Award-winning film Green Fire to show in Sutter Creek on March 24

*Foothill Conservancy News R**elease*
For Immediate Release, February 25, 2013
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*Aldo Leopold documentary to screen at the Sutter Creek Theater on March 24*
Green Fire connects legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold with modern conservation projects

On Sunday, March 24, the Foothill Conservancy will host a screening of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, an Emmy Award-winning documentary film. The screening will be held at the historic 1919 Sutter Creek Theater at 4 p.m. Green Fire explores legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the 20th century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied around the world. Director Steve Dunsky will introduce the film in Sutter Creek and discuss it with the audience afterward.

Green Fire shares highlights from Leopold’s life and extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the 20th century and still inspires people today. Although best known as the author of the conservation classic A Sand County Almanac, Leopold is also renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist, and wilderness advocate. The film was recently honored with an Emmy Award for Best Historical Documentary at the 54th annual Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

“We’re really looking forward to sharing Green Fire with the community,” said Foothill Conservancy Executive Director Cecily Smith. “Local landowners and the native people before them have a long tradition of caring for the land. We think this film will resonate with them as well as anyone concerned about the natural world and our relationship with it.”

“Aldo Leopold’s legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world,” said Aldo Leopold Foundation Executive Director Buddy Huffaker. “What is exciting about Green Fire is that it is more than just a documentary about Aldo Leopold; it also explores the influence his ideas have had in shaping the conservation movement as we know it today by highlighting some really inspiring people and organizations doing great work to connect people and the natural world in ways that even Leopold might not have imagined.”

Green Fire illustrates Leopold’s continuing influence by exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level. Viewers will meet urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological restoration. They’ll learn about ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes by working on their own properties and with their neighbors, in cooperative community conservation efforts. They’ll meet wildlife biologists who are bringing back threatened and endangered wildlife— from cranes to Mexican wolves—to the landscapes where they once thrived. Green Fire portrays how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land—his call for a land ethic—ties all of these modern conservation stories together and offers inspiration and insight for the future.

Green Fire is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and Nature. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The foundation’s mission is to inspire an ethical relationship between people and land through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. You can learn more about the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Green Fire movie at www.aldoleopold.org.

Admission to the film is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Tickets are available online at the Sutter Creek Theater website, www.suttercreektheater.comand in Sutter Creek from Heart and Soul, 42 Main St., and the Andis Winery Tasting Room, 45 Main St.

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