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Elachee series continues with film on earth

POSTED: April 7, 2011 1:30 a.m.
/For The Times

"DIRT! The Movie" will screen at 7 p.m. April 15 at the Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville.

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Elachee Nature Science Center will continue its new film series of environmentally important films at 7 p.m. April 15 with the Gainesville premiere of "DIRT! The Movie."

"DIRT! The Movie" is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the unappreciated resource beneath our feet. One teaspoon of dirt contains a billion organisms working in remarkable balance to maintain and sustain a series of complex, thriving communities that impact our daily lives.

Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth," "Dirt! The Movie" takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and where we will later return to.

Filmed at more than 20 locations spanning the globe, "DIRT! The Movie" introduces an eclectic group of people who offer answers to problems and inspire us to clean up the mess that we’ve created.

Through the eyes (and words) of farmers and agronomists, the film covers sustainable agriculture, villagers’ rights to feed their families, prison horticulture programs, edible schoolyard gardens and connections with soil that can help reduce global warming — including ways to generate electricity from soils and sediments.

"DIRT! The Movie" uncovers the surprising ways we can repair our relationship with the soil and create new possibilities for all life on earth. You may never look at the ground beneath your feet quite the same way.

The film is directed by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, produced through Common Ground Media, Inc., a nonprofit foundation, and narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis. The movie trailer may be viewed through at

A not-to-be-missed event for lovers of science, the environment and good desserts, tickets for this showing are available online at or by calling 770-535-1976.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and includes an assortment of desserts and coffee. Seating is limited.

Elachee Nature Science Center is a nonprofit environmental education center.


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