Tuesday, June 5th
Doors at 6:30 PM.
Film at 7:15 PM.
$5 Suggested Donation.
Q&A after the film
Humboldt Citizens for Clean Energy is proud to host a screening of the documentary Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? The film will be followed by a question and answer discussion with filmmakers Alan Dater and Lisa Merton.
Burned takes a hard look at the latest false solution to climate change: woody biomass. It reveals how biomass has become the alternative-energy savior for the power-generation industry. The film is a visceral account of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel. Using interviews with experts, activists, and citizens, along with vérité-style footage shot across the US and Europe, the film probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant greenwashing of the burgeoning biomass power industry. Woven together, the various elements present an intimate and compelling account of what is at this moment in time a critical, yet somewhat unknown, national and international controversy.
And it’s a controversy with particular relevance for Humboldt County. Nearly a quarter of the RCEA’s Community Choice Energy mix — and the vast majority of its locally-produced “renewable” energy — comes from biomass, at a premium cost for ratepayers. The RCEA has made it clear that even if we eventually have offshore wind, biomass will always be a key component of their “renewable” energy mix.
Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? is currently only being shown at film festivals and special screenings internationally, where it has been receiving rave reviews and critical acclaim. In 2017, it won the Audience Choice Award at the American Conservation Film Festival. The committee stated, “This film elicited a powerful and passionate response from our audience this year, with many saying they had no idea about this issue and its devastating impacts.” Alan Dater has previously worked on Emmy Award-winning productions for major U.S. television networks and National Geographic Specials. He and Lisa Merton have been making films together since 1989. Dater and Merton have co-directed and co-produced several award-winning documentaries, and their films have been shown on PBS.
A donation of $5 is suggested, but not required, for admission. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the documentary visit burnedthemovie.com. This is a rare opportunity not to be missed!