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Wentraub To Discuss Film At Sierra Club


May 21, 2018

The Pisgah Group of the Sierra Club welcomes Western North Carolina filmmaker David Weintraub, creator of "Call of the Ancient Mariner," a new documentary which will be shown at the monthly meeting on Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m.

"Mariner" tells the story of man's love affair with sea turtles that goes back since the dawn of time. The film was shot throughout the southeastern U.S., with original music created by local musicians. The film won Best of the Festival at the 2015 Charleston Film Festival and played to packed houses there. In addition to seeing this award-winning film, those present will be able to speak directly with the filmmaker about efforts being made today to protect our natural heritage.

Weintraub is an award-winning film director, having produced nearly two dozen films that have been screened at film festivals around the world and on public television. He is the founder and director of the Center for Cultural Preservation, which seeks to preserve mountain culture through a multi-county Mountain Elder Wisdom Project, which has completed more than 100 videotaped oral histories with mountain elders in over 10 counties in Western North Carolina.

Weintraub believes that understanding how people lived their lives before Walmart and plastic devices ruled is important to rekindle how Western North Carolina communities can find ways to live more resilient and more authentic lives. Weintraub has also published more than a dozen books, is a columnist with the Times-News and dabbles in law when he can find the time.

As self-proclaimed environmental troublemaker for the area, Weintraub has worked with half a dozen environmental organizations, including working as director of the Environmental and Conservation Organization, to create a better balance between development and protecting our natural inheritance.

The meeting will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the intersection of South Broad Street and Varsity Street with a social time starting at 7 p.m. The meeting will open at 7:15 with short reports from club committees. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m.


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