March 31st, 2010
GRANTHAM, Pa. (April 1, 2010) — In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Messiah College will screen the documentary film “Earth Days” on April 22 at 7 p.m. in Parmer Cinema. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, traces the origins of the modern environmental movement though the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s to its moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day. The 120-minute film is free and open to the public, courtesy of a grant sponsored by PBS’ “American Experience.” The on-campus screening is sponsored by Messiah’s Student Activities Board and Earthkeepers. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Earth Days” interviewees include former Secretary of the Interior Steward Udall, renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins, biologist Paul Ehrlich, former Republican congressman Pete McClosky, Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes, and Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart. The film is produced by acclaimed director Robert Stone (“Oswald’s Ghost,” “Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst”).
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls 2,800 undergraduate students in more than 60 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.