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Racing Extinction On The Red Carpet

OEFF_MoviePoster_2016 (4)From the glamorous stars on the Red Carpet to the award’s presentation extravaganza itself, the Oscars were Hollywood’s night to shine. But there was one documentary that we were proud to see among the nominations, “Racing Extinction.”

This groundbreaking documentary examines biodiversity loss, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a more sustainable future. Joined by new innovators, this documentary brings a voice to the thousands of species teetering on the very edge of life. Leonardo DiCaprio used his Best Actor platform to speak out about climate change during his acceptance speech, “Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. Let us not take this planet for granted.”

Come see this important film at One Earth Film Festival Saturday March 5th, 10 am at Classic Cinemas Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St, Oak Park (tickets $6) and Saturday March 5th, 7 pm at University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Chicago.

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Interviews with One Earth Filmmakers

Filmmakers hope audience will be moved to action

We asked two filmmakers whose documentaries are 2016 One Earth Film Festival Official Selections what’s the one inspiration they hope audiences will take away after seeing their works. Both will be attending screenings of their films this weekend.


Alexis Aurigemma, “The Sustainable”—

We want people to take away an awareness of the benefits of implementing the types of technologies the Stocks [couple whose home is featured in “The Sustainable”] have in their home, such as active solar and wind power, but also realize the utilization of other technologies such as using a passive solar design, insulated panels and alternate heating and cooling system can really make a difference in just HOW MUCH energy one uses in the first place.

“The Sustainable” screens 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 6, at Ascension Catholic Church, 808 S. East Ave. Oak Park, IL

“The Sustainable” features a married couple from Saratoga Springs, NY, who wanted to build their dream home on a piece of property they love. The only problem? It will cost them $70,000 to put up the power lines needed to reach their house. Instead of bowing to the power companies, The Stocks decide to take a road less traveled. 


John Murray, “A Farmer’s Road”—

“The most important thing I’d like audiences to take away after seeing A Farmer’s Road is to take action. It’s always nice to enjoy a well-made film for its entertainment value, but unless audiences take action, then the advocacy part of documentary film falls short.” Examples might include joining a CSA and/or shopping at their local farmers’ market. Getting involved to understand how their food is grown and raised is a great first step. Ultimately, I’m hoping for them to make lifestyle changes and begin having a relationship with the source of their food. That single action can have a positive cascading effect. By keeping their dollars local, they are, in turn, not only helping their local economy, but also the environment by supporting those who care about the air they breathe and the water they drink. It doesn’t happen overnight, but a few small steps to begin can have a wonderful effect in the right direction.

“A Farmer’s Road” screens 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 6, Oak Park Main Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL

“A Farmer’s Road” tells the story of two PhD soil scientists who trade the security of academic tenure at a renowned research university for the relentless challenges and economic uncertainty of operating a Grade A goat dairy and farmstead creamery in central Illinois.

On The Green Carpet

Gratz2-LRG180dpi-This is the evening to be green in Chicago. The 5th Annual Green Carpet Gala is only two days away. Join us for the fun and excitement that goes with celebrating the opening of our festival’s milestone year. It all takes place starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St, in downtown Chicago. Meet and mingle with creative leaders from the sustainability and filmmaking communities. Enjoy delicious bites and a full bar while we look back at One Earth’s past accomplishments and what the festival holds this weekend.After having ample time to talk with friends, old and new, we will head into Buchanan Chapel for the evening program. Seva Gandhi, senior program coordinator for the Institute of Cultural Affairs, will lead events, which will be interspersed with several short films. We want to see you On the Green Carpet (event hashtag #OTGC) Friday evening to celebrate in sustainable style! Like us onFacebook.com/OneEarthFilmFest and share #OneEarth and #OEFF2016 with your friends and family!

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Bikes vs. Cars at Frontier Chicago

BIKESvsCARS_ThumbChicago is well known for its commitment to developing protected bike lanes within city limits. Currently, it has over 200 miles of on-street buffered and protected shared bike lanes. Are you one of the bikers who rides on the city’s protected lanes? Would you like to be? Join One Earth Film Festival as we celebrate biking and alternative transportation, Sun. 3/6 @ 3:30pm for a view & brew screening event of “Bikes vs. Cars. at Frontier Chicago, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. Learn about changes in transportation and Nissan’s new Electric LEAF! Bikes vs. Cars  looks at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.

Join Go Bronzeville before the screening for a community bike ride from the Bronzeville Community Garden to the screening. Ride from 51st and Calumet at 2 PM for a leisurely bike ride to Frontier Chicago. Rebecca Noble of Go Bronzeville says about biking, “What really hooks people is a fun form of transportation in a way that driving isn’t. Getting rid of the windshield world view and getting on a bike seat can change the way you see the city and the world.”

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Just Eat It Encore Presentation!

just eat itIn the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month. How do we solve our food waste and hunger issues at the same time? One Earth is honoring attendee requests in our Fifth Year, by bringing back fan favorites. “Just Eat It” is just one of 3 encore presentations! “Just Eat It” is a cleverly presented film that uncovers the world of rejected, ugly but otherwise delicious food that gets wasted at every level of the chain– from farm to retail to our own fridge.

Despite the growing number of people experiencing hunger and food insecurity, the culinary pursuit of beautiful food comes at the cost of millions of pounds of wasted edibles. Learn what change is being made and how you can modify your own food habits to reduce waste.

“Just Eat It” screens Sunday 3/5 @ 3:30 pm at the Peggy Notrbaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr.

Please stay for post-film discussion with Raj Karmani, Founder/Chief Impact Officer, Zero Percent, as well as the Lakeview Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served! Concrete opportunities for action will be shared by the panelists and the Chicago Conservation Corps. This screenings facilitator is Kristen Pratt, Sustainability Manager at Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Like all One Earth Film Festival screening events, this event is free with suggested donation. Seating capacity is limited, reservations advised! Get tickets for this screening today!

Our second Encore Presentation is film Play Again” Saturday 3pm, at Thatcher Pavilion!

Also see “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai” Sunday 12:30pm at St. Benedict the African-East Catholic Church!


Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors from the One Earth Film Festival.


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