Filmmaker explores impact of media on environmental views

Andrew Nisker is behind the film ‘Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home’
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Documentary filmmaker Andrew Nisker is coming to Roseville to talk about how people form a personal relationship with the natural environment through media influences.

His film “Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home” has been seen by more than 2 million people since its release in 2007 and shows “how the family household has become one of the most ferocious environmental predators of our time,” according to Nisker’s website.

The film chronicles a typical urban family who keep every scrap of garbage they create for three months. The viewer then goes on a journey to find out where that trash goes and what it’s doing to the world.

During his lecture Friday, Feb. 3, at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, Nisker will discuss how film, television and even a floppy-eared beagle named Snoopy affect our views of the environment. The lecture follows the grand opening of Peanuts … Naturally, a temporary exhibit from the Charles M. Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa.

Nisker, a native of Canada, worked in television and film for 20 years, including with the company behind “Saturday Night Live.”

“A few years back, I took my passion for filmmaking and activism and came up with a new form of activism to help families live sustainable lives,” Nisker said in a press release.

His second documentary, “Chemerical,” explores the lifecycle of household cleaners and hygiene products with toxic chemicals.

~ Sena Christian


“The Role of the Media” a lecture by Andrew Nisker
Nisker is the filmmaker behind the award-winning film, “Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home”
When: 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3
Where: Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville
Cost: $9 for students, Roseville residents and Placer Nature Center members; $12 for general public
Info: Call (916) 746-1550 or visit