by Tim Ingalsbee
A reception, panel discussion, and screening of the documentary “Elemental: Reimagining Our Relationship With Wildfire” will benefit Firefighters United For Safety, Ethics, and Ecology (FUSEE).
The reception begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Art House (previously Bijou Cinemas), 492 E. 13th Ave., Eugene.
Narrated by David Oyelowo, ELEMENTAL takes viewers on a journey with the top experts in the nation to better understand fire. We follow the harrowing escape from Paradise as the town ignited from wind-driven embers and burned within a few hours of the fire’s start. We visit fire labs where researchers torch entire houses to learn why some homes burn and others survive.
We learn from Native Americans as they employ fire to benefit nature and increase community safety as they have for thousands of years. We follow researchers who work to understand the effects of climate on forests and the crucial role that natural forests play in storing vast amounts of carbon. Along the way we listen to people who have survived the deadliest fires to underscore the importance of this quest.
The 6 p.m. reception features concessions and exhibits from local nonprofit organizations like Northwest Youth Corps, Oregon Wild, and Cascadia Wildlands.
The film screening begins at 7 p.m.
After the film, you are invited to partake in a question and answer session with a panel of guest speakers comprised of fire experts and local legislators working on fire policies.
Proceeds from the tickets and concessions will support FUSEE’s work.
We look forward to seeing you on Sept. 9!