvian rainforest, which has had a severe impact on the region’s eco-system and could likely have major repercussions throughout the world.

Following the screening will be an informal seminar featuring guest speaker Miles Silman, of Wake Forest University’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, who acted as scientific consultant on the film. Attendees will learn what they can do to help preserve ecological integrity for themselves and for future generations. After all, we’ve only got one planet we call home, and once its resources are depleted, they can never be regained.

Showtime is 7 pm. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 201.638.1640 or e-mail cynthia.

This Thursday, the place to be is the new Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema (2134 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro) for an exclusive sneak preview of Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, the eagerly awaited prequel to the popular video game Mass Effect 3.

A co-production between FUNimation, popular game-maker Bioware and Production IG, the renowned Japanese animation studio, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost depicts the early career of heroic Alliance Marine, James Vega, who leads a crack Special Forces team into battle against a malevolent alien threat called “The Collectors.” Stationed at a remote planetary outpost, Vega and his soldiers must protect civilians from these insidious invaders, who are determined to capture and enslave the population for reasons unknown… although it’s entirely likely that galactic domination will eventually figure into the mix!

Audiences will learn new secrets and revelations about the Mass Effect universe as the film delves into the haunted past of its stalwart hero. The voiceover talent includes Freddie Prinze Jr. (also the principal voice in Mass Effect 3), Monica Rial and Vic Mignogna.

“This movie is going to be very special for loyal fans of the Mass Effect world,” explained Gen Fukunaga, the president and CEO of FUNimation, the nation’s leading anime company, in an official statement. “FUNimation, Bioware and Production I.G. have created an extraordinary adaptation of the game for theaters, and we know the film is going to generate a great deal of buzz for the Mass Effect franchise.”

As a special bonus, the first 20 people to attend the Geeksboro Coffeehouse screening will receive a free Mass Effect: Paragon Lost commemorative T-shirt. (Does this qualify as a “collectible”? You betcha!) Showtime is 7 pm. Tickets are $10 ($11.34 including service YES fees). Weekly Due to limited seating, advance ticket

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