The Power of One Voice

A film exploring the impact of Rachel Carson's life and work

Great Turnout at Venture Outdoors Screening Event

We had a great crowd and a wonderful time at the Venture Outdoors screening of The Power of One Voice last night. Free beer provided by Victory for Venture Outdoors members, not to mention yummy popcorn with REAL butter (thanks to the super indie and classy Hollywood Theater in Dormont). The film was followed by a lengthy Q&A session with film’s executive producer, Patricia DeMarco, and me (Mark Dixon, director/producer). The POOV film created a great opportunity for Venture Outdoors to connect with members on a topic of concern to all, and we were delighted to be a part of it.

Happy audience members at The Power of One Voice screening last night!
Happy audience members at The Power of One Voice screening last night!

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POOV Screenings Gather Momentum!

Dear Friends of The Power of One Voice,

I am delighted to announce that The Power of One Voice now has five festival/conference acceptances!  Next week I will be attending the screening of POOV at the Woods Hole Film Festival, hosted on Cape Cod, MA (on July 29, 5pm). Carson is a bit of a local hero, and they recently built a beautiful statue to commemorate her connection to the place. Since most of you on this list live in Pittsburgh, I would be grateful if you would share this post with your friends in Massachusetts.

Here’s a list of our other major acceptances:
2015 American Conservation Film Festival
2015 American Conservation Film Festival NORTH
2015 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference
2015 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference

Pittsburgh’s own Green Building Alliance is also hosting a delightful POOV “Dinner and a Documentary” screening next week on July 30 at 5pm. I’ll be in Woods Hole, but the film’s Executive Producer and Rachel Carson expert, Patricia DeMarco, will be in attendance for Q&A and discussion. Details and ticket information can be found here.

You can stay up to date on all the POOV screenings by checking the film’s screening page here:

That’s all for this update (except for the juicy post-scripts below). I hope you are enjoying your summer season, and I look forward to seeing you down the road!

All the best,
Mark Dixon

The Power of One Voice

P.S. Did you know that there is an original opera playing in Pittsburgh that examines the life and impact of Rachel Carson? Go watch it! Details about “A New Kind of Fallout” can be found here.

P.P.S. Have you liked our Facebook page yet? Please like us here and then invite your friends! We keep our Facebook page the most up-to-date on all POOV and related environmental information.

P.P.P.S. (I know, too many post-scripts…) POOV is now the number one ranked Google search result for “Rachel Carson Film.” Woohoo! But we are still way down the list for generic “Rachel Carson” searches (actually page 4). Can you put a link to our website( on your blog or web page? Every bit helps boost our rankings and then more people will learn about this film. Let me know when you do so I can thank you profusely!

POOV Accepted by 2015 AASHE Conference

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 3.27.20 PMWe just received word that The Power of One Voice has been officially selected for screening at the 2015 Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education! This is the go-to destination for learning more about sustainability initiatives at colleges and universities around the country, and we believe that POOV is a great tool for supporting such efforts. We look forward to meeting all sorts of wonderful, caring, eco-minded participants at the conference in Minneapolis, MN in October, 2015. More details about the conference can be found here.

POOV Accepted into Woods Hole Film Festival

WHFF2015_OS_Web_BCWListed as one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by Movie Maker Magazine, the Woods Hole Film Festival has accepted The Power of One Voice for their 2015 festival! We believe it is a great fit, as Carson connected deeply with the sea during her study at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. Festival screening information coming soon…

POOV Accepted into AESS 2015 Conference

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The Power of One Voice will be screened at the 2015 Conference of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences! Hopefully we’ll connect with teachers, librarians, and administrators from around the country (and the world?) who would like to integrate POOV into their curriculum. Patricia DeMarco (POOV’s executive producer) will be attending the event in person.

POOV Accepted into American Conservation Film Festival – NORTH

The Power of One Voice was just accepted into its SECOND film festival (sort of*). The “northern” edition of the American Conservation Film Festival takes place at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts and begins on March 6. We screen on March 7 at 7pm. Not a bad time slot! Here’s a link to the schedule for the event:

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*We were already accepted into the primary ACFF in Shepherdstown, WV, and this is a “northern” extension of that festival. So a different event at a different time, sharing a common foundation and name.

Pittsburgh Premiere Was Packed!

Dear Friends of “The Power of One Voice,”

I’m overjoyed to report that the Pittsburgh Premiere of “The Power of One Voice” was filled to the brim with eager filmgoers, chomping at the bit (not to mention a whole lot of great food) to learn from and be inspired by the story of Rachel Carson. I have to send out a huge thanks to all the people who showed up and helped out to make this event go so smoothly, and with such enthusiasm. It truly was an evening of abundance. Details below…


We received the official Mayoral certification of having a “real event” when Mayor Bill Peduto showed up to meet and greet the crowd. He also shared a number of interesting facts about Rachel Carson as he helped us introduce the film. I found that he filled in some gaps in the story that I had to leave out, so it was great that he shared the information with the crowd! From left to right, there is Cheryl Tracy and Robert Mulvihill with the National Aviary, Mayor Bill Peduto, Patricia DeMarco (the film’s Executive Producer), and me, Mark Dixon (the film’s Director/Producer).



There was abundant, delicious vegetarian food for the chomping, and a beautiful greeting owl was on display for the guests to “meet” (from a few feet away. 😉 )




Plenty of friends and family were in attendance. Top we find Patricia DeMarco and Terry Collins (CMU). Center we have me and my sister, Christina Dixon. At the bottom my wife (left) Christine Benner Dixon, and Marie Fechik-Kirk, who both checked people in at the door while selling DVDs and screening licenses. I’m not sure what we would have done without that dynamic duo at the door!



The crowd filled in every seat as far as I could tell, though there might have been one or two hidden beneath a coat. The strange semi-icy weather proved no match for the environmental passions of these Pittsburghers! (And several people came in from way outside of Pittsburgh!)

Robert Mulvihill, National Aviary

Carl Kurlander, Steeltown Entertainment Project

Patricia DeMarco, Executive Producer

Mark Dixon, Director/Producer

Mayor Bill Peduto

We all took turns introducing the Aviary, our various projects and thanks to the audience, and then the Mayor kicked off the film…


The title screen of the film comes from a trip I took to Lake Champlain, VT to visit my brother, quite possibly the greenest guy I know.


We took questions for a while after the film before sending everybody safely (!) home through the icy rain! There were so many beautiful encounters last night with so many friendly, caring, passionate people that even the pile of photos above will never entirely do it all justice. The Aviary staff and venue was phenomenal and I couldn’t have asked for more. Huge props to Steeltown Entertainment Project and Carl Kurlander for supporting me and this project through the years. And I can’t sign off without mentioning how wonderful it has been to work closely with Patricia DeMarco on this film since day one. She has a gift for working in the environmental arena and I can’t wait to see her book when it comes out (soon-ish!). And thanks again to all my old and new friends who joined the festivities. I’ll see you down the road!

All the best,
Mark Dixon

The Power of One Voice

P.S. We have now officially begun to sell institutional licenses for the film online. You can place your order here: