Be the Change film series moves outdoors to The Collingwood Brewery

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In its 13th season, Be the Change (BTC) moves outdoors to The Collingwood Brewery.
The film series has become a Collingwood institution. The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, our area’s leading environmental charity, runs the film series as a friend and fundraising effort. Now in its 13th year, BTC is ending its COVID pause. Biweekly outdoor showings will take place at 8 p.m. every second Tuesday through the rest of the summer outdoors at The Collingwood Brewery, 10 Sanford Fleming Dr. Attendees must dress for the weather and bring a chair or a blanket.
 The 13th season promises to be a massive one, extending from August 2021 to May 2022. BTC’s environmentally and socially conscious movies will screen outdoors at 8 p.m. until the end of September, then move indoors for 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. showings for the remainder of the season.
 “Attendees have always loved our selection of films,” observes Kathleen Knolal, a Watershed Trust BTC committee member. “The outdoors aspect is something new, lots of fun, and being at the Collingwood Brewery of course you have the option of enjoying a beer, a glass of wine and other refreshments with and without alcohol. Just don’t forget to bring a folding chair.”
Knoll points out that the brewery is easily accessible via the Collingwood Trails, which fits right in with this season’s first movie, Why We Cycle. “I expect to see the brewery’s bike racks overflowing!” laughs Knoll.
This year’s film line-up is stellar, with something for everyone. BTC is a family-friendly event, at $12 for adults, $7 for students and children are free. The first movie, Why We Cycle, is followed two weeks later by Edible City, a movie focused on urban farming, followed in turn by The Radicals, which tracks a group of B.C. snowboarders and surfers as they learn the meaning of ‘radicalism’ from different groups across the province. Find the full lineup of films at www.bethechangefilmseries.com.
BTC seeks sponsorship from organizations that espouse socially and environmentally progressive values, such as the series’ title sponsor, RE/MAX Four Seasons Realty. While many BTC sponsors have signed on for Season 13, a few longstanding sponsors have left the flock. BTC’s many other sponsors include the likes of Conscious Water, Rockside Campbell Design, Anytime Fitness and The Collingwood Rock Shop. “It’s such great exposure—such a good marketing decision for local businesses,” observes Knoll. Sponsorship starts at $100. Interested businesses are encouraged to get in touch.
 Proceeds from BTC benefit local environmental education programs organized by The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, a Collingwood based environment focused charity entering its 26th year.
 The BTC film series is designed to unite the Collingwood and surrounding communities around a variety of environment centric issues. Provocative, carefully chosen films are selected around themes such as growing food sustainably, resource extraction and climate change.
The BTC film series was created in 2008 to educate and inspire the local Collingwood/Blue Mountains community into action. The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation is working with other community partners to provide the audience with a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of some of the most important ecological and social justice issues facing our local area and the communities of planet Earth. For more information, please contact Carl Michener, carlmichener@watershedtrust.ca 416-476-7484.

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