Energy documentary to make GJ debut Tuesday

A documentary about energy production and its future will be shown at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.

Doors open at 7:40 p.m. for “Switch,” this year’s “Best of Fest” award-winner at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival Feb. 23-25 in Golden. Tickets are $2 at the door. Advanced tickets are available for $1 at the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, 360 Grand Ave.

The screening is part of a public outreach effort during the Rocky Mountain Section Meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Sept. 9-12 at Two Rivers Convention Center. This is the first time Grand Junction has hosted the regional meeting, according to the meeting’s general chair, Jay Scheevel of Scheevel Geo Technologies in Grand Junction. About 500 geologists from 11 states are expected to attend.

Scheevel said he expects geologists attending the meeting to join the screening, but he wants to assure potential attendees the film is not full of industry jargon. “It’s very comprehensive an very entertaining,” Scheevel said.

Scheevel said the documentary covers how different types of energy are produced, where they are produced, how much of each type is produced each year and what kind of production people can expect from different forms of energy production in years to come. A press packet for “Switch” boasts the documentary is “truly balanced” and includes 53 expert interviews in 11 countries.

“A lot of people talk about ‘all of the above’ but peel off and talk about the thing that is their pet. But this is not that way. It really is all of the above,” Scheevel said.

Dr. Scott Tinker, the documentary’s narrator, will answer audience questions following the screening. Tinker has 30 years of experience in energy exploration and is the director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and Texas’ State Geologist.

“Switch” has been screened on special occasions since the beginning of this year and will open in theaters in major markets later this month. Tuesday’s screening is sponsored by the Grand Junction Geological Society and The Rocky Mountain Section of the AAPG.


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Bummer. If I weren’t avoiding crowds because of a compromised immune system, I’d be at this movie. For sure the price is right! LOL

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