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2022 Sustainability Film Series and Facilitated Discussion
Virtual ZOOM facilitated discussion for MTU faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and community members.
3rd Thursday of each month, January to May 2022.
OWN: Land. Home. Block. (46 min.)
The film is a three-part documentary addressing food insecurity and home ownership in North Memphis, Tennessee, and how a community has developed positive solutions to pressing urban problems. The film is free on YouTube, and there is no charge to participate in the discussion. (46 min, YouTube)
The discussion will be led by Memphians Erin Burton Cole and Vivian Ekstrom, who have returned to their hometowns to work with the City of Memphis and Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to create solutions.
Burton Cole is a writer, performer and filmmaker. She is the founder and artistic director of Art With A Heartbeat, a company helping people and organizations bring important messages on difficult topics to life. She has written or directed four short films, the "OWN" docuseries, the full-length play "Ricochet," and more than 20 short plays to introduce critical conversations led by activists and psychologists. Recently named "a local playwright you should know" by the Daily Memphian, Burton Cole works diligently to tell the stories that help people see themselves, desire change, and simultaneously transform communities.
Ekstrom is the chief sustainability officer for the City of Memphis and Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency. She has over 10 years of experience as an urban and sustainability planner. She works on innovative solutions to tackle blight and disinvestment, and encourage quality, affordable housing and sustainable new development. In addition, Ekstrom managed the development of Memphis’ first climate action plan and contributed to land use planning and climate resilience projects.
The event is FREE. A $5 suggested donation per film to support the Sustainability Film Series is appreciated. Make a donation online.
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