November 11, 2014

"PUMP" documentary on renewable fuels comes to Nebraska

Renewable fuels hit the big screen with a one-time screening of the documentary "Pump" at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. The 88-minute film will be shown at 7 p.m. Nov. 12.

"Pump," narrated by Jason Bateman, explores America's dependence on oil and its effect on the economy. The documentary demonstrates how biofuels like ethanol offer consumers a cheaper, cleaner alternative to gasoline.

Following the screening, there will be a short panel discussion. Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition executive director, and Dan Duncan, Nebraska Innovation Campus executive director, will discuss renewable energy and answer audience questions.

"Consumers aren't always aware of their fuel options at the pump and the impact their choice could have on the environment, economy and public health," said Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator. "We hope attendees leave the theater with a better understanding of biofuels and renewable energy."

"Pump" is being shown nationwide on a small scale and has received positive entertainment reviews.

"‘Pump' is quite entertaining, drawing together colorful archival footage, interviewed experts and ordinary folk, as well as sojourns to China (in the wake of its economic boom now the world's largest market for cars) and Brazil (whose shift to ethanol production brought prosperous energy dependence), in a lively, professional package," said Variety magazine.

"Pump" and the panel discussion are sponsored by the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers and Urban Air Initiative. Admission is free and open to the public. Attendees should RSVP to to receive free popcorn with admittance.

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