The Majestic Theater will be hosting two free showings of the documentary film “Green Fire” today at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The documentary examines the life and legacy of conservationist Aldo Leopold including his career and how he helped shape conservation and the modern environmental movement.
The movie showing is being sponsored by the Indian Hills Community College Science Club. The film originally premiered on public television in April of 2013. Chad Gatlin, the faculty sponsor of the club said last summer he went to Wisconsin and was trained as a land ethic leader at the Leopold Center.
“The training is how to kind of lead groups and discussion and get people interested in Leopold’s land ethic ideas,” said Gatlin.
As part of the training each person gets a copy of the movie and a screening license.
According to Gatlin the idea to show the film came about when he saw that Community College Week and Earth Day were happening at the same time.
“Indian Hills is celebrating Community College Week and our theme is ‘Pay it Forward’ and I thought it also being Earth Day [today] it would just be a neat thing to offer to the community and let them come in and watch it,” said Gatlin.
Gatlin said “Green Fire” is not an overly long film, clocking in at one hour and 13 minutes. He doesn’t have any idea how many people will be coming to view the film but he is just hoping for a full house.
“I hope we have a really good turn out,” said Gatlin.
Gatlin can continue to use his screening license to show the film in the future and he said he would be willing to do so if the right circumstances were presented although he had no plans for another showing right now.