'Switch: Discover the Future of Energy'
Arcos Films presents the acclaimed new documentary, "Switch: Discover the Future of Energy," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science on the Luther campus.
The documentary is designed to give straight answers to today's most important energy questions: Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will we run out of oil? Can we clean up coal? Will renewables power our future?
The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
In "Switch," energy visionary Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. The Washington Post wrote "Switch" is "Smart and refreshingly free of hot air."
Throughout the documentary, Tinker seeks the truth from the international leaders of government, industry and academia, and in the end cuts through the confusion to discover a path to the world's energy future as surprising as it is practical. Variety describes his techniques as "intelligent, honest and quite effective."
The documentary will screen at 250 universities across the country as part of the Geological Society of America "Switch Energy Awareness and Efficiency Program," which also includes a campus ambassador program and efficiency drive.
"Switch" and the GSA program are both smaller pieces to the greater "Switch Energy Project." The project was created by Arcos Films, directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Harry Lynch and co-produced with Tinker. It also includes a continually expanding website of 300-plus videos on the energy topics that drive our world and an educational program of videos and curricula co-developed with NEED.org and the American Geological Institute. It will eventually feature a broadcast series designed to discover solutions to our most pressing energy challenges.
Lynch said, "With our preview audiences, we've seen that people from left and right, young and old, fossil and renewable, energy companies and environmental groups, are all positive on the balanced message, and on the conversation it could help start. And really that's our goal – to start a balanced national energy conversation with this film. We need that badly."
The film has already been named an official selection for several upcoming film festivals, and has won many awards including "Best of Fest" at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.
Tinker has dedicated the past 30 years to exploring energy, building on his passion for bringing government, industry and academia together to solve the world's toughest energy challenges. He has given nearly 500 invited and keynote lectures in nearly 50 countries.
Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, the acting Associate Dean of Research and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair at the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin.
Lynch has been a documentary director, producer, writer, cinematographer and soundtrack producer for the last 17 years. Some of his films include: "Switch," "Unconventional," "Recapturing Cuba" and "Ride Around the World." He is the founder of Arcos Films, a multimedia production company focused on building a practical understanding of today's most pressing social issues.
For more information, or to schedule an interview with Scott Tinker or Harry Lynch, contact Janice Woods, firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 861-6278.
Other media outlets on "Switch":
"Agenda free journalism – that's what makes Switch so impressive." ‐ Cinespect
"Affable, reasonable and unfailingly curious." ‐ Boston Globe
"An admirable job untangling the issues." ‐ Los Angeles Times
"Must‐see entertainment for every person in America." ‐ DC Film Review
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