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October 29, 2012

Oct 29 | SWITCH Film Screening

Oct 29 | SWITCH Film Screening

SWITCH goes beyond the politics to deliver the straight answers on energy

Screening at UC Berkeley on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:30pm
Q&A with Dr. Scott Tinker - FREE and open to the public
Haas School of Business, Arthur Andersen Auditorium

Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will gasoline prices continue to rise? Can we clean up coal? Can renewables really power our future?

SWITCH delivers straight answers to today’s most controversial energy questions, as energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from the international leaders of government, industry and academia, then cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future as surprising as it is practical.

SWITCH is screening as part of the GSA Switch Energy Awareness and Efficiency Program, which will launch at 40 pilot universities across the country this fall with a student ambassador program, efficiency drive and screening of the film.

Audiences have called SWITCH “the first truly balanced energy film.” As no documentary before it, SWITCH has been embraced and supported by people across the energy spectrum: environmentalists and academics, fossil and renewable energy experts, scientists and economists.

“I took my students to a screening of SWITCH, and we spent most of the following class discussing it, a testament to its value as an educational tool. It was amazing...”
-- Amy Jaffe, Rice University Energy Program

“Every person in America should see and digest this film.”
-- Douglas Johnson, Statoil

“SWITCH really puts all the pieces together, and makes me optimistic for the future.”
-- Erin Geoffroy, Environmental Defense Fund

Switch and the GSA program are part of the Switch Energy Project (www.switchenergyproject.com), a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy.

The project was created by Arcos Films, directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Harry Lynch and co-produced with energy expert Dr. Scott Tinker. It also includes a continually expanding website of 300 videos on the energy topics that drive our world; a primary school education program of videos and curricula co-developed with the American Geological Institute; and eventually a broadcast series to discover solutions to our most pressing energy challenges.

The Switch Energy Project is one of the world’s only resources where audiences can find objective, trustworthy energy answers, in an engaging, accessible video format.

About Dr. Scott Tinker:
Dr. Scott Tinker has been exploring energy for 30 years. His passion is bringing government, industry and academia together to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. Toward that end he has given nearly 500 invited and keynote lectures in nearly 50 countries. Dr. Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas. He is a Professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair and the acting Associate Dean of Research in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to the Bureau, he worked for Marathon Oil’s research division.

About Harry Lynch:
For 17 years, Harry Lynch has been a documentary director, producer, writer, cinematographer and soundtrack producer, whose films include Switch, Unconventional, Recapturing Cuba, Ride Around the World and Making the Modern. He is the co-founder of Trinity Films, and the founder of Arcos Films, a multimedia production company dedicated to building awareness and understanding of the most important issues of our time.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.switchenergyproject.com