Thursday, January 22, 2009

Beyond the Blue in Bolinas

by SF Dell
Bolinas Filmmaker James Fox with Larry King promoting his film Out of the Blue in 2008. Pictured from left, Arizona Gov. Fife Symington, Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, sister Kelly Fox, James Fox, Larry King, and nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman.

Bolinas filmmaker James Fox will screen his new documentary, “Beyond the Blue,” a follow-up documentary to his 2003 film, “Out of the Blue: The Definitive Investigation of the UFO Phenomenon,” at 6:30 pm on Friday, Jan. 23 at the Bolinas Community Center.
In this rough cut of the film, Fox pieces together the best evidence to reveal what people from around the world have encountered with UFOs. Meeting with witnesses ranging from a former Arizona Governor, a retired General in the Iranian Air Force to officials from CNES (France’s equivalent to NASA), Fox seeks the truth. Beyond the Blue hopes to expose reasons for the government’s secrecy from people who were there.
Hosted by the Fox, the event will raise funds for the Bolinas Community Land Trust to complete a state-mandated upgrade at their Bo Gas Station.
The statewide mandate requires Bay Area gasoline dispensing facilities to obtain Enhanced Vapor Recovery (EVR) phase II equipment and permits by April 1 with the goal of reducing daily hydrocarbon emissions by 372 tons, evaporation of 120,000 gallons of gasoline and daily costs to consumers of $360,000.
The non-profit Bolinas Community Land Trust purchased the 110-year-old building, formerly known as the Bolinas Garage or the Longley Building and gas station in 2004. The trust owns and operates a total of three buildings in downtown Bolinas – providing the community with 15 affordable rentals, three work studios, three commercial storefronts, and the only gas station between Mill Valley and Point Reyes Station.
Trust executive director Lesa Kramer said the event is the first effort to reach for community support in raising the estimated $25,000 necessary to comply with the mandate. After seeking alternative funding, the land trust board is deferring to community support. “We haven’t owned the gas station long enough to qualify for any grants that are available,” Kramer said.
The mandate deadline falls just months after BoGas has filed its first fiscal year of net profit; however, revenues fall short of covering upgrade costs.

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