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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.

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Film | By aec | 12:15 PM

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