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.
The global denim industry is multi-billion-dollar one, employing a massive low-wage workforce, selling its products under a handful of well-recognized brands. And it is taking a toll on vital waterways. The pollution spewed by the production of jeans is what the narrator in “River Blue” calls the “dark side of the fashion industry.”