Thursday, May 1, 2008

"Communities & Consequences" to screen at Red River Theatres on May 15

Red River Theatres, the Concord region’s only non-profit, independent cinema, is pleased to partner with CATCH Neighborhood Housing to present a free public screening of Communities & Consequences on Thursday, May 15, 2008.

Communities and Consequences, by New Hampshire filmmaker Jay Childs, is a film about the human ecology of New Hampshire. It addresses the loss of New Hampshire's young people through the human stories of people that are living out the consequences of demographic imbalance. Correspondent Peter Francese travels throughout the state to talk to business owners, town officials, young professionals and active citizens about the causes and effects of a rapidly aging state. The film confronts and questions many long held myths that have heavily influenced local development decisions, including those of explosive population growth, the aging of New Hampshire as simply a natural trend, and the belief that families with children will increase property taxes.

The evening event from 5:30-8:00 p.m. includes a reception from 5:30-6:00 p.m. followed by a free screening of the film and dialogue with community leaders as part of the theater’s Community Conversations series. This event would not be possible without the generous support from Steve and Susan Duprey, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Orr & Reno.

The post-film dialogue with Peter Francese and local community leaders will be moderated by Jon Greenberg, Executive Editor at NH Hampshire Public Radio. Panel participants include:

Peter Francese, founder American Demographics Magazine
Rosemary Heard, President, CATCH Neighborhood Housing
Tim Sink, President, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
Jack Savage, Vice President for Outreach, Forest Society

Tickets may be reserved for this limited seating event online at www.redrivertheatres.org or at the Box Office.