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'Play Again' is next film in Matinees That Matter

The award-winning documentary
The award-winning documentary 'Play Again' will be shown at the Historic Lynwood Theatre on May 20 as the next film in the Matinees That Matter series.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Sustainable Bainbridge

Sustainable Bainbridge will screen the award-winning documentary "Play Again" as the next film in Matinees That Matter.

The movie examines of the consequences of a childhood removed from nature, and the 90-minute film explores the changing balance between our virtual and natural worlds, and how this shift will impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet.

"Play Again" is being presented by Sustainable Bainbridge in partnership with the Historic Lynwood Theatre. The screening is 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, and all seats are $9.

Martin LeBlanc, senior vice-president for external affairs at IslandWood, will moderate the post-film discussion.

Studies show that the average American child now spends more than eight hours each day in front of a screen; emailing, sending texts, maintaining and pursuing hundreds of online friends. The documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to 15 hours a day facing screens. "Play Again" unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure, with no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.

Through the voices of children and leading experts —  including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan, and geneticist David Suzuki — "Play Again" investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and suggests ways to confront these consequences.

For more information, visit the Sustainable Bainbridge website at or the film’s website at

Sustainable Bainbridge is a nonprofit organization that supports collaboration among local organizations, agencies and individuals to create a more sustainable community.


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