Earth day mini film festival April 2019

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For Earth Day week in 2019 (April 22 through 27th), we invited organizations to participate in One Earth Film Fest’s Earth Day mini film festival with the City of Chicago.

With the most recent United Nations IPCC report, the US’s most recent Climate Report, climate-related extreme weather affecting more and more of us and our families and neighbors — and the opportunity to build a safer and more resilient future — it’s a critical time to gather in community to discuss solutions and to take action to stop (and even reverse) the effects of global warming.

Screening Schedule

Check out the list of screenings below, hosted by community partners throughout the Chicago region. You can expect engaging films and good conversations afterward that can help you identify next steps, actions and projects. Please register using the links below, and inquire about volunteering.

Fisher Stevens/2016/93 min/Climate Change

FILM DESCRIPTION: If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

Before the Flood

MONDAY, APRIL 22
6:45 to 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Wellington Ave. United Church of Christ
615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago
Register: chicagogunn@netscape.net

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
7 to 9:30 p.m.
Euclid Ave. United Methodist Church
405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park
Register: richard.alton@gmail.com

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
3:45 to 5:30 p.m.
Proviso East High School
807 1st Ave., Maywood
Social Room
Register: beachchairscientist@gmail.com

SATURDAY, APRIL 27
5 to 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Jackson Park Fieldhouse
6401 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago
Register: reserve free tickets
To volunteer: go here
To see full program details: go her


James Redford/2017/71 min/Energy

FILM DESCRIPTION: Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while James’ discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, “Happening” explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.

Happening

MONDAY, APRIL 22
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago
6511 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago
Arrive at 5:30 p.m. to TEST DRIVE A TESLA!
Register: reserve free tickets
To volunteer: go here
To see full program details: go here

MONDAY, APRIL 22
7 to 9 p.m.
Euclid United Methodist Church
405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park
Register: reserve free tickets

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Nuclear Energy Information Service
3411 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago
Register: neis@neis.org


Matt Wechsler/2016/52 min/Food-Agriculture

FILM DESCRIPTION: A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations. The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer who transforms his land and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

Sustainable

MONDAY, APRIL 22
6 p.m.
Miller Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
514 University Parkway, University Park
Register: cdhayes8975@aol.com

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
William Beye Elementary School
230 N. Cuyler Ave., Oak Park
Register: reserve free tickets

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
7 p.m.
Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church
9401 S. Oakley, Chicago
Register: meyerhm@aol.com

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
7 p.m.
Highland Park Library
494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park
Register: gghpinfo@gmail.com

FRIDAY, APRIL 26
6 p.m.
Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, Ind.
Register: carync@lakecountyparks.com

FRIDAY, APRIL 26
7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva
102 S. 2nd St. Geneva
Register: 222koehl@gmail.com

SATURDAY, APRIL 27
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Meet filmmaker MATT WECHSLER!
Register: reserve free tickets
To volunteer: go here
To see full program details: go here

SATURDAY, APRIL 27
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Geneva Public Library
127 James St., Geneva
Register: amy@farmerchefalliance.org


Four environmental films by youth.

“Young people are worried about the kind of planet our generation will leave them,” says Sue Crothers, One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest Founding Director. “Their concerns are clearly articulated in this year’s submissions. With winning films addressing topics from food waste to plastic waste, fast fashion to forest and animal habitat degradation, young people are sounding the alarm!”

In recognition of Earth Day, One Earth Film Festival will highlight 10 Young Filmmakers Contest honorable mention films.

Young Filmmakers Screenings

SATURDAY, APRIL 27
2 to 4 p.m.
River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop, River Forest
Register: reserve free ticket
To volunteer: go here
Link to pdf flier: go here
To see full program details: go here

The 10 short films to be screened are:

“What a Waste!”
by Lily Kleps (8 min.)
3rd grade, Lincoln Elementary School
River Forest, Ill.

“Our Water Crisis”
by Tori Robinson-Thomas (4 min.)
6th grade, Grace Lutheran School
River Forest, Ill.

“Drowning in Plastic”
by Maiana Nelson (8 min.)
7th grade, L.J. Hauser Junior High School Riverside, Ill.

“Estelle’s Story”
by Kendall Dirks (8 min.)
10th grade, York High School
Elmhurst, Ill.

“Race to Stop E-Waste”
by Nicole Tanaka (4 min.)
11th grade, Gabrielino High School
San Gabriel, Calif.

“Insecticides and the Environment”
by Jacqueline Sepulveda (5 min.)
12th grade, Maine West High School
Des Plaines, Ill.

“Crime of Fashion”
by Joanne Ha and Sarina Matson (7 min.)
Made last year while seniors at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md. They are now freshmen at Boston University and Cornell University, respectively.

“Sincerely Corpus”
by Cara DeGaish (3 min.)
12th grade, Gregory Portland High School
Portland, Texas.

“Waste”
by Amanda Conyers Godreau (1 min.)
Freshman at Ringling College of Art and Design Sarasota, Fla.

“The Green Burger Challenge”
by Adam Joel (3 min.)
2018 graduate of Northwestern University Evanston, Ill.