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Sierra Club to sponsor 'Affluenza' at Gold Town

56-minute movie examines the costs of overconsumption

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Juneau chapter of the Sierra Club will sponsor two free showings of "Affluenza" at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Gold Town Nickelodeon.

The 56-minute film, produced by KCTS/Seattle and Oregon Public Broadcasting, examines the social and environmental costs of overconsumption by juxtaposing extravagance with voluntary simplicity.

This is the third free film at the Nickelodeon in the Sierra Club's 2005-2006 season.

Annually, Americans consume almost a third of the world's resources and create half its hazardous waste, according to the film's Web site, www.pbs.org/kcts/affluenza/

The film looks at a few characters who are trying to change their lifestyle. Religious conservatives in Colorado Springs, Colo., question the influence of advertising on local schools. Seattle writers Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez, authors of "Your Money or Your Life," encourage others to avoid the "work-and-spend treadmill."

Adbusters, an activist group in Vancouver, British Columbia, spoofs the advertising world. Two Washington state teenagers write a play mocking the artificial world of Barbie dolls.

The film is narrated by National Public Radio host Scott Simon and was produced by John de Graaf and Vivia Boe, the same writers who created the PBS-special "Running Out of Time."



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