‘Racing Extinction’ speaker and film night May 26 in Breckenridge | SummitDaily.com

‘Racing Extinction’ speaker and film night May 26 in Breckenridge

The University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado Mountain College and Breckenridge Film Festival present “Racing Extinction,” coupled with a speaker from CU Boulder, on Thursday, May 26.
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What: CMC, CU Boulder & Breck Film Fest host Racing Extinction Film & Speaker Night

Where: Colorado Mountain College Breckenridge

When: May 26th, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $15

More information: breckfilmfest.com

The University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado Mountain College and Breckenridge Film Festival are partnering to raise awareness of the current mass extinction event taking place today, allegedly caused by mankind, by bringing in a featured film, “Racing Extinction,” coupled with a speaker from CU Boulder specializing in the topic.

Species on Earth are going extinct 1,000 times faster than they naturally would, leading scientists to believe that in 100 years, 50 percent of all species on Earth will be extinct. Common consensus states that humans are the only species able to alter our own impacts — and thousands around the globe are attempting to do just that.

In “Racing Extinction,” an Academy Award-winning filmmaking crew has brought renowned artists and activists together to expose the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Director Louie Psihoyos focuses on humans’ impact on the planet, all while inspiring viewers to adopt the solutions that will guarantee a thriving, biodiverse ecosystem for future generations. The film is a product of a team out of Boulder that has traveled the country with screening to diverse audiences.

Partnering with Colorado Mountain College incorporates the program into the Summit Campus Speaker Series that brings in interesting guest presenters year-round to raise awareness of global issues and possible solutions to these problems.

“As part of the Summit Campus Speaker Series, Colorado Mountain College is proud to be in partnership with the Breckenridge Film Festival to enhance the vitality of our community and develop programming that is educational, inspirational, accessible and diverse. The college strives to promote a culture of sustainability and we are honored to host the film screening of ‘Racing Extinction’ with special guest Sharon Colligne, CU Boulder professor,” said Heidi Kunzek, executive administrative assistant to the campus VP, in a statement.

Collinge is a professor of the Environmental Studies program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Collinge runs the Collinge Lab in Boulder where the research focuses on the ecological consequences of human-induced changes to natural systems. Her primary research topics covered include impacts of habitat loss, fragmentation and restoration on the persistence of native species, communities and ecosystems. Collinge will be giving a 30-minute presentation before the film focusing on her work.

The partners on this project aim to raise awareness about species’ struggle for survival while spurring discussion, engagement and ownership in the multitude of ways humans can mitigate these problems and allow the natural world to thrive. In particular, the Breckenridge Film Festival is proud to enhance its year-round programming initiatives with a screening of this film, which the organization hopes will spur dialogue among residents.

“The power of this film is astounding,” said Janice Kurbjun, executive director of the Breckenridge Film Festival, in a statement. “It covers a range of topics, some of which are dire and are apt to leave one feeling hopeless about the state of the planet and what we’re leaving for those to come. But then the film, created by an Academy Award winning crew, surprises. It simplifies the issue down to the individual, and helps the viewer see that any action — as long as it’s action — can help. We are proud to screen this film in partnership with CU Boulder and Colorado Mountain College. We are particularly pleased to complement the film’s message with a speaker, Sharon Collinge, who is taking her own action and will share what that looks like on the ground. ‘Racing Extinction’ is this year’s ‘True Story,’ and for those who were lucky enough to see that production last year, they’ll know it’s not to be missed.”

Tickets are $15. For more information and tickets visit the event page at breckfilmfest.org/event/racing-extinction-film-speaker/

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