Film by NSN member to be screened Monday

Via The Norman Transcript:

The film “Oklahomans Taken for a Ride” will be shown 7 p.m. Monday at the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster Ave. The film highlights the rail infrastructure Oklahoma has and the importance of protecting it and putting it to better use. The event is being sponsored by the Oklahoma County Green Party and the Coalition to Save Union Station Railyard.

“Oklahoma City’s transportation future is threatened as the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) plans to destroy the 12-track Oklahoma City Union Station railyard as a part of the I-40 Crosstown relocation near final approval,” a press release about the screening states. “The film details ODOT rerouting plans while also detailing efforts to fight the railyard destruction. The video also shows how the facility could be reused as an Oklahoma multi-modal transportation hub.”

The film’s producer and NSN member Don Grissom will participate in the discussion after the film.

Grissom, a graduate of Norman High School, worked in film and video production in Washington, D.C. for 28 years, recently returning to Norman to continue his documentary career. He has been involved in the production of “One World Quest” (Muheim Motion Pictures), “Benny Andrews Route 66 Tour” (Ogden Museum of Southern Art), “Intel Wars” (CNN Documentary), “Extreme Makeover” (ABC), “Drugs” (Frontline, Resolute Films), and many other films.

“Oklahomans Taken for a Ride” explores the effect that ripping out the existing railways at OKC’s Union Station in order to make room for the crosstown freeway could have on air quality.

“Jerry Church of the Association of Central Oklahoma governments predicts that Oklahoma will get an F in air quality from the American Lung Association next year,” the release states. “Both Tulsa and Oklahoma City are in danger of falling out of compliance with the federal Clean Air Act smog levels. Increases in smog levels are often attributed to over-reliance on private autos for transportation. This and other related issues will be included in the discussion after the 24-minute film.”

Fannie Bates, M.P.H., a local proponent of expanded public transportation, reports that a local doctor is observing a marked increase in asthma among children in central Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City voters will vote Dec. 11 on an $835 million bond issue which does not include any money for freight or rail transportation, Bates said.

The film is free and the public is invited.

More information is available by calling Bates at 917-9872 or Tom Elmore at 794-7163.

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