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HopeDance Films presents Consume This Movie along with Cecile Andrews, author of Slow Is Beautiful and The Circle of Simplicity on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. at Dancing Deer, located at 2975 Vineyard Drive in Templeton. 

Are Americans too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planetary ecology in order to serve the desires and drives of the ego? And what, or who, could be driving this powerful force of seduction? Consume This Movie takes an 80-minute critical look at social injustice, peak oil, resource depletion, and our deep need to feel connected to each other through what we choose to consume. The documentary also examines the frenzied pace of fast-lane materialism that is beginning to burn us out. 

Woven into this exploration are interviews with Dr. Peter Whybrow, American Mania, Juliet B. Schor, The Overspent American, simplicity gurus Cecile Andrews and Duane Elgin, photographic artist Chris Jordan, advertising expert James B. Twitchell and Post Carbon Institute’s Julian Darley, among others. The discussion after the film will be about solutions: Transition Towns as well as the Phinney Ecovillage neighborhood. Andrews is the founder of the Phinney Ecovillage, a project to build sustainability and community in her North Seattle neighborhood. Info: transitioncalifornia.ning.com profile/CecileAndrews, cecileandrews.com or consumethismovie.com/files/preview.html. BYOB or wine with desserts. Tickets cost $5. Info: hopedance.org or  369-0203.

—Christy Heron

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