The Australian Premiere of Musicwood will be followed by a discussion on music and the environment with musicians and activists.
When: Monday 17th February 2014
Time: 7.00pm (Doors open 6.00pm)
Venue: Bella Union Trades Hall
Address: Cnr Lygon St & Victoria Pde Carlton
Tickets: Online $12/$15 +BF | Door $17/$20 | Group (5+) online $10
Matt Wicking – Musician / Sustainability Specialist
(Green Music Australia member / The General Assembly)
Matt does lots of things to contribute to positive change. He sings and communicates, advises and facilitates – all with passion and creativity, and a focus on sustainability. Matt is singer and songwriter with Melbourne band, The General Assembly, where his music acts as a creative, vital response to living in an unsustainable culture. His songs combine poetic lyrics and an unforgettable voice to weave vivid tales – of raging bushfires and rising muddy floods, of a civilisation disconnected from itself. He is also a member of Green Music Australia, an organisation aiming to harness the cultural power of musicians to lead the way to a greener world.
For the past decade, Matt has also worked as a sustainability consultant and facilitator specialising in change, strategy and communication. He has worked with organisations and individuals from all sectors – business, government, the arts, education and more – helping them to green their practice and embrace sustainability.
The General Assembly www.generalassembly.com.au
Green Music Australia: http://www.greenmusic.org.au
Ben Solity – Activist
Greenpeace/Lock the Gate
Ben has been assisting with Greenpeace campaigns as an activist for over 5 years. In which time he has been involved with the Stop HRL Coal fired power station in La Trobe Valley, Sustainable Fish, and Save the Reef and Arctic campaigns. Throughout the last few years he has also contributed with the training for, and organising of, many projects with groups like the Wilderness Society and Quit Coal amongst others.
One of the major highlights of his activist career was time spent in the Kimberley, where he lived and worked closely with the local community an traditional owners there to prevent the proposed the Woodside Gas Hub at James Price Point. It was through this successful campaign that he truly learnt the real value and effective role that community organising and non-violent direct action plays in protecting the precious wild places we love from environmental degradation.
Ben is currently working with an alliance of environmental, farming and indigenous community groups campaigning and taking direct action to prevent the construction of proposed coal mine at Maules Creek, NSW. Should the development go ahead, it would result in the destruction of the Leard State Forest which is home to 34 threatened species that inhabit the very rare and endangered Box Gum woodlands which make up the precious ecosystem.
If the proposed Maules Creek mine were to go ahead there would 70 countries with lower CO2 emission profiles than the mine itself.
Michael Pulsford – Divestment Coordinator
Michael Pulsford is a Melbourne climate change activist and artist. He is Divestment Coordinator with 350.org Melbourne, and teaches Performance and Live Art at RMIT University. He has been composer-in-residence with Helsinki International Theatre in Finland and artist-in-residence at L’Abbeye de Noirlac in France.
As of March 2013, until he can think of an artwork that will have more useful impact per hours spent making it than the same amount of time spent in climate change activism, he’ll do the latter.
Maximilian DeArmon – Producer & Writer
The Future of Energy
Maximilian DeArmon – is a planetary advocate whose mission is to facilitate global transformation through educational and creative projects. He has an unwavering passion to empower individuals to unleash their greatest potential and to realize one’s ‘Self’ as an authentic expression of the Universe. He’s currently doing his Graduate studies in San Francisco at The California Institute of Integral Studies where his main focus is transpersonal psychology, evolutionary cosmology and integral ecology.
Inspired by his studies, Max initiated The Future of Energy documentary as a way to make a positive contribution to our moment in history. For Max, the need for positive solutions seemed apparent given the current destabilization of the planet and society.
Based on over a decade of experience in music production in New York City, combined with more than five years of experience in NYC’s film and television industry, including three seasons with Tina Fey’s Emmy Awarding winning show 30 Rock, Max chose to use his production skills to participate in the global shift towards a sustainable future.
The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People is Max’s debut as a filmmaker. He hopes to continue making creative contributions to our world that have positive effects in society and for the whole earth community.