Auburn Premiere of New Documentary "EMPOWERED: Power From the People"on April 17th

New Film's Goal is to Help People, Communities, and Region Advance Energy Resilience 


Finger Lakes Bioneers, in partnership with the Auburn Public Theater, presents the Auburn premiere of EMPOWERED: Power From The People, a 70-minute documentary film directed by Shira Golding Evergreen and produced by Suzanne McMannis in 2012. This film vividly illustrates that it is our friends and neighbors who are pioneering alternative energy. Right here in the Finger Lakes region's Tompkins County, many have already implemented changes toward a sustainable future and in EMPOWERED they enjoy the opportunity to tell their stories to the public- what inspired them, what first steps they took, how things are working. Viewers will explore residential and public installations that utilize solar, wind, geothermal and even 'veggie' oil. They’ll also get a glimpse into the entrepreneurial business spirit that is driving new community wind, biodiesel and solar power projects.


There will a one-time special screening on Tuesday, April 17th at 7PM at APT. Admission is $5 advance, $6 at door. The Auburn Public Theater is located downtown at 8 Exchange Street in Auburn. Website with directions and more information is


After the film there will be a short panel discussion with plenty of time for audience participation to explore relevant Auburn and Cayuga County dimensions. Panelists will include Susan Galbraith of Taitem Engineering ( and Chris Carrick of the Central NY Regional Planning and Development Board  (  


This inspiring movie is now being shown around the region by community-based organizations and innovative venues to help promote and build a more sustainable energy and economic infrastructure. Come to this program and see how citizens and businesses and policy-makers across the state of New York could be further developing and implementing local solutions to environmental, technical and social challenges.


Finger Lakes Bioneers has hosted two regional conferences and helped link central New York audiences to the work of Bioneer innovators ( This presentation at the Auburn Public Theater is part of an ongoing regional 'traveling Chautauqua' that links films and audience conversations to current issues. This film will also be presented on Wednesday, April 18th near Rochester at the Brighton Town Hall at 7PM in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Living


Contact:  Nick Vaczek,  Finger Lakes Bioneers,  607-227-7222,





Community conversation and film to explore "the economics of happiness" in Auburn, Cayuga County and Finger Lakes:

Sept. 30 and Oct.1:   The Finger Lakes Bioneers in partnership with the Auburn Public Theater, presents Auburn premiere of the new film: The Economics of Happiness.  Screenings are on Friday, September 30 at 1 PM and 8 PM and Saturday, October 1 at 8PM. Admission is $6.00 or $5.00 in advance. The Auburn Public Theater is located in downtown Auburn at 8 Exchange Street. The Friday evening program includes a panel discussion with Cynthia S. Aikman, Cayuga County legislator and Dr. Gay Nicholson of Sustainable Tompkins. On Saturday there will be a live web-link-in with filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge. Both events will offer audience members the opportunity to participate and contribute their ideas about enhancing their community's strengths and equitable well-being.