On November 14, 2018

‘Burned’ looks at international controversy of forests for fuel

Saturday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m.—WOODSTOCK—The ninth annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series at the Billings Farm & Museum will feature the documentary, “Burned: Are Trees the New Coal,” on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3: p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in HD projection and surround sound, with complimentary refreshments. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Vermont filmmakers Alan Dater and Lisa Merton’s feature-length documentary takes an unwavering look at the latest energy industry solution to climate change. The film tells the story of how woody biomass has become the fossil-fuel industry’s renewable, green savior, and of the people and parties who are both fighting against and promoting its adoption and use.

Through interviews with activists, experts, and citizens, along with vérité-style footage shot across the U.S. and in the E.U. and U.K., the film interweaves the science of climate change, the escalating energy-policy disputes, the dynamics of forest ecology, the biomass industry practices, the conflict between jobs and trees, and the actions of activists and citizens who are working to protect their own health, their communities, the forest, and the planet’s climate.

Woven together, the various stories present an intimate and visceral account of what is – at this moment in time – a critical, yet mostly unknown, national and international controversy.

“Burned” reveals the shocking destruction of our forests for fuel and the resultant rise in carbon emissions that exceed those of coal-burning. The film received an Audience Choice Award from the American Conservation Film Festival Committee.

Meet the filmmakers. Dater and Merton will attend the screening and discuss their film.

Tickets prices are $11 for adults (16 and up); and $6 for children (under 16). BF&M members receive discounted prices. For a complete list of screenings and to purchase tickets, visit billingsfarm.org/filmfest or call 802-457-5303.

Billings Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12. It is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a charitable non-profit institution.

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