Play Again (Encore Presentation!)

Saturday March 5th, 3 pm/ Thatcher Pavilion/ Tickets

Post-film program includes Q&A with Sue Dombro, Naturalist and Director, Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum. Sue will share about nature play opportunities and hands-on activities. *Teens and general audiences encouraged to attend this thought-provoking, acclaimed film! Facilitator: Susan Lucci, Professional Trainer & Coach.

Tonje Hessen Schei/ 2010/ 82 min/ Health & the Environment 

FILM DESCRIPTION: This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. Play Again unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality. Through the voices of children and leading experts including a journalist, sociologist, environmental writer, educator, neuroscientist, parks advocate, and geneticist, Play Again investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.


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Racing Extinction

Saturday March 5th, 10 am/ Classic Cinemas Lake Theater/ Tickets

Stay after the film for Q&A with Dave Mrazek and Joel Greenberg, filmmaker and writer of “From Billions to None” as they lead a discussion on endangered species, extinction, and what can be done. Concessions will be available for purchasing snacks and beverages. Facilitator: Gary Cuneen, Founding Executive Director, Seven Generations Ahead.

Saturday March 5th 7 pm/ University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts/ Tickets

Post-film action opportunities will be shared by the University of Chicago Climate Action Network, the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, and other local advocacy groups. Refreshments will be served. Facilitator: Jim Haried, Senior Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young.

Louie Psihoyos/ 2015/ 90 min/ Climate Change & Community Response

FILM DESCRIPTION: Racing Extinction follows a team of artists and activists who expose the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet forever. See what could be going extinct right in front of our eyes.


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Saving My Tomorrow (Family Film!)

Saturday March 5th, 11:30 am/ Oak Park Public Library/ Tickets

Arrive at 11A for healthy snacks and a healthy snack- making demo by The Kids’ Table! Stay for post-film panel with a children’s educator, local youth who are green leaders in their communities– and simple, related follow up and take home activities. Please note, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Families with children through middle school are encouraged to attend together; these films are great for family discussion! Facilitator: Wendy Negron, Early Childhood Educator.

Saturday March 5th, 3 pm/ Prairie Crossing Charter / Tickets

Please stay for post-film discussion, and concrete opportunities for action.

Amy Schatz/ 2015/ Family Film

FILM DESCRIPTION: HBO and The American Museum of Natural History present Saving My Tomorrow, a six part family series on the environment. From the children who will inherit the planet, comes a collection of songs, activism, and heartfelt tips for protecting the earth. Kids share their thoughts on subjects ranging from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. This is an inspirational family film, great for the whole family and children ages 7 and up!

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Seeds of Time

Saturday March 5th, 11 am/ Sulzer Regional Library/ Tickets

Post-film discussion with biodiversity and “slow food” panelists, including:
Michael Stein, Food Campaigns Director, Green America.
Laurell Sims, Slow Food Chicago, Ark of Taste; Production/Marketing Manager, Growing Power Chicago.
Alison Parker, Farmer at Radical Root; Growing Power Board of Directors.
Facilitator: Seamus Ford, Co-Founder, Root Riot Urban Garden Network.
 Opportunities for taking concrete action will also be shared by Peterson Garden Project, and others.
Sandy McLeod/ 2013/ 77 min/ Food, Agriculture

FILM DESCRIPTION: A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. Visit Seeds of Time official site.


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Soil Carbon Cowboys

Sunday March 6th, 6:30 pm/ 19th Century Club/ Tickets
(Arrive at 5:30 pm to experience the Nissan Electric LEAF)

Please join us for our Closing Screening & Reception!

  Soil Carbon Cowboys will be paired with 2 other short films, Food for Thought, Food for Life and Man in the Maze. The program features post-film discussion about the regeneration of our food systems, our health, and ultimately our society. Refreshments and opportunities for relevant local action will also be shared. Facilitator: Seamus Ford, Co-Founder, Root Riot Urban Garden Network


Peter Byck/ 2014/ 12 min/ Food, Agriculture

FILM DESCRIPTION: Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis – heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning on their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth rather than run off. And these turned on soils retain that water, so the ranches are much more resilient in drought. Soil Carbon Cowboys is an amazing story that has just begun.


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