DIVIDE IN CONCORD tells the entertaining tale of banning bottled water in small town America.

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Jean Hill, a fiery octogenarian, is deeply concerned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world's largest landfill. Since 2010, she has spearheaded a grassroots campaign to ban the sale of single-serve plastic bottled water in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. She spends her golden years attending city council meetings and cold calling residents. So far, her attempts to pass a municipal bylaw have failed.

As she prepares for one last town meeting, Jean faces the strongest opposition yet, from local merchants and the International Bottled Water Association. But her fiercest challenge comes from Adriana Cohen, mother, model and celebrity publicist-turned-pundit, who insists the bill is an attack on freedom.

When Adriana thrusts Jean's crusade into the national spotlight, it's silver-haired senior versus silver-tongued pro. In the same town that incited the American Revolution and inspired Thoreau's environmental movement, can one senior citizen make history? A tense nail-biter of a vote will decide.

Two versions on one DVD: 82 and 60 minutes

SDH Captioning for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Directed by Kris Kaczor
Produced by David Regos and Jaedra Luke
Executive Producer: Michele Clarke
Editors: Steve Nemsick, Matthew Prinzing
Cinematography: Kris Kaczor
Original Score: Gigantic Hand

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Screening options (with license to charge admission):
$100 Small Community Screening (1-50 people)
$200 Medium Community Screening (51-100 people)
$350 Large Community Screening (100+ people)



"A fascinating, entertaining look at how persistence and citizen action still means something in a corporate-controlled society."
Michael Moore

"DIVIDE IN CONCORD is a remarkable, beautifully filmed and presented story of the second great battle of Concord, Massachusetts: the battle to ban small single-serve plastic bottles of water. Watch true community democracy in action as a small group of determined citizens fire another shot heard 'round the world in the name of protecting the global environment and awakening the rest of us to the threat of unsustainable commercial products flooding our stores."

Peter Gleick, President and Co-founder, Pacific Institute, Author, Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind our Obsession with Bottled Water

"DIVIDE IN CONCORD drops the viewer into the middle of a citizen-instigated environmental battle. This most local of efforts provokes a corporate response and nuanced reflections of partisans on sustainability, seemingly small consumer actions and global environmental repercussions, and different conceptions of freedom, choice, and responsibility. The movie offers a deft portrait of local citizen activism, environmentalism, and democracy in action."
William Buzbee, Professor of Law, Georgetown University


"It's entirely fitting that a noteworthy battle over banning the sale of bottled water sales took place in the town known for Thoreau and the start of the Revolutionary War. DIVIDE IN CONCORD presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at this conflict, fairly presenting both sides of the issue through interviews with the main participants. ...The conflict highlighted between environmental protection and individual liberty will surely stay with us for many years to come."
James Salzman, Professor of Law and Environmental Policy, Duke University, Author, Drinking Water: A History

 

"Concord, birthplace of the American Revolution and Henry David Thoreau, is the perfect place for a 21st century environmental battle, and this saga has all of the elements of a good fight. ...see how one community can spark a revolution..."
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