Antioch University New England in Keene is hosting a screening of Marlboro Productions feature-length environmental documentary “BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal?” on Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m.
The screening — sponsored by the Antioch Environmental Studies Department, the Sierra Club NH Chapter and Pisgah Defenders — will be held in the school’s Community Room at 40 Avon St. and is scheduled to coincide with the UN International Day of Forests. A Q&A will follow with local filmmaker and Antioch alum Chris Hardee; Jamie Sayen, author and forest activist, who appears in the film; and Tom Wessels, forest ecologist and Antioch faculty emeritus, who also appears in the film.
“BURNED” tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of forests for electric power generation and probes the policy loopholes, subsidies and greenwashing of the biomass power industry. It also examines the biomass pellet industry in the southeastern United States, which ships millions of tons of pelletized trees to power plants in the UK and EU for the generation of electricity.
It also covers the Burgess Biopower facility in Berlin, N.H., whose subsidies as legislated in N.H. Senate Bill 365, the biomass and waste incineration subsidy bill, are an ongoing source of political and ratepayer turmoil in New Hampshire and are being contested in the courts.
During the week of March 18, there will be an international streaming and broadcast premiere of the film on Link TV, a progressive satellite TV network.
BURNED has been selected by a number of film festivals, including the American Conservation Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the Utopia Film Festival, the Mendocino Film Festival, and the VT International Film Festival.