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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Washington DC-based independent film maker's documentary about the Southbridge Landfill Expansion to premier Friday June 26th in Southbridge

What: 'Now U Know', a short independent film about the Southbridge Landfill expansion, brings together local residents, activists and landfill experts. This film explores how and why a dangerous landfill expansion has been approved by the Town of Southbridge Board of Health despite overwhelming public opposition. Once you have viewed this thoughtful and illuminating work you will understand why a landfill accepting more than 405,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year cannot be safe.

When: June 26th, 2009 7PM

Where: Cohasse Country Club, Southbridge, MA
Free admission - cash bar
View the film on their 60" screen
MC - Larry Beinema

About the film maker:
Jonathan Alexander, an independent filmmaker working out of Washington DC, is a Film and Video graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has worked as a freelance videographer for MTV, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX, and NHK on various projects, mainly as a photo journalist. He has also worked as staff videographer for Greenpeace covering various actions and video news releases about events/actions/protests involving environmental campaigns.

He became interested in the Southbridge Landfill expansion while visiting the region during the the Board of Health hearings last spring. Over the past year, Mr. Alexander has gathered interviews from experts, scientists, and concerned residents. Mr. Alexander's wife, Heather Roymans, creative director at the Discovery Channel, and Lindsay Goodwin, biologist and local activist, collaborated in the making of this film. For this project, they were able to attract the pro bono assistance of peers and other volunteers concerned by the issue of waste disposal on a local and national level.

Contact info:
Jonathan Alexander
jexander@yahoo.com
1-703-868-1317

Heather Roymans
Creative Director
Discovery Channel
240-662-3348 (office)
240-893-9847 (cell)


More about the film:

Participants:
Chris Kelley
* Provides narration -- Voice heard on ESPN, VH1, and the Discovery Channel

Lynne Simonds
Program Director, Southbridge Community Connections

Onix Melendez
Southbridge Resident

Laurent R. McDonald
Private Pilot, Retired Air Force Fire Chief, Southbridge Resident

Neil Seldman
President & Director of Waste to Wealth Program, Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR), Washington DC
Since 1974, ILSR has worked with citizen groups, governments and private businesses in developing policies that extract the maximum value from local resources.

Dr. David Carpenter
Director of the Institute for Health & the Environment, University of Albany
* Recently interviewed on both the TODAY show and Good Morning America
* Author of over 300 major peer reviewed scientific publications
* Member, Board of Directors, Pacific Basin Consortium for Hazardous Waste Health and Environment
* Member, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee

Ron Merritt
President & Senior Scientist, DeTect Inc., Panama City, FL
* Recently Interviewed on CNN for the Hudson River Crash
* 7 years experience as Chief of the Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) Team, Environmental Engineering Division, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
* Has given lectures on bird strike hazards and related topics at international conferences in Spain, Germany, England, Finland, Belgium, Israel, New Zealand, Panama, Canada, and Chile

Lynne Pledger
Sierra Club Zero Waste Committee Member, Don't Waste Massachusetts Founder

Kirstie Pecci, Esq.
Pro Bono Attorney

Lara DeRose
Community Organizer for Residents for Alternative Trash Solutions (RATS)

John Pulawski
Southbridge Resident

Thanks to Lindsay Godwin for the information

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