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.
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
In 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.
Chicago high school students explore “The True Cost” of fashion
By Cassandra West
which explores the impact of the fashion industry on people and the planet, has captured the imaginations of a passionate group of students at Northside College Preparatory High in Chicago, where the documentary will be screened at 3:30 p.m. on March 6 as part of the One Earth Film Festival. The students formed the NCP One Earth Film Festival Host Committee and are reaching out to peers and local businesses to help fill seats for the screening. They're also planning a fashion-themed art exhibition to correspond with the screening and have invited alumni to contribute to a post-viewing panel discussion.
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"Symphony of the Soil" (2012) 103 minutes
FILMMAKER: Deborah Coons Garcia
One Earth Film Festival Rating: 12+
TICKETS - Sunday, March 8, 3 - 5:30 PM Triton College, Performing Arts Center (E. Campus) 2000 5th Ave., River Grove
JOHN DE GRAAF ENVIRONMENTAL FILMMAKING AWARD--Wild & Scenic Film Fesitval 2013, BEST IN FESTIVAL--Life Sciences Film Festival 2012, MERIT AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION--Montana Cine International Film Festival 2012
Stay after the film for facilitated discussion with Triton faculty. John Tandarich, an earth science and geology instructor, will address soil science. Bob Newton, sustainable agriculture technical program manager will speak about sustainable food systems.
This documentary explores elaborate relationships and mutuality among soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.
"From Billions to None"
Filmmakers David Mrazek with Joel Greenberg will be in attendance and will discuss their work with the audience after the screening.
TICKETS - Sunday, March 8, 11 am
Cook County Forest Preserve, Thatcher Pavilion, River Forest
"From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction" reveals the compelling story of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. For millennia, the sleek, long-distance flyer was the most abundant bird in North America and perhaps the world. This award-winning film beautifully depicts the bird and its history while pointing to exciting new developments in conservation today.
"Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper"
Filmmaker: Steve Ellington
TICKETS - Saturday, March 7, 3 PM - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, South Gallery
This short film will be presented as a part of an interactive program at the Nature Museum. Afterwards, there will be group discussion and a mini bee expo, including honey tastings and demos. Expo participants are: Jana Kinsman of Bike a Bee, Marcin Matelski of Gafield Park Conservatory, Joe Cavataio of Chicago Conservation Corps and Garfield Park Conservatory, Thad Smith and John Hansen of West Side Bee Boyz, and Leah Holloway of Heller Nature Center in Highland Park.
"Virunga" (2014) 97 Minutes
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel Executive Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio
2015 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE--Best Documentary Feature One Earth Film Festival Rating: 15+, Contains Heavy Themes
TICKETS - Saturday, March 7, 3 PM - Northwestern University, Fisk Hall Room 217 1845 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208
A powerful combination of investigative journalism and nature documentary, Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world has forgotten and a gripping expose of the realities of life in the Congo.
In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers - including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a dedicated conservationist who’s a member of the Belgian royal family - protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect, with the filmmakers and the film’s participants caught in the crossfire.
Jim Verzino will lead a post-film reflective discussion with the audience. Jim is a social entrepreneur and thought leader in quality and sustainability. His company is Inspired Business.
"Edible City" (2012) 55 minutes
Filmmaker: Andrew Hasse
One Earth Film Festival Rating: 15+
Edible City is a documentary film that introduces a diverse cast of extraordinary characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system. The film digs deep into their unique perspectives and transformative work, finding inspirational, grass-roots solutions based on growing local food systems and economies.
THERE WILL BE THREE SCREENINGS:
TICKETS - Saturday, March 7, 3 PM -- ICA, Bonhoeffer Rm., 6th Flr., 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL
Post-film panel discussion with local good food activists and organizations, including the Animalia Project.
Post-film discussion with Seamus Ford of Root Riot Urban Garden Network and Marnie Ware of Prosser Community Garden.
View & Brew will include special food tastings with Sugar Beet Co-Op
Post-film discussion with Vice President and Co-Founder of the Resiliency Institute Michelle Hickey, Chicago State University Geography Professor and Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council Board member Dr. Daniel Block, Urban Till Executive Manager Andy Kaczkowski, and Hazzard Free Farm Owner Andrea (Andy) Hazzard.
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