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LA Filmmaker Attending Local Premiere Saturday

by aec

It's not often that Chattanoogans get to see a film three months before its nationwide theatrical release, but this weekend you'll have that opportunity PLUS the chance to meet the filmmaker!

The Arts & Education Council's Back Row Film Series continues on Saturday, June 20, with a public showing of Fuel, winner of the coveted Audience Award at the most recent Sundance Film Festival. The filmmaker Josh Tickell will be here to introduce his film, answer questions and sign copies of his book, Biodiesel America.

When: Saturday, June 20
Where: Green|Spaces, 63 East Main Street
6:30 PM reception, 7:00 PM film, discussion and book signing
Tickets: $10 ($5 for AEC members), Save $20 by purchasing Back Row season passes!

Fuel tells the story of Tickell's lifetime quest to find alternative fuels after his mother fell ill from pollution produced by nearby oil refineries in Louisiana. An insightful portrait of America's addiction to oil and an uplifting testament to the immediacy of new energy solutions, Fuel shuttles us on a whirlwind journey to track the rise of the oil industry and reveals a gamut of available solutions to "repower America," from vertical farms that occupy skyscrapers to algae facilities that turn wastewater into fuel.

Tickell made national news this month when he was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, and was featured on CNN.com on June 12 (read the article

Now in its 4th year, the Back Row Film Series pairs screenings with related programming such as guest speakers, musical performances, culinary presentations or visual art. Topics address issues that are relevant to our community and draw a diverse and engaged audience. The result is an innovative approach to film viewing that connects each art form and prompts conversations, furthering the AEC's mission to provide unique opportunities for lifelong learning and participation in the arts for all members of the community.

"This event exemplifies the mission of the Back Row Film Series," says Laurel Eldridge, AEC Program Director. "We are showing a film that is not yet available on big screens, and probably won't ever come to Chattanooga theatres. And the chance to meet the filmmaker and ask questions simply enhances the entire learning experience."

Working with community partners like Green|Spaces makes this Series both possible and locally relevant.

"The audience has a chance to experience Back Row events in a variety of venues around the community, each carefully selected to fit the particular program. This week we get to see what Green|Spaces is doing to help make Chattanooga become more sustainable.''

The next three events in the Series include a film and musical performance at Barking Legs Theatre, a food and film night at Loose Cannon, and an evening dedicated to John Ross and local Native American history at the Tennessee Aquarium.

For more information about the Back Row Film Series (or to purchase tickets) visit our website or call 423-267-1218.


Make your own fuel for less than $1 a gallon

by aec


Join AEC for a screening of the feature length documentary FUEL and a discussion with the director Josh Tickell.

Saturday, June 20
Green|Spaces, 63 East Main Street

6:30 PM Welcome reception
7:00 PM Film screening
9:00 PM Discussion and book signing

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About Josh
Josh Tickell is one of the nation's leading experts on alternative fuels. He grew up in Louisiana where members of his family suffered from diseases linked to pollution from oil refineries. He began to look for alternatives to petroleum in college, when he discovered biodiesel while working on a farm in the former East Germany .

Fascinated, Tickell started to conduct his own research. He translated documents written by the inventor of the diesel engine, Rudolf Diesel, and found that the first diesel engine had been designed to run on vegetable oil, not petroleum.

After the publication of his first book, Tickell enrolled in Florida State University's School of Motion Picture Television and Recording Arts where he earned his MFA in film. His goal: to direct and produce a major theatrical documentary motion picture that both chronicles and is a catalyst in the biodiesel and green energy movement. He had begun shooting footage for the documentary in 1997 during his first Veggie Van trip.

In 2003, Tickell began working full time on the production of the documentary film tentatively titled 'Fields of Fuel.' The feature length High Definition film FUEL was released in 2008. The film features appearances by Woody Harrelson, Larry Hagman, Neil Young and Willie Nelson among other notable celebrities and cultural icons. It has received numerous awards including the AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY AT SUNDANCE.

As a precursor to his movie, Tickell release a controversial new book "Biodiesel America - How to Achieve Energy Security, Free America From Middle-East Oil Dependence and Make Money Growing Fuel." The book challenges the status quo of the oil industry, the automakers and the government and offers a complete energy roadmap to wean the US from fossil fuels.

Tickell is widely recognized as the most engaging and inspirational public speaker in his field. He has consulted for companies and organizations such as National Biodiesel Board, Arizona State House of Representatives, Solar Energy International, Quicksilver and Clif Bar. He has spoken at numerous colleges and universities including MIT, Ohio University , Bard College , Vassar College and Colorado College and has presented in including Cuba , Argentina , Burma and Australia . His presentations and books have been attributed with starting multiple biodiesel businesses and laying the foundation for the Australian, Polish and South Pacific biodiesel industries.

His first book inspired one man to convert an entire South Sea island to using only biodiesel fuel for its energy and transportation needs.

Tickell founded the Biodiesel America Organization. In 2005, it was selected by President Bill Clinton to be part of his Global Initiative on Climate Change. Tickell mounted a biodiesel relief effort to aid victims of the hurricanes in Louisiana and Mississippi . His biodiesel-fueled relief ships delivered 20,000 meals, clothing and medical supplies to the hardest-hit areas of the disaster zone.

Tickell has appeared on The Today Show, Dateline NBC, CNN News, The National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Channel, NPR , the Jeff Rense and Jim Hightower radio shows and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Independent (UK), The Smithsonian Magazine, Maxim Magazine and Mother Earth News.

Tickell uses his expert knowledge and powerful communication skills to offer solutions to rising gas prices, global climate change, pollution-related health issues and national energy security.