Local film festival spotlights tough issues

The second annual Reel Change Documentary Film Festival will focus on timely topics including environmental issues, sustainability and health. The festival, sponsored by James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design, will be held March 19-22 at Court Square Theater in downtown Harrisonburg. 

The four films featured are diverse stories following a man determined to collect evidence of climate change, a young couple who goes back to their roots in Alabama to eat local and seasonal, a group of self-learned midwives and a famous international artist who defies censorship laws through his art and social media use.

The festival is open to the public and admission is free. Following each film, the audience will have the opportunity to engage with filmmakers, experts and community members in an environment intended to inspire positive activism. The film lineup is as follows:

Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m.

“Chasing Ice” (2012)

            Followed by a panel discussion

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.

“Eating Alabama” (2012)

            Followed by a discussion with the director, Andy Grace

Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

“Birthday Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives” (2012)

            Followed by a Skype discussion with the director, Sara Lamm

Friday, March 22, 7 p.m.

“Al Weiwei: Never Sorry” (2012)

            Followed by a panel discussion


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March 14, 2013

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