“A Small Good Thing” screening is set for 6:30 p.m. May 31 in Ward Hall at The Fenn School, 516 Monument St., Concord.
The feature documentary tells the stories of six people moving away from a philosophy of “more is better” toward a holistic conception of well-being, one based on a connection to themselves, their families and the natural world.
Three of these stories follow men who served in the armed forces and have shifted to service of a different kind: Sean Stanton finds his calling in farming, Tim Durrin becomes a social work student and Mark Gerow a yoga teacher. Jen and Pete Salinetti, a college-educated couple with two small children, have chosen to be farmers as a way to connect with their community, and Shirley Edgerton is a community activist and founder of the Youth Alive Step Team and the Women of Color Giving Circle.
These stories include thoughts by Bill McKibben, author on climate change; Jeremy Rifkin on the future of energy; Stephen Cope, director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living at Kripalu; Dacher Keltner, positive psychology researcher; and Kristin Neff, a leading expert on self-compassion.
A Q&A with the film’s director, Pamela Tanner Boll, will directly follow the screening. The event is free. For the trailer: asmallgoodthingfilm.com.
This article was originally published in The Concord Journal.