March 13, 2013

photo: environmental film festival

NYU Washington, DC and the Environmental Film Festival hosted the Washington DC premiere of Empowered: Power from the People. After the screening, guests were joined by Film Director Shira Golding Evergreen and Producer Suzanne McMannis for a discussion. NYU DC Site Director Michael Ulrich introduced Evergreen and McMannis to the audience.

Washington, D.C. Premiere - Empowered: Power from the People

Part of the beauty of renewables is their availability: we all get some sun, wind or geothermal heat and we can harvest that energy – no power company or massive centralized plant needed. That’s the theme underlying this independent documentary produced in the Ithaca, N.Y. area. The directors were originally drawn to the topic of natural gas fracking, but preferred to make a film about something positive. That “something” turned out to be the community of energy do-it-yourselfers in the area: folks using sun, wind, biofuels and energy efficiency upgrades to power their lives. Energy’s not the only thing that doesn’t need massive infrastructure and money behind it: the creators of this film demonstrate that professional filmmaking can also come from a small-scale independent approach.


Shira Golding Evergreen

Shira Golding Evergreen

Shira makes documentaries and experimental films as well as leading community filmmaking projects in Ithaca, NY. 

Susan McMannis

Suzanne McMannis

Suzanne McMannis is the producer of The Forecast and the owner of Earthwalk Farm.