Louisville Grows is proud to introduce a new program, the Louisville Grows’ Film Series. Hosted at our office, the Healthy House, this program aims to connect community members with documentaries and films focusing on environmental sustainability, personal health, and social justice. Our pilot screening in November of 2017, was standing room only with every neighborhood we serve represented. The participation was overwhelming!

On the second Thursday of each month, Louisville Grows opens our doors to the community and present an enriching film meant to inspire thought and actions. After the screening, a panel of local advocates and professionals pertaining to the subject matter of the film will lead a discussion with members of the audience. Louisville Grows is working to provide educational resources and opportunities for residents in some of the most ecologically and economically wounded neighborhoods in Louisville through this film series. Our supporters and the communities we serve have demonstrated they are receptive to this idea and engaged to the degree that we feel the Louisville Grows’ Film Series will become a core program in 2018 and beyond. The Louisville Grows’ Film Series is proud to be sponsored by Ale8 One.

UPCOMING FILM SCREENINGS: Resilience.

Back by popular demand! The July Edition of the Louisville Grows Film Series is Resilience. Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Previous Screenings:

EVOLVE

Can Kentucky drive America’s clean transportation future? The answer may surprise you. From humble beginnings, a small group of EV owners formed EVolve KY, a non-profit, to show Kentucky that cleaner transportation options are smart, economical, and better for the planet. EVOLVE: Driving a Clean Future in Coal Country tells the story of passionate people doing exceptional work in unlikely places.

Served Like A Girl

Director Lysa Heslov’s powerful documentary, SERVED LIKE A GIRL, follows several American women who were wounded in action and are now transitioning from soldier to civilian after serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, divorce, serious illness, and military sexual abuse, these remarkable women harness humor to adapt to the emotional, social and economic challenges they face, through the MS. VETERAN AMERICA competition. Balancing beauty and brawn, they are guided by event founder and veteran Major Jas Boothe, using the competition to regain their identities and way of life that they sacrificed in foreign wars. It is an engaging and honest look at an often unseen veteran reality.

Seed: The Untold Story

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Dolores Documentary

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.

Beargrass Creek

“Beargrass” is the story of Beargrass Creek, from Big Bang to the present day. This 30 minute documentary looks at what the creek has done for us, what we have done for it, and what we all might do in the future. It is part history, part tragedy, all mixed with a slight comic touch. If you care about the creek, if you care about the community of Louisville, “Beargrass” will float your boat!

Resilience

The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope.” RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress

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