Elon to host ‘The Smell of Money’ film screening, discussion on Oct. 16

During Campus Sustainability Week, Elon will host a screening of the widely acclaimed documentary film, The Smell of Money. A discussion with filmmaker, Jamie Berger, and North Carolina Environmental Justice Network’s Co-Director of Research and Education, Chris Hawn, will follow the screening.

"The Smell of Money" film posterElon University will host a film screening of “The Smell of Money” and discussion with filmmaker Jamie Berger and co-director of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network Chris Hawn on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Turner Theatre.

“The Smell of Money” follows Elsie Herring and her community’s fight against the world’s largest pork corporation for their freedom to enjoy fresh air, clean water and a life without the stench of manure. Registration is open on the screening and coverage on Eventbrite.

Jamie Berger is a writer and documentary filmmaker born and raised in North Carolina. Her writing has been featured in Vox, The Guardian, USA Today, NowThis, The News & Observer, and more. Throughout her career, she has used writing and visual storytelling to draw attention to issues ranging from environmental racism to the climate crisis to other injustices wrought against people, animals, and the planet.

Shawn Bannon is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, AFI FEST, and featured on The Atlantic, Forbes, and BBC America. His short films, Hurricane Heroes, Bloody Barbara and A Ghost Story – 10 Pages, have all been selected for Vimeo Staff Picks. His recent film The Green Knight Documentary was made for A24 and premiered on iTunes. The Smell of Money is his first feature length documentary.

Chris Hawn is the co-director of Research and Education. Hawn is an environmental scientist who specializes in making science accessible to all. Growing up in the desert, their love of the environment is rooted in the southwest and blossomed in the southeast. They received their Ph.D. in zoology at NC State in 2015. Since then they’ve been learning grassroots organizing skills to apply to the field of public science with the vision of science that supports accessible and liberated futures.