Reel and Meal at the New Deal

Reel and Meal is a monthly film series at the New Deal Cafe exploring vital environmental, animal rights, and social justice issues. Admission to the film is always free, sponsored by several Greenbelt community organizations. Contributions are gladly accepted to cover each month’s donation to a non-profit organization.

Reel and Meal events are in-person (limited seating) and online via Zoom.  Each month registration links will be posted here.  You can also reach out to Reel and Meal at

Date: Third Monday of every month
Time: The free film starts at 7pm.
Dinner: Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery offers a vegan meal in support of Reel and Meal’s mission. Cost is $7.99 for participants. Phone in your pre-order to the deli at 301-474-0522 by 1:00pm on the day of the film for pick-up between 4:00pm and 7:00pm at the deli. Depending on demand, there may be dinners on a walk-in basis, if not pre-ordered.
Location: Online or at the New Deal Cafe – 113 Centerway in historic Greenbelt, MD
Public transportation: The cafe is accessible by Metro Buses G12, 13, 14 and 16 from the Greenbelt Metro station.


November 17, 2014

Dying Green

Promotional photo

It seems everyone has worked hard to learn how to live green and now we find there is more for us to do. We can also consider how to make our death less impactful and, as well, to have a future positive impact of protecting forests and green space. In addition we can find a path back to having death be truly a part of life – allowing death back into our homes and bringing us together in the process with greatest of compassion.

Dying Green is a beautiful and upbeat film directed and produced by local filmmaker Ellen Tripler. It won the Best Student Documentary and Best Educational Content (a Merit Award), 2011 Montana CINE International Film Festival.

Discussion leaders

Elizabeth Knox of Takoma Park is the founder of the organization Crossings: Caring for our Own, which is focused on the healing power of caring for our own departed. Through this she advocates for, provides, trains and supports others regarding home funerals and green burials. She is active in environmental and conservation issues and deeply committed to a healthy ecology of the Earth, to world peace and to a life founded in spiritual principles.

Shelley Morhaim is well known in many circles. She is a musician, film maker, and community activist. She serves on the Maryland State Arts Council, the Democratic Party State Central Committee for the 11th District and she has been involved in the creation of the future Resh Mill Preserve green burial ground in Baltimore County.

For further information on this month’s event, please contact Susan Barnett, or 443 388 2961.