Thursday, May 31, 2012

Somewhere In New Mexico Before The End of Time - film event

A message from filmmaker, Michael Sosebee

This is a reminder that this Saturday @ 4 p.m. we will film the event around Dr. Guy McPherson's speech at the Buena Vista Audubon in Oceanside.  Parts of it may be featured in the upcoming film: "Somewhere In New Mexico Before The End Of Time".  It's going to be quite a show for those who get the opportunity to attend.  Musicians, tribal shamans and native drums...and finally Guy telling the truth as only he can.

It's been a very long journey to this point and I'm only halfway there.  If you'd allow me the indulgence I'd like to recount some of that journey with you.

I met Guy last fall when I spent 10 days at his perma-culture settlement in New Mexico.  We had been corresponding for months.  He was open to the idea of doing a documentary about the message so it came together.  While there, Guy introduced me to The Land Trust and they allowed me into their "tribe" for a close look at what voluntary poverty looks like (not what you'd imagine).  I also re-discovered what living with animals is like.  Ducks, goats chickens bees insects deer and squirrels - life.  I don't know how I got any filming done because I found myself taking long afternoon naps.

Many of the people that I filmed and interviewed gave me a condition: that I don't reveal where they live. So I asked: "How about 'Somewhere In New Mexico'?" and they told me "that's fine!"  I was also reading Updike's comic turn on dystopian collapse "Toward The End Of Time" so...

After Guy McPherson leaves, I travel north to spend several days with Sherry Ackerman at her Hermitage in Mt. Shasta.  I also hope to meet and interview Stan Moore in San Jeronimo.  Stan is a self-taught naturalist and raptor specialist who is also a homeless plumber.

What is the goal of the film?:  The goal of the film is to present a predicament and some ideas about what we might be able to do about it.  

Hypothesis:  If the current industrial culture is allowed to run it's course we'll push ourselves and a goodly number of other living systems into extinction.

Are transition groups a viable path?  Are these the lifeboats of tomorrow?  Will people renounce luxury for the sake of life and the survival of our great-great grand-children?

For me, the message is compelling.  I'm in the process of walking away (as soon as I finish this film).

I'd like to thank all of the generous donors that are helping make this film and message a possibility.  I've never done a campaign before so it was encouraging.  As yet we're well short of our goal so unfortunately I'll need to do another one so I ask for your indulgence.  If you can help with a small donation I appreciate it.  If you can't that's OK.  Share the message.

graphic artist, Miguel Blanco of Vista, CA

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