Filmmaker Susan Todd says “Backyard Wilderness” started in a personal way with her own family. “We were experiencing this life ourselves, being filmmakers and passionate conservationists. We grew up playing outside, in the woods, learning about nature first hand. That’s often not the way kids are learning these days. We thought we could use our own experiences about what was happening outside our own house.”
Sip New Belgium beer and enjoy local bites as you connect with local cycling and active transit partners at “Why We Cycle,” 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Patagonia Chicago, 48 E. Walton St.
After the film, directors Gertjan Hulster and Arne Gielen will share their story and answer your questions. Seamus Ford, Root Riot Urban Garden Network and longtime bicycle commuter and advocate, will facilitate the discussion.
Then hustle over to Timothy O’Tooles for an After Party -- and no worries, the beer is on the house, courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Company.
Slater Jewell-Kemker is unstoppable. For 10 years, the 25 year-old filmmaker traveled the globe, chronicling the vibrant, untold story of the global youth climate movement. Her film, “Youth Unstoppable,” is making its Chicago-area premiere at the 2019 One Earth Film Fest, and we had the chance to catch up with her to talk about the film, how she got started, and what kept her going.
You have a few more opportunities to see “RiverBlue,” a film exploring how our fashion choices impact the rivers and communities where they are made. This compelling film was screened at Loyola University Chicago on February 20, to great acclaim. After the film, director Roger Williams did a video Q&A with the audience. You can see it here.
The One Earth audience experience often flows like this: watch the film, absorb and digest, discuss, and identify an environmental action you can take. There is a reason for setting up screenings in this way. We want audience members to leave with something they didn’t have when they arrived, be it fresh information, a deeper understanding, a new connection, or a pledge that will set them on a course of action for the planet.