NEO Sierra Club is again partnering with the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) to promote an environmentally themed film to be shown at the upcoming festival. This year NEO is partnering on The Erie Situation, a documentary about the toxic algae blooms that forced Toledo to shut down its water treatment system for three days in 2014. The film explores the root cause of the algae problem: a surplus of agricultural runoff. Revelations about the struggle among the farm lobby, scientists, and citizens to resolve the crisis reveal much about Ohio’s political system and our concern for public health and water quality in Lake Erie.
The film will be shown on April 3 at 7:25 PM and again on April 4 at 4:50 PM in the Allen Theater at Playhouse Square, the new home of CIFF. It will also be streamed online between 11 AM, April 10 and 11:59 PM, April 17. Tickets for either in-person or streamed screenings may be purchased online by going to www.clevelandfilm.org. They also may be purchased by visiting the CIFF box office in the lobby of the State Theater or by calling the box office at 877-304-3456. Sales to CIFF members begin on March 11, and sales to the general public begin March 18. Ticket prices for in-person screenings at Playhouse Square are $16 for non-members and $14 for CIFF members. Prices for online streams are $10 for non-members and $8 for members. By using the codeword, “SIERRA,” you can receive a $1.00 discount on each ticket purchased.
Please plan to see this important film and check out the CIFF website (www.clevelandfilm.org) for more information about the festival and a schedule for all of the films. Remember, if you are not a resident of the Cleveland area, you may still see the films through the streaming option. We may have an opportunity to interact with the director and/or others involved with the production of The Erie Situation; check the NEO Sierra website for future announcements about that.