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2015 Syracuse International Film Festival
GreeningUSA to present 'A Sea Change' documentary, CNY's premier climate change event
Updated October 17, 2015
Many thanks to everyone who attended and to all of the sponsors who helped put on this screening. It was a great time and huge success!

GreeningUSA and the Syracuse International Film Festival will show the award winning climate change film, A Sea Change, on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:00 p.m. at The Palace Theater, 2384 James St., Syracuse. The film tells the story of Sven Huseby, a retired history teacher whose love for his 5-year old grandson, Elias, prompts him to travel thousands of miles to investigate ocean acidification—a little known flip side of global warming.

A Sea Change documentary video cover graphic

Advance sale tickets to the movie have ended.

Advance sale tickets will be issued at the door starting at
5:15 p.m. the night of the event.

Check-in at the door and give the name used to order your ticket(s).

A limited number of general admission tickets will be sold at the door starting at 5:15 p.m. The doors will open for general admission seating starting at
5:15 p.m.

Tickets prices at the door on the day of the event will be $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for family members.

Event proceeds will benefit GreeningUSA and Climate Change Awareness and Action Committee.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you Friday night!

Tickets sales for the 5 p.m. Meet the Filmmakers VIP Reception have ended. VIP ticket holders may check in at the door starting at 5 p.m. the night of the event. Simply give the name used to order your VIP ticket(s).

Advance sale tickets to the movie have ended. A limited number of general admission tickets will be sold at the door starting at 5:15 p.m. The doors will open for general admission seating starting at 5:15 p.m. Tickets prices at the door on the day of the event will be $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for family members.

"Green" and energy related information from event sponsors, as well as refreshments, will be available.

Immediately following the film a panel discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers will dig deeper into the documentary and issues of climate change. The panel will consist of Barbara Ettinger, documentary film maker; Sven Huseby, the main protagonist in the film; and Dr. Bruce Monger, climate scientist from Cornell University. Moderating the panel will be Chris Bolt, WAER news and public affairs director.

A Sea Change premiered to a standing-room only audience at the Smithsonian Museum, and a standing ovation. The film screened at festivals in North America, Europe, and Latin America, garnering multiple awards and aired on national and international television.

The burning of fossil fuels is fundamentally reshaping ocean chemistry. Oceans have absorbed hundreds of billions of tons of carbon dioxide (more than a quarter of all CO2 produced since the start of the Industrial Revolution), causing a 30% increase in acidification and threatening all forms of sea life with a calcium based exoskeleton—coral reefs, shell fish and pteropods, the tiny animals at the bottom of the food chain.

The film's photography is stunning; the interviews with scientists sobering. Huseby’s relationship with his grandson is delightful and moving and the ending hopeful—focusing on solutions being implemented today. This is a film you will want to see if you care about the world you will leave for the next generation.

5:15 Doors open; food trucks and vendor tables open
6:15 Symphoria cellist Lindsay Groves welcomes guests
6:45 Program starts
7:00 Movie starts
8:30 Panel Discussion and Q&A
9:10 Program ends

Green, energy related and nonprofit organizations working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be staffing display tables in the lobby before and after the film.

There will be food trucks parked outside The Palace along with electric and hybrid cars on display. Cash bar and soft drinks will be available inside. Come straight from work and bring the family.


Limited free parking...

The Palace's rear lot (enter from Stafford Ave.)

Pomco building rear lot across from the Palace (enter from North Ave.)

If above lots are full, please use on-street parking (availability permitting) on James St. and along side streets surrounding the Palace. Better yet, carpool or use Centro bus service if possible!

For information on supporting the work of the Climate Change Awareness and Action Committee, the organizers of this event, contact Peter Wirth, 315-476-3396,

GreeningUSA logo  Syracuse International Film Festival logo Climate Change Awareness and Action Committee logo

This special "A Sea Change" documentary and panel presentation event is sponsored by GreeningUSA, a local nonprofit advocating for sustainable communities, and by the Syracuse International Film Festival. Event proceeds will benefit GreeningUSA.

Panel discussion following the film

Chris Bolt, WAER News and Public Affairs Director

Barbara Ettinger, Director and Co-producer of A Sea Change
Her first film, Martha and Ethel, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and distributed theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics. Her most recent film, Two Square Miles, aired nationally on PBS’s Independent Lens in 2006 and 2007.

Sven Huseby, Main protagonist in A Sea Change & Co-Producer
Huseby is a retired independent school head who worked as a teacher and administrator at The Putney School, Vt. for 30 years and currently serves on the board of several environmental organizations. He will be  attending the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Dec. 2015 with the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity.

Bruce Monger, Senior Researcher and Lecturer  in the Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University since 1997
Monger previously worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His work has taken him world wide—to  oceanographic conferences in Denmark, Holland & Monaco and providing training for national agencies in Thailand & Argentina. In 2014 his course on Introductory Oceanography at Cornell  was featured in a NYT article as one of the top ten interesting courses in the U.S.

Display table/sponsorship information

Limited event sponsorships and table space are available at affordable rates on a first come first serve basis. Discount available for nonprofit organizations. Click here for details.


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Many thanks to all event sponsors



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