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: Dinners are available at the café after 4pm with several plant-based options.
Carryout: The Co-Op Supermarket Meatless Monday meals can be picked up from the “grab and go” for Zoom at-home viewing after 11am.
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.

October 16, 2023

Short Films About Renewable Energy Alternatives

We are in a climate crisis we need to deal with. People hear much about Hydro, Solar and Wind electric. These films introduce us to other sources – Geo electric, Tidal electric, and Hydrogen.

“Why Geothermal Energy is Taking Off”: Electricity and heat produced from hot rocks underground. USA is the world’s largest producer with over 60 plants. Our western states alone could provide 50% of our electricity, yet it accounts for only 0.4%. of our use. With no greenhouse emissions, working 24/7 365 days a year, its time is long overdue.

“The Hidden Energy” shows how Iceland is the World leader in using Geothermal energy to both produce electricity and to heat buildings.

“Can Underwater Turbines Work? Tidal Power Explained” explores the enormous potential and side benefits of tidal action produced electricity.

“The Impossible Build” shows how a planned dam in Great Britain can both produce electricity from tides as well as hold back rising seas from flooding coastal towns.

“Hydrogen: Fuel of the Future” demonstrates this elemental gas, either burned directly or used to produce electricity in a fuel cell, offers another renewable energy source.

Come to the New Deal Cafe on Monday, October 16. We have a full dinner menu and the program starts at 7PM. Or you can join us on Zoom at 6:50pm; register at See you there!