Cinema Verde: Feb. 12 – 15, 2015

* Cinema Verde Sixth Annual Environmental Film and Arts Festival will be held Feb. 12 – 15, 2015 !!!

* Submit your Environmental Films for Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival 2015!

* Next Green Drinks Meets Cinema Verde will be held in SEPTEMBER, 2015. Stay tuned for details and have a fabulous summer!

Green Drinks and Cinema Verde Present: “Terms and Conditions May Apply”

terms and conditions may apply

Terms and Conditions May Apply

THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 26, at The Jam Gainesville, 817 W. University Ave., 32601
Directed by Cullen Hoback
Length: 79 minutes

“Why should you care about privacy if you’re not doing anything “wrong”? Privacy is important, even if you think you have nothing to hide. It is the basis of free speech and a core value of all Americans.

People should have the right to draw their curtains or keep their email private. Corporations and the government should not be allowed to monitor our conversations and collect our financial, health and personal information. In a world with no privacy, people’s data gets mined and sold by companies. In a world with no privacy, law abiding citizens become suspects of the government. In a world with no privacy, low-income people face economic discrimination and advocates for free speech get their emails wiretapped.”

Watch the Trailer: Terms and Conditions May Apply

Join us for the screening THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 26, at The Jam Gainesville, 817 W. University Ave., 32601

Delicious Italian food from Romano’s Macaroni Grill will be served for all to enjoy during the green networking!

Sustainable networking, food, and cash bar, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Announcements, 7:30 p.m.
Film, 8:00 p.m. (We hope to show the film outside in the big backyard of the Jam, so we need to wait until it is dark enough. IF IT IS RAINING OR TOO HOT TO ENJOY BEING OUTSIDE, WE WILL SHOW THE FILM EARLIER AT 7:30 p.m.)
Discussion following the film on How You Can Protect Your Internet Privacy

Tickets for dinner and a movie: $10 Seniors/Students; $12 General Admission

Bring your class! Bring your friends! Bring your employees!

Buy 10 or more tickets: $2 discount
Buy 25 or more tickets: $3 discount
Sierra Club members: $2 discount
Buy them as gifts or as a discounted deal for employees, customer, members, friends!

Buy Tickets:

Do you have a sustainable business? Our audiences would like to do business with you! If your business or organization would like to sponsor this event by underwriting tickets for the group of your choice, please contact Trish Riley: 352-327-3560

Green Drinks Meets Cinema Verde Thursday

GreenDrinks meets Cinema Verde Presents: Do the Math 
The Jam Gainesville on: May 29!
Delicious Italian food from Romano’s Macaroni Grill will be served 

The Jam Gainesville, 817 W. University Ave., 32601

Sustainable networking and cash bar, 6-8 p.m.
Discussion following the film with Bob Tancig of Citizen’s Climate Lobby

  Tickets: $10 Seniors/Students; $12 General Admission

Florida Film Festival Rocks!

imageFinally made it to Florida Film Festival in Orlando…ten days, 170 films at three theaters in Maitland, just north of Winter Park and the metropolis of Orlando. Just saw Ida at the lovely Enzian Theater. The beautifully shot, compelling film follows a young Jewish girl contemplating joining a convent, but not before embarking on a journey to find her roots and explore life outside the convent where she was raised in bleak Poland.

It’s wonderful to see crowds of film goers clustered around the lovely grounds and Eden Bar here…23 years, supportive sponsors and dedicated audiences are clearly a formula for success. The Enzian, a dinner theater with tables and couches in addition to festival seating provides a perfect venue for the festival, too.

Tonight’s features include a Filmmaker Welcome Party (invitation only) and  a series of enticing shorts titled Love. Tomorrow’s big highlights are a chat with Susan Sarandon following a screening of Deadman Walking (standing room only) and and Industry Party. It’s not too late to catch three more days and nights of films and parties…come check it out:



evergladesAs oil production goes, Florida isn’t much of a player. The state produced less than 2 million barrels last year, which is how much oil   Texas pumps from its wells each day.

That’s about to change as the revolution in oil drilling technology comes to Florida.

A Texas company has already received permission from the state to drill an exploratory well on the land. The Dan A. Hughes Co. is now seeking permission for an injection well that would accommodate the millions of gallons of toxic brine produced in the drilling process.

Read more: Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida’s Everglades : NPR.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FRACKING IN FLORIDA at a screening of Groundswell Rising featuring a discussion with executive producer Mark Lichty, presented by Green Drinks Meets Cinema Verde with the St. Johns – Suwanee Sierra Club, 6 p.m. April 16 at 716 N. Main St., in downtown Gainesville, Florida. Click here for more info:

Music at Cinema Verde

WoveninbandThe 5th annual Cinema Verde Film and Arts Festival is underway,
and the fantastic films and wonderful company aren’t the only draw!

There are a bevy of musicians coming to perform that you won’t want to miss! Here’s the schedule, along with links to band sites.

Saturday, February 15th
6:15pm – Dale Crider
7:30pm – The Mustachios
9:00pm – Woven In
Sunday, February 16th
2:15pm – Lil Miss Florida T H
3: 30pm: Jim Wurster
4:45pm – George Kaye
6:00pm – Adam and I

The Paw Project by Jennifer Conrad

pawScreening: Saturday, February 15th @ 1:05 pm

The Paw Project documentary is an inspiring David and Goliath story of a grassroots movement to protect felines, both large and small, from the cruelty of declawing and how the movement has prevailed, despite the efforts of well-funded professional veterinary associations. In the United States today, approximately 25% of domesticated cats are declawed. Declawing is the amputation of the last bone in a cat’s toes. Despite the physical and behavioral harm inflicted on cats who are declawed, many veterinarians continue to recommend the procedure, which costs upwards of $1,200. per hour – even for very young kittens.

These are animals we love, and with whom we share our homes. Why aren’t we being told the truth about what the declawing procedure involves? The Paw Project chronicles the happy and unexpected twist of fate that led to the protection of many animals through the grassroots advocacy efforts led by Dr. Conrad and The Paw Project.

Highlights Cinema Verde

Come Join Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival for
Films, Music, Camaraderie and Fun
Feb. 13-16!

Thursday Feb 13 the fifth annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival will open at the beautiful and newly renovated Gainesville Depot Station. It’s exciting to host the first major event in this lovely space and we hope that many members of our community will join us Feb. 13 – 16 to celebrate nature and strategize together to maintain and protect our lush, beautiful environment. Valentine’s Day is a perfect reminder to love our planet, each other and all living creatures.

Each day Cinema Verde will have live music, food trucks and a beer garden so you can learn, relax, and have the chance to discuss the issues and work together toward solutions that hopefully will lead to a healthier future for all.

Film submissions were received from all over the world; we’ll screen high school and college level work, as well as amateur and professional films. It was hard to narrow the field down to the four-day viewing time available, so we’ve got a fully packed schedule.

In all, 1,152 musical acts from all over the southeast applied to play after a call was put out on ReverbNation, an online platform that connects musicians with fans and opportunities where they can meet up together. We’ve selected a handful of bands – please come enjoy the variety of music!

Thursday February 13 we’ll host our Opening Night party to thank the many collaborators, interns, sponsors and in kind donors that made this event possible. The party will feature Cathy DeWitt, a very talented local musician and Director Mark Kitchell, creator of Fierce Green Fire, a beautiful film documenting the history of the environmental movement and its leaders.  Mr Kitchell will be joining us in person – please join us to help show our appreciation to him and his team for making this most amazing insightful film!

Saturday February 15 we’ll have an EcoFair showcasing  local sustainable businesses, as well as environmentally themed artwork from  Howard Bishop Middle School students and a handful of local artists, as well as several films that focus on how we humans treat our fellow animals, including Who’s Afraid of the Cape Cod Bear,followed by a chat with Director Maryanne Galvin and Mr. Walter McCown, black bear biologist, FL Fish & Wildlife, and The Paw Project, which questions the practice of declawing cats.

Saturday will also feature a candidates forum, where the audience will have chance to to get to know several of the candidates running for Gainesville  City Commission.

Sunday February 16 will take a look at food and its impact on our health and economy with GMO OMGFarm to Table, followed by Honor Our Farmers Potluck Dinner – a chance for you to bring a dish created from our local harvests to thank our area farmers for providing such bounty.

Cinema Verde would not be possible without the amazing support we receive from our community and dozens ofdedicated volunteers. Please help us thank them all by gathering your friends to come share the love of nature with us this Valentine’s Day weekend. Thank you!

Trish Riley – Director Cinema Verde – trish

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For Immediate Release

February 6, 2014

Gainesville Loves Mountains & Cinema Verde announce City Commission Candidate Forum

On Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Gainesville Loves Mountains, in collaboration with Cinema Verde, will host a forum for candidates in the upcoming City Commission election. The forum will be held at the Depot Station, 201 SE Depot Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. Members of the public and media outlets are encouraged to attend to learn more about the candidates’ positions on energy and sustainability issues.

Eight of ten candidates in the election have confirmed their attendance at the forum. The forum will be structured so that candidates from one district do not need to stay for the entire time, although they are welcome to do so. The schedule is as follows:

5:30-6pm: District 2
6-7pm: At-large
7-7:30pm: District 3

Gainesville Loves Mountains (GLM) is committed to minimizing the impacts of coal consumption on Appalachia, working in partnership with communities to end mountaintop removal coal mining and create a prosperous economy and sustainable future for the region and its people. GLM is currently pursuing local policies that will help our community achieve significant energy savings while also strengthening our economy. Cinema Verde provides environmental education through film and the arts, bringing community organizations, businesses, and citizens together to forge sustainable solutions for our future.


Jason Fults, Gainesville Loves Mountains,

Trish Riley, Cinema Verde,

A Cinema Verde media kit is available at:

Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Amy Browne highlight the fifth annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival

Nationally recognized environmental activists and film industry professionals will be participating in the fifth annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival, located at the historic Gainesville Depot Station, 201 SE Depot Ave., just south of downtown Gainesville, Florida 32601.

With 30-plus films from around the world, the festival will be held February 13 – 16, 2014. Two film screens will be set up at the Depot Station to run films simultaneously with skyping sessions set up following several of the films as well.

Films of environmental significance include The Human Experiment, produced by Sean Penn, A Fierce Green Fire,narrated by Robert Redford, and A Will for the Woods, co-directed by Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan and Tony Hale.

Audiences will occupy the festival for four days of contemporary films, while enjoying food trucks, drinks, live music and daily festival activities.  Cinema Verde Director Trish Riley is very excited about this fifth annual festival because she sees the community behind the event more than ever before. “It’s thrilling for me to see how many local citizens and organizations are getting involved with the festival,” says Riley. “We’re a part of the community and we’re here to stay.”

Film producer and environmental activist Sean Penn is a well-known actor who is also concerned about what is happening around the world. He not only fights for the environment, but he also participates in sustainable issues internationally. The Human Experiment  will be screened at Cinema Verde on opening night, and directors Dana Nachman and Don Hardy will join audiences to kick off this Florida premier of the film.

Sundance film festival founder Robert Redford narrates A Fierce Green Fire, describes the history of the environmental movement. Director Mark Kitchell will attend the screening to discuss the film with audiences.

Producer/co-director Amy Browne will present A Will for the Woods, a documentary about the emerging green burial movement. Browne and co-directors Tony Hale and Jeremy Kaplan will join us at the festival via skype to talk about the film and the environmental impact of death.

“The fifth annual Cinema Verde is sure to be memorable in the beautiful old Depot Station, films, music and fun happening non-stop for four days,” said Riley.

For schedule, tickets and more information, please visit


The festival features more than 30 films on topics including: Food, water, waste, energy, animals, sustainable life, business and government. Film selections include: GMO OMG, The Atomic States of America, Cape Spin!, Scott Camil Will Not Die, Terms and Conditions May Apply, A Will for the Woods, The Wisdom to Survive, and The Paw Project and so many more…

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014: Opening Night VIP Reception.
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 Valentine’s Day Party
Saturday, Feb. 15: Eco Fair and Green Car Expo. Daytime EcoTours.
Sunday, Feb. 16: Morning Eco Tours, Closing Night Awards Ceremony and Wrap Party

Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival

Tickets: $10 Seniors/Students; $12 General Admission

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The 5th Annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival 
will be held on 
Feb 13-16, 2014 at the newly renovated Depot Station
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Thank you to all of our Sponsors!


Citizen’s Climate Lobby
Coastal Heritage Fund
Go Green Nation

Solar Impact
Visit Gainesville
Burkhardt Sales and Service
Artwalk Gainesville
GLOB Gator Lunch Out Blog
Romano’s Macaroni Grill 

Citizen’s Climate Lobby


If your business or organization would like to sponsor this event by underwriting tickets for the group of your choice,
please contact Trish Riley: 352-327-3560

Trish Riley, Director: Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival   *   352.327.3560   *   *

Cinema Verde is a Florida not-for-profit corporation designated as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the IRS:
Contributions are tax deductible. FL #CH33749. Thank you for your support!

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet by Mark Kitchell

AFierceGreenFire_PosterScreening: Thursday, February 13th @ 5:30 pm

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.


Reactor by Ian MacKenzie

reactorScreening: Sunday, February 16th @ 9:54 pm

Yogi, Buddhist teacher and activist Michael Stone arrives on a pilgrimage to Japan, in the wake of the tsunami and Fukushima meltdown. Reactor is a short film project that aims to uncover how and why we can let go of our old stories, and move towards personal and social awakening