Friday, March 1, 2013

Made IN Toronto Festival March 1 - 3 2013

From a media release:

Made IN Toronto Festival & Institute for a Resource-Based Economy
Present a 3-Day Festival of Film, Music and Engaging Discussion
With Sacred Economics Author Charles Eisenstein
And filmmaker Velcrow Ripper
March 1 – 3, 2013

• Film, Concert and Discussion at AGO Jackman Hall – 317 Dundas St. W.
• Author Talk and Workshop at U of T’s Earth Sciences Centre - 5 Bancroft Ave.
• Author Workshop Beit Zatoun - 612 Markham St.
• Info and advance tickets are available at www.mintff.org

(Toronto) Here’s good news for fans of “paying it forward,” and of the progressive movement’s intellectual superstars.

Made IN Toronto (MINT) Festival is celebrating its second year by joining forces with the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (IRBE) and hosting the first-ever Toronto visit by leading-edge economic theorist Charles Eisenstein. This much talked about three-day festival of film, live events and engaging discussions, takes place March 1 through 3, and will demonstrate  and explore how Torontonians together can create a more vibrant and sustainable economy.

Co-presenters IRBE and MINT are launching what will become a series of quarterly calendar festival events. This inaugural weekend showcases the works and philosophies of Eisenstein, the father of the revolutionary “de-growth” school of economics. Eisenstein’s hot ticket sessions will take place Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3. He will also be on hand to add expert perspective on our opening night film event, Velcrow Ripper’s Occupy Love.

The festival kicks off Friday, March 1st, at the AGO’s Jackman Hall, with a screening of Occupy Love  - a film that provides a thought-provoking take on the Occupy movement and the possibility of embracing love as an ideology and a global movement. The evening begins with an intimate concert featuring a must-hear trio comprising of singer/pianist Robert Graham, singer/songwriter Glen Alan, and veteran guitarist/producer Chris Birkett, who has worked with Memphis greats like Rufus Thomas and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of famers like Led Zeppelin and Randy Newman. Both Ripper and Eisenstein will be on hand for a post-screening discussion of this award-winning film and the issues it raises.

On Saturday, March 2nd, at U of T’s Earth Sciences Centre, Eisenstein will give a lecture/discussion of his renowned book Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society. The book traces the history and creation of money, society’s addiction to growth at any cost and proposes alternative solutions including negative interest, more localized economies and other innovative approaches.

Eisenstein will also take centre stage on Sunday, March 3rd at Beit Zatoun on Markham St., with a workshop on Creating A Sacred Economy. In it, he will exchange ideas with Torontonians on how to nurture alternative living, via local industry, resourced based economics and the restoration of “the commons.”

Made IN Toronto (MINT) Festival was founded in March 2011 to promote Toronto documentary filmmakers, musicians, and speakers, connecting them to new audiences through inspiring environmental and socially themed events. Made IN Toronto has produced 15 live events and seminars since its inception on a wide range of topics featuring acclaimed artists and entertainers such as Jackie Richardson, Sterling Jarvis, MTV Warm Act and Host Derek Forgie and Silver Elvis along with Toronto filmmakers Lalita Krishna, Paul Saltzman, Liz Marshall and Summer Love to name a few. The festival has been endorsed by the Council Of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow and Polaris Institute Executive Director Tony Clarke.  10% of every MINT ticket sold supports Toronto filmmakers, musicians and artists who make a measurable social and environmental impact in their community and the world at large.

Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (IRBE)
envisions a sustainable future where our economy and our environment are connected in a state of dynamic equilibrium. Founded in 2011 as a registered non-profit, IRBE offers education and raises awareness of sustainable economics and implements shared resource projects including Toronto’s first Tool Library.

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