Count Down to 6 Days of CV Eco-Passion
By Lynn Dirk, Content Editor, GLOB Correspondent
GLOB correspondent Lynn Dirk, also a Cinema Verde Board Member, will be reporting on the progress of Gainesville's upcoming 4th Annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival. Each week leading up to the Festival, the Gainesville Lunch Out Blog will be posting "sneak peeks" at some if the films that will be shown. This week's sneak peaks are listed below after some general info about the Festival.
With titles like Fukushame, A Fierce Green Fire-The Battle for a Living Planet, and Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, plans for the 4th Annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival from February 9-14 are reeling along according to Cinema Verde Director, Trish Riley.
In the past 3 years, the films shown at Cinema Verde have been powerful and shocking, moving and compelling, enlightening and frightening, and yes, sometimes funny and sweet. The films are a welcome relief from bad news headlines and long complicated explanations in print. With personal stories, revealing images, and dynamic illustrations of causes and effects, these films open our eyes, our hearts, and our minds. Don't miss any of this year's 6 days of inspired, ecological passion.
"Selecting the films for the festival is just like writing a story," said Riley, "I want to share what I've learned with our audiences and make it an interesting, understandable story," Ms. Riley said.
Festival filmmakers range from award-winning professionals to college and high school students hailing from our back yard (Alachua County) to the far corners of the world: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, Spain, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. As a measure of the widening awareness of the Festival, Riley was selected as one of Gainesville's most interesting persons of 2012 by Insite magazine. Several local publications have chronicled the growing success of Cinema Verde, including the Gainesville Sun.
Ms. Riley (right) was pleased with the overseas film response for entries. "This year it's been especially interesting – we got several films from Japan and I've learned a lot about their culture and how similar we are."
Each day's films will focus on a different eco-theme: Saturday it will be energy, Sunday animals, Monday water and chemicals, Tuesday food, and Wednesday sustainable business. Last but not least, on Thursday, which is also Valentine's Day, the films will focus on peace and love.
All the films will be viewed at Jolie, a downtown events venue at 6 W. University Avenue. Single tickets as well as VIP Passes will be available at the door. VIP passes can be for either half the films or all of them. Seating is limited at the new venue, so get your pass as soon as possible by ordering online. Even if you aren't able to see all the films, getting a VIP Pass is a vote of support for Gainesville as well as the environment.
As the impact of Cinema Verde grows each year, 'Go Green' may become as synonymous with Gainesville as 'Go Gators'.
The complete schedule of show times and other events will be released soon. In the meantime, Save the dates -- Feb 9-14, and take a peek at a few of the films already selected:
> Fukushame: The Lost Japan - A journey both into the No Go Zone of Fukushima and into the feelings and beliefs of Japanese people after the 2012 tsunami and nuclear disaster. Alessandro Tesei succeeded in entering the forbidden area to film, and he interviewed common people, politicians, and scientists.
> A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle For a Living Planet -The first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, which has spanned 50 years -- from halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace's saving whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers' saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization. A chronology of vivid stories about people fighting -- and succeeding – against enormous odds.
> Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare - This examination of the perverse nature of American healthcare and the powerful forces opposing change has compelling stories of pioneering leaders and the patients they seek to help. The film is about saving the health of a nation.