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The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival will take place from Thursday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 17, with over 50 short film screenings at the Orpheum Theater, Firecreek Coffee Company and Flagstaff Bike Revolution.

Categories this year include: Adventure Sports & Stories, Love Our Planet, Resilience, Into the Canyon, Family Program, For the Love of the Sport, Rad Women Rock, The Weight of Water, For our Posterity, Extraordinary Adventures and “Ed Shred” Local’s Night.

A few select featured films include documentary “Rodents of Unusual Size,” about a hard headed Louisiana fisherman who faces 20 pound swamp rats, “The Weight of Water,” a story of a blind man who kayaks Lava Falls in the Grand Canyon and “The Frenchy,” chronicling an 83-year-old athlete.

The Festival was created in 2003 by two friends who shared a passion for cultural and outdoor-adventure documentary films. Now, the volunteer-run event boasts many formidable local and regional artists, activists and storytellers who share their experience and insight at events throughout the festival, according to flagstaffmountainfilms.org.

Special guests this year include documentary film makers, writers, photographers, musicians, NAU professors, activists, non-profit leaders and other artists.

Profits from the event are reinvested into future festivals or donated to a non-profit agency doing work in Flagstaff and beyond.

Food Choices and Climate Change talk

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NAZCCA will be hosting a free talk at the Flagstaff Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Jon Thompson, environmental researcher, advocate and former Sedona City council member, will explain how climate change is most heavily influenced by our global food system and how individuals’ everyday food choices can be a solution.

Thompson will present key scientific evidence in layman's language about the negative impact of the Standard American Diet on climate change, identify food choices that reduce that impact, discuss the real and imagined barriers to changing our diets, and provide practical tips and resources for those ready to consider switching to more planet-friendly foods.

Thompson is a former manager at several high-tech Silicon Valley companies like Apple Computer, Silicon Graphics, and IBM. Since retiring in 2007, he served a four-year term on the Sedona City Council and has volunteered with several nonprofit organizations committed to helping solve the problem of climate change and related environmental challenges, including Healthy World Sedona where he is a Board Member, the Sustainability Alliance, and Keep Sedona Beautiful.

“Many people are surprised to know that a single change to a more sustainable diet would eliminate more greenhouse gases than are produced by all the world’s modes of transportation,” Thompson said. “And the transition from the Standard American Diet to a more planet-healthy diet need not be a daunting concept. Even if it is a step-by-step change, it is the single most impactful thing each individual can do to help solve our urgent environmental crisis.”

Following the presentation and discussion, those that would like to can make their way to Pizza Patio, 109 E. Phoenix Ave (a 10-minute walk from the library), for a full Earth-friendly meal with significant discount for attendees.

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Alexandra Wittenberg can be reached at 928-913-8624 and awittenberg@azdailysun.com.

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