A sunset over a desert cityscape with the sun low in the sky, casting a warm glow and creating a silhouette of the mountains in the background. There are outlines of buildings and palm trees against the light, and the foreground shows arid terrain with sparse vegetation typical of a desert. In the lower left corner, there's text that reads "HOW TO POWER A CITY," suggesting the image may be related to a documentary or educational content focusing on urban energy topics. The sky above is clear with minimal clouds, allowing the sunlight to dominate the scene.

How To Power A City

How to Power A City provides a front-row seat to communities battling fossil fuel dependence by bringing solar and wind projects to their hometowns. Filmed in six locations, the stories reveal how a diverse cast prevailed against myriad obstacles such as indifferent politicians, technical impasses, public ignorance, cost, and natural and manmade disasters. It is a solutions-focused climate story.

Guest in attendance, Q&A with Melanie La Rosa

Virtual & Hybrid Passholder Pre-order is now open for this film in the Virtual Theatre. Individual Virtual Theatre ticket sales open January 17th.

About the Filmmaker

Melanie La Rosa is an award-winning filmmaker and educator. Her documentaries include the new feature “How To Power A City,” which follows individuals leading clean energy projects in six locations. She also authored a book based on the film, “Communities and the Clean Energy Revolution” (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2022). She is a 2022 Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, and has won grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Periclean/Mellon Faculty Leadership Award, the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Queens Council on the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, the Yip Harburg Foundation, and the Solutions Journalism Network.

Melanie’s previous films include “Sir: Just A Normal Guy” (2001), which screened to acclaim at LGBTQ festivals around the world, and “The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di Prima” (2011, 2021). “The Poetry Deal” was re-released 10 years after its original premiere, has aired in over 150 markets across the U.S., and will broadcast on public television through 2025.

Melanie teaches media production at Pace University, and holds an MFA in Film and Media from Temple University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She splits her time between Queens, NYC and the rural mountains of upstate NY.

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