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New documentary explores America's religious-environmental movement
Marty Ostrow, a documentary filmmaker in Cambridge, Mass. and
co-producer, Terry Rockefeller have recently completed a 90-minute
film, "Renewal," about America's religious-environmental movement.
The documentary presents eight grassroots action stories about people of different religious traditions, from across the country, who are all spiritually motivated to make a significant difference in how we
live on the planet. It's an inspiring account of how religions can play
a positive role in bringing people together to build a sustainable
It is the producers' hope that Renewal will become an effective tool to help advance the efforts of this important growing movement. Each of the eight stories is set in a different religious tradition. Their Jewish story is a profile of the Teva Learning Center, in Falls Village, Conn. Teva is an innovative childhood environmental education program for elementary school age kids It helps children discover the deep bond that Judaism has with the earth.
The film was only recently completed, and the Museum of Fine Arts in
Boston will be screening it seven times beginning at the end of this
month on the following dates:
Renewal (Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller,
2008, 90 min.)
Thurs., Feb. 21, 7:45 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23, 1:45 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 24, 3:50 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 29, 6 p.m.
Sat., March 1, 2 p.m.
Sun., March 2, 3:45 p.m.
Sun., April 20, 12:30 p.m.
These will be the first public showings of Renewal.
You can watch a short clip from it by clicking on this link:
There will be one special MFA screening on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3:50
p.m. Following the film, the producers hope to have several guests from the New England area, who are engaged in religious-environmental work. They want the audience to see that religious-environmentalism is also happening in their own backyards.
Interested people may contact Ostrow at , or visit
Statement from Stefanie Lubkowski, Film & Concerts Press Officer,
Museum of Fine arts, Boston, Mass. (465 Huntington Ave., Boston,
617-369-3575, , , www.mfa.org)
Over the past few years, the environmental movement has gathered
momentum, with rallying contributions from political, music, film, and
journalistic personalities. Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay
Rockefeller’s documentary Renewal is the first feature-length documentary to bring to light the contributions of America’s religious institutions. This compelling film explores 8 diverse faith-based initiatives that exemplify the range and vitality of America’s religious-environmental movement, from Evangelical Christians protesting mountaintop removal coal mining in Kentucky to a Muslim organization supporting sustainable farming. National groups such as Interfaith Power and Light as well as local organizers such as New Jersey’s GreenFaith coalition are highlighted.
The MFA’s engagement of Renewal runs Feb. 21 - April 20.
“In towns across America, people are rolling up their sleeves in
practical and far-reaching ways. Offering a profound message of hope, Renewal shows people inspired from the deepest place within themselves -- their spiritual and religious convictions. They’re answering a call to re-examine what it means to be human and how we live on this planet.” – Marty Ostrow & Terry Kay Rockefeller
We’d appreciate it if you could include Renewal in your outreach to
your group. Digital images from the film and additional materials are
available upon request.
Ticket information: Members, seniors and students $8; general admission $9. Discount matinee prices (weekday until 5 p.m.; weekends until 12:30 p.m.) are $6, $7. To purchase please call the box office at 617-369-3687 or visit www.mfa.org/film.