Five Must-See Films at the 2015 Bioneers Conference

We are proud to be screening five incredible films at the 2015 Bioneers Conference covering topics including racial justice, art as activism, climate change and plant medicine. 

Here is a preview of the informative and moving documentaries that will be screened in the Showcase Theater at the Marin Center in San Rafael, California on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2015.

Friday 7:00pm — The Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution

In the 1960s when a new revolutionary culture was emerging, those seeking to radically transform the system believed change was imminent. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. Whether they were right or wrong, good or bad, more than 40 years after its founding in Oakland, the group and its leadership remain enduring figures in our popular imagination. This new feature documentary includes eyewitness accounts from the first members who joined the organization, rank-and-file members, and the voices of lawyers, journalists, scholars, police officers, and former FBI agents. Directed by Stanley Nelson. Sonya Childress of Firelight Media will introduce the film.  (113 minutes)

Friday 9:10pm — For All The Marbles

For All The Marbles tells the story of how, faced with the most urgent issue of our generation, climate change, a Salt Lake City carpenter decides to run for Congress in the 2014 election. We follow Bill Barron on his very unique campaign trail, as he rides his bike 600 miles across the state of Utah to raise awareness and get out the vote! (Bill was inspired by Bioneers to embark on this quest.) (13 minutes)

Friday, 9:35pm — Beyond the Walls

Beyond the Walls tells the inspiring story of how mural art on walls around the world expresses the aspirations of embattled communities in such places as the West Bank, Northern Ireland, Liberia, El Salvador, Argentina, Australia, and U.S. inner cities. A vivid and surprising exploration of one of the most dynamic and inspiring and under-reported artistic movements of our era. With: Director and Executive Producer Gayle Embrey. (40 minutes)

Saturday, 7:00pm — A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin

A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin is a powerful documentary featuring groundbreaking FDA-approved research on the medical potential of psilocybin, conducted by leading doctors at UCLA, New York University, and John's Hopkins University, and funded by The Heffter Research Institute. The significant positive results of the Phase 2 studies have been published in top-tier peer-reviewed psychiatric journals, and reported by Michael Pollan in The New Yorker. With: filmmaker Robert Barnhart. (60 minutes)

Saturday, 8:20pm — Finding the Gold Within

This film follows six black men from Akron, Ohio, who all participated since 6th grade in an innovative program that gives young people a chance to grow into self-knowledge, discipline and confidence, through the challenges and tests they face during their first years of college. Each of them is determined to disprove society's stereotypes and low expectations. The film explores America's historically embedded fear of "blackness" and probes what it means to be young, black and male. Introduced by Director Karina Epperlein. (92 minutes)

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