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Traveling with HopeDance FiLMs to northern ca this summer

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Here is a

list of gigs

that we have created thusfar in the travels (by way of counties):


Tuesday, July 5: TEMPLETONFARMAGEDDON, food available at 5:30, film at 7:30pm: Flyer, trailer, details: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/05/5409

RESULT: over 30 people attended with mucho discussions about legalities, feds vs state legislation, challenging times ahead for farmers, new legal rules about not even being able to give produce away, former calpoly student who calls her education indoctrination via Monsanto, cant even get certain papers she wrote published because of administration policy, what happened to freedom of the press?




Wednesday, July 6: IONS/EarthRise / PETALUMA: Vine of the Soul (film) with Ralph Metzner to speak after, 7pm, $10 / Details, flyer: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/06/5411 Buy advanced tickets and save $2: http://www.hopedance.org/purchase

RESULTS: close to 90 people attended to see this film with some extra bonus footage from Dennis McKenna as well as some wonderful anecdotes and chats from Ralph Metzner. MAPS had a table and sold many books and gave lots of information away about their org. Film meeting for the  morning got postponed till the 13th. Very exqusitie place in the woods (off 101 near Petaluma), gonna check out their permaculture food forest that was originally designed by Penny Livingston about 5 years ago.

Tuesday, July 12: IONS/EarthRise / PETALUMA: Dreams of Damanhur, with some folks from Damanhur, a spiritual ecovillage/community in Italy, 7pm, $10 / Details, flyer, trailer: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/12/5421 Buy advanced tickets and save $2: http://www.hopedance.org/purchase

Enjoy an optional "potluck" on the back patio between 5:30 and 7:00 Please bring a dish to share if you'd like to participate!

RESULTS: pot luck was fantastic, around 55 people from both the public and staff, 2 people who had visited Damanhur (who live in the area) answered questions. They said the film depicted whats going on there but of course was limited since Damanhur is a federation and has more than 1,000 people.

Friday, July 15: SANTA ROSAFIXING THE FUTURE, INDEPENDENT AMERICA and 2 shorts: Details, flyer, trailers: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/15/5423

RESULTS: about 20 people were entertained/educated by these 2 films that focus on the movement toward the local, highlighted BALLE, Sustainable Connections in Bellinghman, WA and TimeBank which film cosponsor Share Exchange has a timebank in Santa Rosa with over 250 members.

Sat & Sunday, July 16 & 17: COTATI: Farmageddon, Wake Up, Laughology and a LY session. Details: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/16/5355

RESULTS: About 25 people attended the Farmageddon film and much discussion about the lost knowledge of the health benefits of raw milk (of 100 years ago). About 15 people attended Wake Up and the discussions emerged from other people who have had "psychic/spiritual" experiences. 2 people attend the Laughology/LY session and it was a hoot! with 4 people total it worked, less than that can be quite problematic.

Monday, July 18th: SANTA ROSA: Vine of the Soul with skyped interview with the filmmaker Details: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/18/5437 / 6pm for snacks and drinks (personal note to me: get there at 5pm)

RESULTS: 2 people attended and 3 staff. Because of short notice and MAPS was out of town; it seemed to be a waste but because we had already orchestrated a skyped interview with Richard Meech his eloquence and knowledge was fantastic. We need to really jump on to get more cosponsorships. As you will see below, those are the keys to getting a number of people, and diverse people as well...



Thursday, July 7: Farmageddon at Solar Living Institute in Hopland, 13771 S. Hwy 101 in the classroom yurt in the Garden, pot luck party at 5:30pm (bring your own eating ware = 0 waste), Film starts at 7pm, suggested sliding scale $8-$10. Details .

RESULTS: only interns and staff came, and becuase it was hot in the yurt where the film was screened there wasnt much of a discussion. about 7 people altogether.


Friday, July 8: TALK AT MENDOCINO ENVIRO CENTER (with short films, with Bob Banner):  7pm (http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/08/5424)

RESULTS: about 15 people with many discussions, experiences, and short films (especially the one about Awakenings) to add to the emphasis of "Moving Beyond Transition."

Saturday, July 9: UKIAHFarmageddon and First Earth: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/09/5425

RESULTS: About 15 people attended. Cosponsored by the transition folks as well as the MEC Mendocino Environmental Center. They publicized it well. 2 radio interviews, lots of flyers around town. Many people didnt know about the gov raids and were of course shocked but not that surprised. And lots of discussion about how to do natural building and where are the workshops, etc.


Sunday, July 10: UKIAHLAUGHOLOGY (film) PLUS A FREE LY SESSION: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/10/5427

RESULTS: about 12 people participated and it was a hoot! All participated and now realize the power of laughter and its benefits both physical as well as mental.

Friday, July 15: WILLITS: Farmageddon: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/15/5436

See the latest blog about a local Willits "cease and desist" action against a local goat farmer.

RESULTS: They had over 70 people and raised much money for various orgs that are food related. Becuase of the cease and desist order (since selling of raw GOATS mik is illegal in CA) more people came to the film to underestand the local issues better.


Wednesday, July 13: CLEARLAKE Laughology and LY session at East Lake Grange: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/13/5428

RESULTS: Over 12 people attended and it was a hoot! Everyone fully participated.

Thursday, July 14: CLEARLAKEFARMAGEDDON plus FIRST EARTH (about natural building), 6pm and 8pm: For flyer, details, trailers: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/14/5426

RESULTS: The Transition Lake County and the Grange folks cosponsored and there were about 15 people in attendence and the discussion moved immediately to food security and backyard gardens and that one of the board of supervisors has a permacutlture design certificate and often goes against the traditional farmers and pro GMOers. The discussion after First Earth was quite lively since many people are creating their own structures, knowledgable about the laws and are excited about working on a large natural building in their area that will be promoting more natural biuilding when it gets going.


Tuesday, July 19th: Santa Cruz / FARMAGEDDON 7pm at the GreenGrange, flyer's link: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/19/5434

RESULTS: Wow! Over 200 people attended; they had to turn people away, standing room only. Held in the Green Grange. Volunteers set up the chairs, made strawberry shortcake with raw milk cream. Lots of different ages. The discussion facilitated by meau was a challenge indeed since so many people got up to leave and talk among themselves. But we managed to have a discussion with the weston price person, goat herders who were getting signatures of peoploe who will come to their defense since they wish to become more visible. There was talk about creating a resolution first and then an ordinance to get the feds out of the county when it comes to food choices. Transition SCruz, the Grange, FATT, Weston Price and other groups cosponsored the event, making it a wild success.


July 23: VENTURA: Farmageddon and A NEW WE (about Ecovillages in Europe) : http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/23/5429

RESULTS: About 40-50 people at each film gig with a farmer giving away zukes and cukes with discussion with the weston price folks about the various legalities of raw milk. Cosponsored with the GMO Initiative folks as well as the Free Pesticide Ojai Valley org. A farmer gave away a weeks CSA supply. Lots of milling around.. going to dinner was a hoot.. and most dsurpiring was there was a long line of people waiting to get in after dinner for the A NEW WE film... new people for sure...Lots signed up for the email list and lots of discussion about ecovillages, spiritual communities with personal experiences, what went wrong, why we are afraid to get involved in community living (tough on the ego and our sense of separation, etc.). 90% of the people stayed for the discussion after the ecovilage film as well as the farmageddon film.


Hi prospective collaborator with screening films in your community (northern california, around July 5th to the 19th or thereabouts), [please see above for the dates we have already scheduled with films, talks, laughter yoga, etc.]

My intention has always been to create a town hall feeling after a film screening so people just dont walk out afterwards... or sit in front of their computer alone watching some incredible documentary with no one to interact with. The key often times is to articulate our feelings and aspirations and fears of the many shifts that these documentaries are portraying. And it will be interesting to see many of you again (and discover new ones) to see how people are relating to this SHIFT idea. I like to call it the unraveling, both socially and personally. I certainly feel it.

Im not so determined with a specific agenda but I do have a very cool list of documentaries, some new, some old. I have permission to screen all the new ones except for some that I can play in peoples homes.


Here is a list of films and their trailers...

QUEEN OF THE SUN: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/869

IM DANGEROUS WITH LOVE: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/943

DREAMS OF DAMANHUR: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/826

STEPPING INTO THE FIRE: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/923

A NEW WE (ecovillages and eco-communities in Europe): http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/981

THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/722

SCIENTISTS UNDER ATTACK: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/956

FARMAGEDDON: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/926

FIRST EARTH (segment): http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/785

LAUGHOLOGY: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/511

VANISHING OF THE BEES: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/725

VINE OF THE SOUL: ENCOUNTERS WITH AYAHUASCA: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/878

WHO'S DRIVING THE DREAMBUS: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/658

FRESH: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/6

WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/902

WAKE UP: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/961

RENEGADE (segment): http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/957

THE SPIRIT MOLECULE: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/675

SOMEPLACE WITH A MOUNTAIN: http://hopedance.org/community-media/videos/934

ECSTASY RISING (Peter Jennings reports on MDMA): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vv4PjqrA-k

thanks for your time....

oh a bio:

Bob Banner has been publishing magazines since he was 18, back in 1969. Critique (about exposing consensus reality), a global glossy survived the 80s for about ten years. HopeDance has been around since 1996 and is still very active online with articles, videos and a calendar. He manages 25+ listservs from global news to local news, sustainability, Transition, 911, spirituality, food, natural building, films, etc. He published edible San Luis Obispo for a year. He started screening films around 1996. Had a film library of social change docs, around 500 that are being depleted as I type. He co-started Transition Town SLO about 5 years ago. Has been trained as a TT facilitator, has a Permaculture Design Certificate, published an anthology of the best of HopeDance (400+ pages, available at amazon or at the HDance site). Has been screening films in Santa Barbara, SLO and Ventura. Became a certified laughter yoga teacher, leads workshops in "Listening to the Mysteries" (using right brain exercises to taste the mystery of being...) and recently has been studying and writing about such matters as Entheogens, Gratitude, Imagination and Playfulness. The HopeDance site is www.hopedance.org and he can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . His favorite piece of writing is Peak Ego and the Ego Descent Plan which has had nearly 3,500 hits, at: http://www.hopedance.org/home/soul-news/1553. What a hoot!



Bob Banner
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