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Free Black Friday Global Film Screening Alternative to Frenzy at the Mall
Filmmaker Advises to Avoid the “Zombie Shopacalypse” on Black Friday
The trailer is advertising what is becoming a Black Friday holiday tradition – a free global screening of the documentary, GrowthBusters:
“We should be troubled by the annual ‘consumption watch,’ in which economists and newscasters hold vigil and await with bated breath the news that shoppers spent more money than the year before. Black Friday retail sales numbers actually measure how steep our over-consumption death spiral has become.”
Instead of joining the hordes, Gardner encourages family and friends to gather around what has become the “campfire”
Every year on Black Friday, the filmmaker makes the GrowthBusters documentary available free all day. He curates a handful of short films to accompany the documentary. “We put together a few relevant films addressing the existential crises of our time – overshoot, overpopulation and overconsumption. Rather than depress, most of these short films are very amusing. But the intent, Gardner advises, is to provoke meaningful family discussion following the screening.
GrowthBusters director Gardner insists, “We cannot shop our way out of this economic crisis. It’s time to realize we’ve outgrown the planet. The planet is saying, ‘enough.’ We need to transition to a steady state economy focused on sufficiency rather than more, more, more.”
Gardner admits this is a huge culture-shift, to stop measuring success by ever-increasing GDP, six-digit incomes, and trophy homes with luxury autos in 4-car garages. “This is the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced,” he notes, “but if we can’t get unhooked from growth addiction we face likely collapse of our civilization.”
GrowthBusters premiered November 2, 2011 in Washington DC to a packed house. Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb, declared, “This could be the most important film ever made.” GrowthBusters is available year-round directly to the public for purchase or rental at the film’s website, www.growthbusters.org. Sustainability advocates around the world buy the film and organize community screenings and house parties.
GrowthBusters is a non-profit, public education project of Citizen-Powered Media.
Attack of Zombie Shoppers: http://youtu.be/
GrowthBusters Black Friday Screening: http://www.youtube.com/