SustainFloyd to Host Potluck & Film Thursday, Dec 8th

Award-Winning Documentary “The Economics of Happiness” to be Screened

Floyd, Virginia – SustainFloyd ( is inviting everyone to “get happy” and celebrate the holidays with a community potluck dinner and the award-winning documentary “The Economics of Happiness” at the Floyd Country Store at 6 p.m., Thursday, December 8, 2011. Admission is $5. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and everyone is invited to bring an entrée, appetizer, side dish or dessert, which will be shared. The movie will be screened at 7 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the documentary for those who want to ask questions. This screening is made possible in part by the generous donation of Pat Sharkey, in honor of all those in the Floyd Community who are in need of a little sunshine and joy.

The Economics of Happiness,” was winner of Best in Show this year at Gainesville,Florida’s Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival. The documentary discusses communities such as Floyd coming together to re-build on a more human scale…ecological economies based on localization. This movie is the final documentary of the popular SustainFloyd Fall Film Series. SustainFloyd is also planning a Spring Film Series to begin in February.

“Too often we forget the holidays are supposed to be about making connections with our friends, family and community,” said Jackie Crenshaw, a SustainFloyd Board Member, who is coordinating the dinner and movie. “This is a chance to enjoy a great film, see your neighbors and make new friends over dinner.”

The Economics of Happiness” offers not only a big-picture analysis of globalization, but a powerful message of hope for the future. Thinkers and activists interviewed for the documentary come from every continent. Their message is unambiguous: in order to respect and revitalize diversity, both cultural and biological, we need to localize economic activity. They argue that a shift – away from globalizing economic activity and towards the local – is a formula that allows us to reduce our ecological footprint while increasing human well-being.

Created in 2009, SustainFloyd is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists the community of Floyd County, Virginia in sustainable, local growth. Its vision is a mix of the past and the future – working to develop new ideas that will support the next generation of this rural community, while preserving our local traditions and history. To learn more about SustainFloyd and its mission, go to

What: SustainFloyd hosts potluck dinner and screens “The Economics of Happiness”
When: 6 p.m., Thursday, December 8, 2011 (Movie screened at 7 p.m.)
Where: Floyd Country Store, Floyd, VA
Who: Everyone invited! $5 Admission

Mike Burton, Director 540-250-0111

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