Award-winning filmmaker to visit College

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Written by: Seminole State Staff

Filmmaker and Peabody Award winner Ian Cheney will speak at Seminole State College on Wednesday, March 2, in the Fine Arts Concert Hall (building G) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a screening of Cheney's 2008 documentary, "The Greening of Southie." Set on the rugged streets of South Boston, the film explores the design and construction of a revolutionary "green" building as well as the stories of the union teams who bring it to life.

A discussion and question-and-answer session will follow at 2 p.m.

Cheney, a graduate of Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is an avid conservationist committed to capturing and exploring environmental issues on film. He is the co-founder of Wicked Delicate Films LLC, a Brooklyn-based production company that delivers messages about sustainability, agriculture and humans' relationships with the natural world. He also serves as a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post.

The event, sponsored by the Career Development Center and the Office of Student Activities, will be simulcast on the College's Altamonte Springs, Heathrow and Oviedo campuses.

  • Altamonte Springs: Room ALT-214
  • Heathrow: Room HEA-303
  • Oviedo: Room OVF-100

Cheney's appearance is part of Seminole State's Sustainability Week, which aims to educate students and the public about the importance of protecting the Earth's resources. Other activities include:

  • A Sustainability Week panel discussion on Tuesday, March 1, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Multipurpose Room (building C). Panelists include: Chris Castro, founder and CEO of Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions (I.D.E.A.S.) and member of UCF's Department of Sustainability and Energy Management; Seminole County Commissioner Bob Dallari; and Orange County Economic Development Administrator John Lewis.
  • A presentation and solar demonstration by Sandra W. Williams, blogger and author of "The Queen of Green Tells All," on Thursday, March 3, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Multipurpose Room (building C).
  • A commitment wall on each campus, where students can pledge to take green approaches to their daily activities.

Sustainability Week begins Monday, Feb. 28, and concludes Friday, March 4.

All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Seminole State's Office of Student Activities at 407.708.2611 or the Career Development Center at 407.708.2033.