Festival opens eyes, hearts and minds
By Lynn Dirk, GLOB Content Editor
All of us love good stories well told. As I like to say: They open our eyes, our hearts, and our minds. I think the love of stories accounts for the popularity of programs like This American Life and TED.com.
Cinema Verde brings very special stories to us beginning today, not only through the films, but also, for some of the films, through visits by the directors to our community. Directors are essentially storytellers, and they come to share their experiences, hear our stories, answer our questions, and ask us questions, by which we become a part of each others' story.
This year, Cinema Verde is bringing us the following directors:
Fierce Green Fire - Mark Kitchell will discuss his experiences in creating this beautifully made history of the environmental movement and its leaders. Kitchell, who also directed the Oscar-nominated Berkeley in the Sixties (1990) focuses on the passionate voices behind the issues of dam building, forest felling, water pollution, whale slaughter, and climate change. His film is an indispensable primer for anyone unfamiliar with the breadth of the global environmental movement.
The Human Experiment - Dana Nachman and Don Hardy will join us -- via Skype – to discuss the dangers of chemical contamination of air, water and soil that are exposed in this film, which was produced by Sean Penn. Ms. Nachman has won numerous prizes including 3 Emmy Awards, The Edward R Murrow Award, and The Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival. She has received more than a dozen grants for her work including grants from the Tribeca Institute, Fledgling Fund and the Pacific Pioneer Fund.
Who's Afraid of the Cape Cod Bear - Director Maryanne Galvin will be accompanied by a black bear biologist from Florida Fish & Wildlife, Mr. Walter McCown. Galvin has won awards at film festivals in the USA and abroad for films that have been broadcast and distributed widely. Galvin has also written, directed, and produced three educational training videos for mental health and law enforcement professionals. A filmmaker, forensic psychologist, educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Galvin uses her background in psychology/behavioral science and creative writing to inform her visual story telling.
It's great to have these directors come and share with us. In the end, however, it is the Cinema Verde films that tell their stories, and the stories cover many themes: food, chemical contamination, energy, climate change, sustainability, animals, and, last but not least – what to do with all our garbage.
If you love a good story – and who doesn't? – come to as many of the films as possible. You won't be disappointed. In fact, you will be inspired.