SANTA FE ― What if we could peer into the future of our landscape in New Mexico? What would we see, and how would that affect the actions we take today?
Creative Santa Fe presents Cli-Fi: Altered Futures Through Film and Literature, A Disruptive Futures Dialogue 5:30-8 p.m.Wednesday, May 22 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center.
This multifaceted evening will include short films, readings by local authors, and opportunities to engage in learning about and taking action on sustainability issues.
This Dialogue will explore how our local resources, when combined with the arts, can address the effects of climate change and create a pathway for sustainability for years to come. The first portion of the evening will feature four science fiction short films by directors Suzi Yoonessi, Nanobah Becker, Hugo Perez, and Ramin Bahrani exploring the potential futures of water, waste, and agriculture in the face of climate change.
Following the films, local authors Sarena Ulibarri and Lauren Teffeau will read excerpts from their climate fiction (Cli-Fi) and Solarpunk themed stories. Solarpunk is a movement in speculative fiction that seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilization look like, and how can we get there?”
The book and film presentations will be followed by a discussion of an initiative, led by the Coalition of Sustainable Communities NM and Creative Santa Fe, to explore the development of a sustainable technology center in Santa Fe. This center would serve as an intellectual consortium and physical hub for institutions of higher education, national laboratories, non-profit and business partners to advance research, development and deployment in the area of sustainable technology in New Mexico.
The Santa Fe Watershed Association, 350.org New Mexico, The Santa Fe Community College Controlled Environment Agriculture Department, and other fantastic local resources will engage audience members in activities and education before and after the event.
“This event promises to be a fantastic evening of filmmakers and writers addressing climate change issues and sustainability of our planet. We are very excited about the work we are presenting and the organizations who will be participating in both the discussion of a proposed new sustainable technology center and presentation of ongoing work in our community,” said Creative Santa Fe Executive Director Cyndi Conn.
Attendance is free, but capacity is limited. RSVP is required for this event. We request that attendees commit to the full 2.5 hour event. Registration will open to the public on the Creative Santa Fe website at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6.
Snacks will be provided and complimentary childcare is available upon early request.
Lead sponsors for this event are Century Bank and Garcia Automotive with appreciation also to the Santa Fe Scottish Rite Center for their support of this program.