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Documentary Film The 11th Hour and Events with Author Shawn Otto

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – Author Shawn Otto will be in town for events in conjunction with the upcoming Third Friday Film Series film on Friday, August 16, 2013. Events start at 5 p.m. at the Lanesboro Public Library, where Shawn will do a presentation, Q&A and book signing for his book ‘Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America.’ Then at 7:30 p.m. the documentary film The 11th Hour will be shown at the St. Mane Theatre, with discussion afterwards led by Shawn Otto. Free and open to the public, these events are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. The film runs 91 minutes.

From Marine on St. Croix, Minn., Shawn Otto is the winner of the 2012 Minnesota Book Award for ‘Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America’, a behind-the-scenes look at how the government, our politics, and the media prevent us from finding the real solutions we need. The book offers suggestions about what we can do to change course. “Otto makes a case that can’t be refuted,” says Bill Nye, ‘the Science Guy’, executive director of Planetary Society. “Science is important to all of us, especially the U.S. government. He backs it up with peer reviewed studies, carefully researched numbers, and his own extensive experience.” During the Hollywood writers’ strike in 2007 and 2008, Otto co-founded and became the CEO of the largest political initiative in the history of American science, the 125-million-strong Science Debate 2008, which Barack Obama and John McCain participated in, marking the first time in history endorsed presidential candidates laid out science policies in detail before the election. Shawn Otto’s work has been published in Science Magazine, Salon.com, Huffington Post, MinnPost.com, Issues in Science & Technology, [1], New Scientist, and Scientific American.

The 11th Hour describes the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how humanity has arrived at this moment – how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. The film features dialogues with experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who present the facts and discuss the most important issues that face our planet. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, The 11th Hour is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Leila Conners Petersen, Chuck Castleberry and Brian Gerber, written and directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners.

Third Friday Film Series is an educational series sponsored by the Lanesboro Arts Center in partnership with volunteers. 2013 features films on the topic of “Energy.” Free-will donations help to cover costs of film licensing. Series runs Third Fridays May through October, with films held at the St. Mane Theatre at 206 Parkway Ave N in Lanesboro, Minn. The last two dates in the series this year will be September 20 and October 18 with titles tba. Lanesboro Arts Center serves the community as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. 507-467-2446 / www.lanesboroarts.org.

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