Growlers movie premieres Jan. 18 at Nordic Lodge

Coupeville Community Allies is presenting the premiere of a film Thursday that looks at the region-wide impacts of the Navy E/A-18G Growler aircraft.

“Plane Truths” is a 30-minute film created by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young of Moving Images. It will be followed by a discussion.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m., on Jan. 18 at the Nordic Hall at 63 Jacobs Road in Coupeville. Snacks will be available.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted to offset the cost of the hall rental, cookies and other expenses.

Award-winning Moving Images was founded by Young and Dworkin 20 years ago to increase the understanding of political and social issues in Central America, but then expanded to address a long list of such issues as labor rights and childcare and implications of new genetic technologies, according to Moving Images website.

Many of the programs were aired on PBS and widely distributed in schools, libraries and community organizations, the website says.

The Growler aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and have caused controversy in the region, particularly near the Coupeville Outlying Field, because of the noise they make.

The Navy is in the midst of finalizing an environmental impact statement that will decide the distribution of where the Growlers, which are due to increase in number, will conduct aircraft landing practice.

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