Cinema Verde Hosting Community Potluck To Honor Local Farmers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The third-annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival invites local farmers and the Gainesville community to join us for a sustainable potluck dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 28th at Villa East, 301 N. Main St.

Local farmers who would like to attend are encouraged to RSVP with director Trish Riley at before Tuesday. They will be VIP guests and receive free admission to the festival for the night. Community members are invited to come celebrate the work our local farmers do by bringing in a dish made with locally grown products to share in the potluck.

“This way we can show our farmers the unique dishes we make with the bounty they provide for us,” Riley said.

The potluck will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of Tuesday’s overall theme about food issues. All films and events throughout the day will highlight the importance of local sustainable and organic foods. Tuesday’s festivities are sponsored by the Alachua County Sustainability Office.

A special short film about Gainesville’s own local farmers’ market will be featured during the event on Tuesday. Several other international films and documentaries about food sustainability issues will also be shown throughout the evening.

Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. The film showcases the rapid – and at times comedic – evolution of three people who share a journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world.

Planeat features the life-long searches of three doctors for a healthy and environmentally beneficial diet. The film showcases their groundbreaking research in the areas of exploring the link between diet and disease, the use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones.

Mad City Chickens brings to light the benefits and misconceptions about growing one’s own food in an urban setting. Author and director Christine Heinrichs will be attending the festival and will engage in thought-provoking discussions with the audience about these issues.

Fish Meat: Choose Your Farm Wisely – If you are interested in where your food comes from, ocean sustainability, or the future of seafood, you won’t want to miss this special event! Our hunger for seafood grows and grows…the age of fish meat is here. The seas are running out of wild fish, and today half our seafood is farmed. What exactly is farmed fish? Where does it come from, and how is it made? Two friends, a fish scientist and an environmental engineer, take a voyage along the sparkling coast of Turkey to pull back the cover on modern fish farming. Along the way they discover the tragedy of Bluefin Tuna ranching…ponds and cages full of trout and sea bass…and high in the mountains, the joy of common carp.

Cinema Verde, an ongoing effort to promote environmental awareness and sustainable solutions, will be held at Villa East, 301 N. Main St., from Feb. 24 to March 2. Tuesday’s potluck is just one of many exciting events that will be held during the festival. Other events include the Eco-Art Walk, Eco Fair, “Vintage Verde” recycled fashion show and 27 international environmental films and documentaries.

CINEMA VERDE’S IMPACT – Cinema Verde is an environmental film and arts festival focused on the promotion of sustainability and green living. The third-annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival is a production of The organization’s mission is to showcase natural resources, workshops and other educational activities for community organizations, local businesses and citizens in order to create sustainable solutions for the future.