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Green Film Explores Complexity of Denial & Cha...

by Office of Environmental Affairs - February 9, 2019

Montclair’s office of Environmental Affairs is proud to present another free screening in the Green Film Series, on Thursday, February 21, 6:00p.m., at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, 07042.

Denial” is a unique film about a utility executive and smart grid pioneer, in a nation in denial about climate change, who is battling his own denial about his true identity.

Every day our changing climate pushes us closer to an environmental catastrophe, but for most the problem is easy to ignore. As people we often find it difficult to face change; we'd rather be in denial.

A Vermont utility CEO made it his mission to take on one of the US's largest contributors to the global crisis: our outdated and vulnerable electric grid. Under his leadership, his utility was one of the first to implement a smart grid, using digital technology to increase efficiency and the use of renewable sources.

But when his filmmaker son tries to tell his father's story, the film is soon derailed by a staggering family secret, one that forces them both to turn their attention toward a much more personal struggle, one that can no longer be denied.

With startling access to behind-the-scenes energy industry deals and intimate family moments, and with unique humor in the face of overwhelming events, “Denial” manages to present insights into two important topics – one global and one personal – through a funny, informational, and enormously compelling narrative, and at the same time to throw light on the messy business of change.

Bring a friend, a neighbor, or your family energy czar to this free screening, and to our open discussion afterwards. For further questions, call Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or email: grussell@montclairnjusa.org.

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