It’s hard to believe but Cinema Verde is just around the corner – it will be held Feb. 9 – 14 this year at Jolie, 6 W. University. I’ve got nine directors planning to come in and speak following their films, an EcoArtWalk Gallery exhibit opening during our VIP Reception Feb. 9 (6 – 7:30 p.m.), and EcoFair on opening weekend Feb. 9 – 10, and a Valentine’s Night Awards Ceremony and Wrap Party where we’ll celebrate our Love for the Planet and our neighbors. I hope you will be able to join us – especially at our VIP Reception. Our full schedule and film descriptions can be found at www.CinemaVerde.org.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Cinema Verde 2013 is at Jolie, 6 West University Avenue in downtown Gainesville.There is plenty of parking nearby: http://joliecatering.com/parking/
Highlights and Special Guests
Feb. 9 Celebrate Nature EcoFair Energy Day Presented by Solar Impact
Featuring a Green Vehicle Expo, the weekend days include booths with area organizations and businesses providing information about local sustainability initiatives. Films include La Huerta, about ancient urban farming in Spain, The Borders of Wilderness, a film about nearby Cumberland Island. Director Gabriella Garcia-Pardo will be in attendance from Washington D.C. In the Same Boat explores communities in economic transition. Holy Island and Fukushame offer two perspectives on nuclear power from Japan.
VIP Opening Night Reception and EcoArt Gallery Opening Join us in celebrating the fourth year of Cinema Verde and enjoy the beautiful nature-themed artwork of some of our area’s most accomplished artists – Tickets are free for VIP Pass holders, $25 for non-pass holders.
Then join us for our Opening Night film, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, presented by the Dharma Endowment Foundation, followed by our Opening Night Party featuring music by contemporary band Morning Fatty. Let’s celebrate!
Feb. 10 Celebrate Nature EcoFair: Animals
How well do you know bats? Come meet a few residents at the Lubee Bat Conservancy who will be visiting our EcoFair at Jolie on Sunday and watch the film Night Stalkers, about bats in the tropics. Several films of the day focus on the various plights of animals around the world, including the short Scars of Freedom by Celine Cousteau who is carrying on her grandfather Jacques Cousteau’s mission to learn about and protect creatures of the sea.
Parents and teachers: Consider an alternative approach to education featured in School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten. Director Lisa Molomot will be on hand to share her experiences with kids who call a day in the woods “school.” PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS VERY INTERESTING FILM TO THE PARENTS AND TEACHERS WHO WOULD BE MOST INTERESTED IN THIS LOVELY APPROACH TO EDUCATION! THANKS!
Next up is an inspiring tale of a renegade who works to return earth’s creatures to their natural habitats, We Are in the Field.
Also highlighted on Sunday is the plight of Pit Bulls and other dogs in our society. Please join us for a screening of Beyond the Myth, followed by a discussion led by passionate local Pit Bull advocate and Cinema Verde supporter, Gladys Cofrin, film director Libby Sherill and Kim Wolf, from Maddie’s Rescue program at the UF Vet school. There will be a few pups in attendance as well!
The discussion will be followed by a screening of the Sundance Award-winning film, A Fierce Green Fire, which provides an interesting historical overview of the environmental movement.
Feb. 11: Water Day
Cinema Verde will focus on the myriad water issues on Monday, beginning with From Waterway to Greenway, a film about the Rodman Dam debacle on the Ocklawaha River. Director Darren Preston Lane will be on hand to discuss the film along with Karen Ahlers, an environmental advocate who has been working for years to see the dam dismantled.
Next up is Himalayan Meltdown, a film from the United Nations Development Program about melting glaciers, and the implications for surrounding communities dependent on glaciers as their freshwater source – a pressing story worldwide.
One of the festival’s key events will be the premiere public presentation of the film We Are Water, created by Jill Heinerth, a world renowned cave diver based in High Springs. Jill will talk with audiences following her film, joined by local water experts Dr. Robert L. Knight, Director of the Florida Springs Institute and Karen Chadwick, Springs Protection Activist. Join us at 7 p.m. for the film and discussion, and plan to stick around for the final film of the evening, Elemental, a film about three environmental activists and their work for the planet – people perhaps like you? J
Feb. 12: Local Food Night Potluck
Everyone loves food – especially local organic fare. Each year, one of the most fun evenings at Cinema Verde is our night devoted to this favorite topic. We invite you to bring in a dish made from locally grown food so we can honor our local farmers by showing them what we can do with the fruits of their labor, and to thank them for their efforts. This year the evening will also include food demonstrations by Blue Oven Kitchen and Slow Food Gainesville, plus a panel of local food experts organized by Alachua County Sustainability Program as part of Local Food Week. Admission to the film Grow, about young farmers in the southeast, has been covered by the Sustainability Program so it’s free for everyone – besides, you’re bringing the food, right?
Please plan to stay with us as the evening continues with a very special film, Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, featuring a ranch in Jacksonville whose owner, Matthew Raiford, will be attending. Director Dulanie Ellis will also be here from California. The pair will talk with audiences about the film, which details the many benefits experienced by war veterans who have taken up farming to ease the effects of battle, including PTSD.
Feb. 13: Sustainable Business and Sustainable Government
We can’t have a sustainable planet without curbing the way we do business and manage our governments. The films selected for Thursday night address the environmental impact our profit-at-all-costs business model has on our communities, such as The Hidden Debt, which looks at the health and environmental costs of mining and other industries. Voices of Transition details the movement to bring communities back to a local, more sustainable model while You’ve Been Trumped examines the tactics of Donald Trump as he pushes a sprawling golf development on an unspoiled Scottish coastal town. Director Filippo Piscopo will be on hand to discuss his film, Coal Rush, which follows the members of a mountain village who file suit against a mining company for the health hazards associated with the business. The questions raised: Why are these poor, sick people expected to fight the rich and powerful polluters? Why can’t these businesses be expected to operate with integrity without being forced by litigation or regulations to do the right thing?
Wednesday ends with a celebration of local sustainable businesses by bringing back last year’s premier Vintage Verde, a fashion show featuring clothing from consignment shops and locally owned boutiques, all modeled by Cinema Verde’s fabulous interns and friends. Enjoy this fun party night with us!
Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day! Love the Planet, Love the Animals, Love Your Neighbors!
A sustainable future means sustainable communities and sustainable lives for everyone. We open our final day of films with Growthbusters, an entertaining look at urban sprawl and population. Then we take a sweet turn with Happy, a surprising look at the most important elements of a satisfying life. Next up is 1948 and Counting, an examination Costa Rica’s decision to disband its military in favor of healthcare and education for its citizens. Director Steve McGuire will be visiting us from California to discuss the film with our audiences.
Our final film is Radio Love, a fun film from Japan that follows the existential awakening of its protagonist as he discovers a more meaningful – and sustainable – life. The film will be followed by our Award Ceremony and Cinema Verde 2013 Wrap Party – please help us thank the many filmmakers, volunteers and sponsors who make Cinema Verde possible! And Thanks to You for joining us!
Full Schedule: schedule 2013
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