Wine Tasting Saturday to Open Cinema Verde Season!

Green Drinks Meets Cinema Verde will be co-hosting a variety of events and films in the next few months. As we build up to our annual festival in February, these opportunities will help to generate funds needed for venues and to bring in filmmakers. Be sure to watch our emails for event details and dates!


SATURDAY, September 27, 2014

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We will have a grill going if you’d like to bring something to throw on the coals…

See you soon!

Previous Festival Winner, Matthew J. Evans, Receives Art of Making Peace Award

Matthew Evans at Peace in the Streets FestivalCinema Verde would like to extend a big congratulations to filmmaker Matthew Evans on receiving the PeaceMaker Corps Association’s Art of Making Peace Award! This prestigious award was given to Evans for his short film, A Quest for Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions, which features personal interviews with Arun Gandhi, a grandson to Mahatma Gandhi. He was presented the award at the Peace in the Streets Film Festival on September 11.

Evans’ film was featured at CV’s 2013 Film & Arts Festival, being named the Best High School Film winner. Below is a link to his interview with the Huffington Post.

Teenage Filmmaker Matthew J. Evans Wins Prestigious Art of Making Peace Award

Michael Moore’s Tips to Doc Filmmakers

Toronto International Film FestivalFilmmaker Michael Moore wants to help the documentary industry by offering a few pointers to those who have struggled to draw the crowds. First, he wants you to remove the word ‘documentarian’ from your vocabulary, declaring “we are filmmakers.”

According to the news website RealScreen, Moore’s speech at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival included 13 tips for documentary filmmakers on how to create “theater-oriented” films.

For Moore’s 13-point manifesto and the original article by Manori Ravindran, visit the link.

Michael Moore presents 13-point doc manifesto

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.