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Shira Golding

Blog post written by Gillian Smith '12, FLEFF Intern, Journalism, Harwich, MA 

On Sunday, April 1st, self-described "queer multimedia artist" Shira Golding will be screening her documentary, "Empowered: Power From the People." The documentary takes a look at local people engaging in renewable energy. 

"The film as a whole presents our community as an emerging microtopia where a different relationship with consumption and production of power is possible," Golding said. 

Golding runs Shirari Industries, a creative consulting service for non-profits out of Dryden, New York, focusing on social and environmental justice. Golding attended Cornell University and the British American Film Academy in London and has previously worked in the indie film circuit in New York City for six years, where she directed the Media That Matters Film Festival. In Ithaca, Golding has invested herself in Ithaca Freeskool and has co-founded Share Tompkins, a volunteer based program for bartering and sharing goods. 

"Empowered,"  Golding's first feature film, tells the story of residents in Tompkins County who are meeting the needs of energy through entirely renewable resources: solar, wind, veggie oil and geothermal.  

Golding said that she is looking forward to presenting at FLEFF this week, and said she is looking forward to "getting feedback from other filmmakers and audience members and hopefully inspiring viewers of my film to make changes in their own energy use."

She added that festivals are wonderful opportunities to have your work scene, but she believes its just the beginning. 

"Think of your community and social network as a vast distribution network," Golding said. "If you have created something that inspires people, it will be embraced and spread in ways you could never imagine! With "Empowered" we are creating strategic partnerships with like-minded non-profits to take our film to communities around the region." 

Check out "Empowered" 12 pm on Sunday, April 1 at Cinemapolis! 


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