New Film's Goal is to Help People, Communities, and Region Revitalize Local Well-being

The Finger Lakes Bioneers, the Park Church and Pax Christi Upstate New York share in presenting the Elmira premiere of The Economics of Happiness, a 70-minute documentary film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick and John Page. The film is an exposition of ways that local self-reliance and resilience can be planned for and achieved by a coalition of citizens, enterprises and elected representatives. The film is the November selection in the "Meaningful Movies" series at the Park Church. 

The Economics of Happiness film screening is on Wednesday, November 9th at 7 PM. Program is free and open to the public; donations are accepted. A pot-luck dinner will start at 6PM.
Event will take place in Beecher Hall of Elmira's Park Church at the 208 Gray St. entrance. Visit their website for directions and more information

This event will be an opportunity for the audience to share thoughts and ideas and relate them to the vitality of the Elmira and Chemung County areas.

The film screening will be followed by an interactive conversation about ways to build a resilient, fair, and responsible economy.  A panel of community leaders will discuss their innovative work, goals and visions. Audience members are encouraged to join the discussion and bring their ideas and news on other local economy initiatives. Moderated by Peter Ladley of Pax Christi, the panel will include Steve Kettelle and Michael Terwilliger (Hendy Hollow Farm), Jason Knapp (Knapp Farm).

Released in Spring 2011 by the International Society for Ecology and Culture, this inspiring movie is now being shown around the world by community-based organizations and innovative venues to help promote and build a more sustainable economy. Citizens around the state of New York understand that this is not just a long-term quest because they can see that local solutions are in fact being developed and implemented. 

Formed in 2009, Finger Lakes Bioneers has hosted two regional conferences and helped link central New York audiences to the work of "Bioneer" innovators (  This fall 2011 film series is being arranged in partnership with groups and venues in Auburn, Cortland, Elmira and Watkins Glen. The programming seeks to connect communities across our region on topics related to our shared future. The November 9th event is the first to be held in the Elmira area. Visit to learn more about Finger Lakes Bioneers.

Contact info:  Nick Vaczek, 607-793-7566 or