Cinema Verde Countdown: Films for All Reasons
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" of some of the films that will be shown. This week's sneak peaks are at the end of this column.
Kudos to the Festival Director for a fantastic line up of 36 films and six days of eco-passion.
Plan to come to as many events and see as many films as you can because this is truly an opportunity to step into other worlds, meet other people, and consider new ideas that will show us how to appreciate -- in every sense of the word -- both our world and ourselves. As inhabitants of the world who are dependent on its resources and health, we can be a force for good that reshapes our own lives, our culture, and our economy and industries so that we do not act as our own worse enemy, but rather we work WITH the earth rather than against it.
Plan to see as many films as you can because . . .
-- You will be transported to far-away places by films such as:
> Himalayan Meltdown, which shows people adapting creatively to some of the first effects of climate change.
> Voices in Transition, in which people in the United Kingdom, France, and Cuba show and tell us how they have transformed monoculture deserts and neglected city lots into fields of living soil that will help us live and eat in a more fulfilling way, free of the oil dependency created by transporting food to places far from where it is grown.
> School's Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindgarten, in which children, 4 to 7 years old, in Zurich, Switzerland, go to kindergarten in the woods every day, no matter the weather. What is it that children of that age need? In the process of finding out, there is laughter, beauty and amazement.
> Radio Love, which is similar to "It's a Wonderful Life" but with a Japanese DJ and a twist of sustainability.
> Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, telling the stories of combat veterans restoring their lives through organic farming and ranching, which also restores health to their communities. America needs a million new farmers and veterans want the job!
-- You will be enlightened by insights in films such as:
> A Liter of Light, which shows the impact that a plastic bottle, some glue and a drop of bleach has on people living in dark and very challenging conditions in the Philippines.
> Las Semillas ('seeds'), a 4-minute short that examines the energy within each of us that enables us to be resilient and to affect other people, energy that can be channeled to re-create a healthy and prosperous earth.
> Happy, a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining powerful interviews with everyday people and with the leading scientists in happiness research, this film explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.
Cinema Verde Countdown Week 2 -- Sneak Peeks
> Symphony of the Soil. Filmed on four continents and featuring scientists and working farmers and ranchers, this film artistically explores the miraculous and elaborate relationship of soil to water, atmosphere, plants, animals, and humans. Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, soil is shown to be a key in ameliorating environmental challenges of our time. Despite human overuse and misuse of soil in agriculture and despite deforestation and development, there is still the possibility of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. Filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia was the first to examine the alarming and rapid increase of corporate domination over the food supply in 2004 with The Future of Food.
> Grow. Through the eyes, hearts and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic and fiercely independent young growers, this film introduces a new generation of sustainable farmers working 12 farms throughout Georgia through an entire growing season. Fed up with corporate America and its part in degrading our food system, young people borrow, rent or manage farmland in order to fulfill their dreams of making their lives more meaningful. The filmmakers say, "It all began because we like to eat. When we moved to Atlanta from Los Angeles in 2005, we had a hard time finding Farmers Markets where we could buy food fresh from the farms. Back then, there wasn't much demand for local food and not a lot of small, organic and sustainable growers. We teamed up with Georgia Organics, a great non-profit farmer advocate and offered to photograph farmers pro bono. We wanted to help make the farmers into rock stars and put a face on farming."