The Healthcare Movie

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The Healthcare Movie, narrated by Keifer Sutherland, explores the health care system in Canada: how it came to be, how it works for ordinary Canadians, how it is paid for, and how it compares to its American counterpart. A special screening is set for Silverton here at the Grange on Tuesday, March 4. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

The Healthcare Movie provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900’s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.

Produced by Canadian/American (now Oregonian) couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, The Healthcare Movie reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people. Every day people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy? If you agree that people are more important than profits, then you must watch this film.

This special Silverton screening is sponsored by the Silverton Grange, Silverton People for Peace, the Main Street Alliance of Oregon and Health Care for All Oregon.

The Silverton Grange Hall is located at 201 Division Street, Silverton. From Main & Water downtown, head south 1.7 miles on Water Street towards Silver Falls State Park, and turn left on Division Street. There is a large State Highway sign for the Grange Hall on the corner.

Grange to Host 1929 VocAg Film

Silverton High School, 1929

Silverton High School, 1929

As part of the Silverton Grange’s monthly lecture series, we start off each of our meetings with a Potluck Dinner Program. For the Sunday, December 4, 2011 meeting, we will feature a presentation on the Silverton High School Vocational Agriculture program from the 1920s, featuring a showing of the recently digitally restored movie by SHS VocAg teacher, Warren Crabtree.

This 24 minute film was originally shot between 1927 and 1929 by Mr. Crabtree to highlight Silverton High School’s Smith-Hughes Vocational Agriculture Program, a Federally funded project designed to instruct rural students in the latest modern agricultural techniques. Crabtree, an amateur filmmaker and photographer, documented his Students progress, with this film and an extensive scrapbook of photos and clippings.

The original footage was shot of 16mm Black and White film, with prints made from it. The reels were provided by Mr. Crabtree’s daughter, Doris, who still lives in Silverton. An earlier analog transfer was created in the early 1980s as part of the Silverton Cable TV Show, “Under the Oak.” The new digital transfer, by Pacific Imaging of Amity, is much crisper, with a vast improvement in image quality.

Additionally, several of the still images that Crabtree filmed as part of the production, were in his scrapbook.  These were scanned and included to replace the 16mm static shots. Doris Crabtree donated her father’s scrapbook to the Silverton Country Museum, which formed the basis for the information in the presentation. The original scrapbook can be viewed at the museum by special arrangement. The original movie was silent, so a supplemental sound track of period popular music was added.

Doors Open at 5:00 – Presentation at 5:30 – Business Meeting to Follow

The Silverton Grange Hall is located at 201 Division Street, Silverton. From Main & Water downtown, head south 1.7 miles on Water Street towards Silver Falls State Park, and turn left on Division Street. There is a large State Highway sign for the Grange Hall on the corner.

Thursday, May 21: The World According to Monsanto

The World According to Monsanto

The World According to Monsanto

For our first Movie Night of the spring growing season, the Silverton Grange will be hosting a showing of a documentary from the National Film Board of Canada, “The World According to Monsanto.” Monsanto is the world leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history. This century-old empire has created some of the most toxic products ever sold, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the herbicide Agent Orange. Based on a painstaking investigation, Today, Monsanto likes to style itself as a “life sciences” company. The leader in genetically modified seeds, engineered to resist its herbicide Roundup, claims it wants to solve world hunger while protecting the environment.

The World According to Monsanto pieces together the story of the St. Louis, Missouri, corporation, calling on hitherto unpublished documents and first-hand accounts by scientists, civil society representatives, victims of the company’s toxic activities, lawyers, politicians, and representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. Based on a three-year investigation in North and South America, Europe and Asia, the film tells the tale of an industrial empire that, thanks in part to misleading reports, collusion with the American government, pressure tactics and attempts at corruption, has become one of the world’s biggest seed manufacturers. It shows how the clean, green image conveyed by the company’s advertising serves as a smoke screen for Monsanto’s quest for market supremacy, to the detriment of global food security and environmental stability.

Doors open at 6:00 with showtime at 6:30. Rick North of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility will lead a question and answer session after the movie with useful tips on how to avoid GE products. The Silverton Grange Hall is located at 201 Division St., Silverton. From Main & Water, head south 1.7 miles on Water St. towards the Falls, and turn left on Division St.