We will be presenting the Santa Cruz County version of "The Cannonball Express" at venues throughout Santa Cruz County upon completion of the video in late September, 2009. Please contact us immediately at (650) 274-2709 to reserve a date and to discuss the location of your choice.
You may describe the presentation in publications and emails to your friends, neighbors and associates with the words of your choice. Our suggested description of this enjoyable and provocative evening, goes something like this...
Still reeling from last summer's major forest fires? You'll be in good company and in good hands, with Steve Kennedy and his incredibly lucid film, "The Cannonball Express." Kennedy outlines his three basic beliefs in four dramatic scenes: suburban forest fires are real, wildfire has the potential to overwhelm us and we are capable of shaping the fuel loads that feed monster fires.
An independent voice with no bureaucratic stake in the outcome, Kennedy spent years studying catastrophic wildfire and boils down the important facts into one compelling presentation. Kennedy, who likes to challenge traditional viewpoints, argues that with population growth and global climate change, the next 20 years will be unlike the past 20 years, and that it's impossible to have a thriving environment with a stagnant political system.
The evening begins at X:00 p.m. with a social hour and potluck; the film begins at Y:00 p.m. and will be followed by discussion. Please RSVP to....._________ at (831) XXX-XXXX. "
Upon completion of the video, the author will also be presenting the video to the following major stakeholders, according to their express wishes and written invitations:
Valley Womens Club (which meets in Felton, CA)
Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee
Contra Costa County Resource Conservation District
Sierra Club - Loma Prieta Chapter
Tamalpais Valley Improvement Club
Community Television of Santa Cruz County (for cablecasting)
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
Santa Cruz County Fish & Game Commission
Napa County Wildlife Conservation Commission
The home of Elaine McGee. A Berkeley hills homeowner since 1948 and a founding sponsor of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy. (A encore performance. The East Bay Hills version of the video was previously presented here in 2007.)
California Exotic Pest Plant Council's Annual Symposium
A meeting of vegetation management staff and managers of volunteers working for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, to be chaired by plant ecologist Maria Alvarez, leader of the park's volunteer Habitat Restoration Team.
The Cannonball Express was screened to a small but appreciative audience at a cozy little club in Saratoga called the, "Blue Rock Shoot", on Tuesday evening, June 24th, 2008 at 7:30 PM.
The purpose of the gathering was to showcase progressive films that dealt with our disfunctional educational system, our place in the natural world and of course, on community organizing to solve these problems. The gathering was described as a unique opportunity to view seldom seen works about the growing phenomena of media integration, technology and the environment. A short Q&A session with the film makers followed.
The evening was sponsored in part by Schoolhouse Earth, a subsidiary of the non profit organization, Transformation of Education.