Finger Lakes Bioneers co-hosts regional FREEDOM Tour

Michael Burns michael at
Wed Oct 5 14:56:57 EDT 2011

Cortland Native Brings New Film on Biofuel Alternatives to Region this

The Finger Lakes Bioneers, in association with Sustainable Cortland
and SUNY Cortland, present the Cortland premiere of FREEDOM, a 90-
minute documentary film by Josh and Rebecca Tickell. The film explores
an array of greener fuel solutions and technological alternatives to
address the dilemmas of our fossil fuel-dependent society. The
national tour of the "Freedom" eco-bus, visiting around 50 cities, is
stewarded by Boise Thomas, a young Cortland native who went west and
has developed and hosted programming for Discovery Communications'
channel Planet Green and for the G Living lifestyle network. He will
participate in the audience Q&A after the film along with
representatives from Sustainable Tompkins and Sustainable Cortland.
Other local groups advancing the community conversation about our
ecological 'footprint' will be tabling.

The 90-minute film will screen at 7:30 PM Monday, October 10th. Public
is invited and admission and parking is free. Location for both events
is the Corey Union on the campus of SUNY Cortland. From 6-7:30 the
traveling bus, which doubles as a clean-energy laboratory and a
“green” mobile entertainment system, will be open for tours in front
of Corey Union.

The "FREEDOM TOUR" ( is a nearly four-month
excursion across the US that focuses on displacing gasoline with
renewable alternatives. The "FREEDOM BUS" is traveling to movie
theaters and colleges across the US and into Canada supporting the
release of the "FREEDOM" film. The bus has been retrofitted to carry
18 solar panels, an E85 bio-fuel engine and power generator, energy
efficiency, wind, solar and water displays, eco-building materials and
a projection system for outdoor viewing and presentations.  The film
is produced by the filmmakers of the 2008 Sundance Audience Award
winning film "Fuel."

There will also be screenings of the film and visits by the bus at
Cortland High School where Thomas graduated and at Onondaga Community
College which he also attended. These will occur on Friday, October
7th. The film screens on the OCC campus at 1:30 PM in Storer
Auditorium. The bus will be parked there for tours. Boise Thomas will
be available to meet with public and press at all events.

There may be more screenings in the area so stay tuned to the Finger
Lakes Bioneers website: for updates.

Finger Lakes Bioneers has hosted two regional conferences and helped
link central New York audiences to the work of Bioneer innovators
).  This year's film series in Auburn, Cortland, Elmira and Watkins
Glen seeks to connect communities across our region on topics related
to our shared future.

The 22nd annual Bioneers conference will be held October 14-16 in
Marin County, California.  It is a leading-edge forum and
environmental conference that brings together social and scientific
innovators. This year's speakers include Phillipe Cousteau, Amory
Lovins, and Gloria Steinem.


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