GENESEO – Oscar-Nominated and Emmy-Winning filmmaker and activist Josh Fox, along with constitutional law professor and organizer Zephyr Teachout, will bring a one-of-a-kind variety show to the SUNY Geneseo campus as part of Fox’s Solutions Grassroots Tour: “Solar Home Companion.”
According to a press release from the Geneseo Office of Sustainability, this Sunday, March 1, in Newton Lecture Hall room 202, The Solutions Grassroots Tour: “A Solar Home Companion” will combine classic storytelling and great music with roll-up-your sleeves organizing to look at the impacts of fossil fuel development and provide a unique vision for developing renewable energy.
“We’re very excited about where New York state is headed” says Josh Fox, director of the tour. “Governor Cuomo has shown bold and brave leadership in banning fracking in New York, now we have to do the next step: build renewable energy and sustainable communities. We’re hoping this tour can help jumpstart the process. Zephyr Teachout’s campaign built grassroots strength across NY, now she is joining us to use that network to build renewable energy and strengthen democracy, we’re excited about her joining us.”
Lightly parodying NPR/Garrison Keillor’s popular “A Prairie Home Companion,” the show is like an old fashioned variety show, with music, stories, film sequences, and Americana but with a new twist: this show is designed to teach its audience how to go renewable and how to organize for a sustainable future.
In addition to Josh Fox’s banjo playing, the tour will feature a musical artist at most locations as well as a renewable energy expert who can answer questions about solar, wind, and local renewable energy providers. Bethany and Rufus, the acclaimed voice and cello duo, Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, and Vanessa Bley of Twin Danger are some of the artists who have committed to at least one date one the tour.
“A Solar Home Companion” will include never-before-seen sneak peek clips of Fox’s new film on climate change, a world-spanning new look at the climate crisis. Fox travels to the Amazon, Africa, Iceland, the American West to witness climate change first hand and bring inspirational stories of communities on the front lines of the climate crisis around the world.
Josh Fox is best known as the writer and director of GASLAND Parts I and II. Among numerous honors, together the films garnered an Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary and an Emmy for best Documentary Directing. Along with four other Emmy nominations, the films also received the Sundance Special Jury Prize for documentary, two Environmental Media Association Awards for Best Documentary and widespread HBO distribution. Fox is internationally recognized as a spokesperson and leader on the issue of fracking and extreme energy development. He is also the founder and producing artistic director of the International WOW Company. He is available for interviews prior to and during the showcase events.
Josh has toured to over 300 cities with his films and plays. As a national spokesman on the issues of the contamination resulting from fossil fuel extraction, Josh has appeared on the Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Keith Olbermann show, PBS Now, CNN and Democracy Now. He has regularly appeared on MSNBC making frequent appearances on The Chris Hayes shows (Up and All in), The Ed Show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Morning Joe, Melissa Harris-Perry, Alex Wagner, Tamron Hall, and Dylan Ratigan.
“It is great to see grassroots art, music and theatre coming together to pave the way for New York’s renewable energy future,” said Dan DeZarn, Director of Sustainability for SUNY Geneseo.
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