One Earth Film Festival announced “This Is the Moment” as its 2018 theme and the release of its seventh annual schedule. Running March 2-‐11, the festival will screen films throughout the Chicago metropolitan region.
“This is the Moment” underscores the importance of awareness and timely action as the effects of climate change intensify across the planet. As part of its programs, One Earth Film Festival will encourage attendees to support or sign up for concrete actions they can take to ensure a healthy planet for future generations. Festival programs will offer multiple solution‐based opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.
“Films tell us stories about our times and who we are,” festival director Ana Garcia Doyle said. “At the festival’s core is the mission to share stories not only about environmental challenges but also the inspiring stories of human resilience and creativity in confronting them. We see this is as a clear moment to step up in a real and loving way to commit ourselves to being stewards of our one and only Earth.”
One Earth Film Festival continues to bring high quality documentaries and solution-oriented programs to its audiences. This year’s festival in Lake County will present film schedule is as follows:
- Tue, Mar 6, 7-9 pm, Gorton Community Center, 400 E Illinois Rd, Lake Forest, Tickets $7: “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution”
- Wed, Mar 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, College of Lake County, A-Wing, 19351 W Washington St, Grayslake: “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”
- Fri, Mar 9, 6:30-9:00 pm, College of Lake County, A-Wing, 19351 W Washington St, Grayslake: “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution”
- Sat, Mar 10, 10am-12pm, Warren Township High School, Black Box Theater, 34090 Almond Rd, Gurnee
- Sat, Mar 10, 2-4:30 pm, Waukegan Public Library, Ray Bradbury Rm, 128 N County St, Waukegan: “Dolores”
A complete schedule of Lake County films, along with links to trailers and detailed venue locations is available at www.oneearthfilmfest.org/lake-county-films-2018.
Highlights for this year’s film schedule include . . .
- Filmmaker, Linda Booker, maker of STRAWS, will be present at Prairie Crossing Charter School, on March 3, at 2:00pm, to talk about her reasons for making the film and the campaigns in the Great Lakes area that are promoting dramatically reduced use of single-use plastic straws to protect aquatic creatures and reduce plastic waste in our lakes and oceans.
- One of our new venues, St Joseph Catholic Church will feature 2 short films that highlight the importance of regenerative local agriculture that builds healthy soil and produces healthy food using non-toxic methods that work in harmony with nature. Local farmers will be present to share ways that area residents can be support this important work.
- The Chicago area premiere of Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, a film produced by Jamie Redford, son of Robert Redford, featuring the development of clean energy technologies, including solar and wind, will be shown both at The Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest on March 6, and at College of Lake County on March 10. Solar developers will be on hand to share information about what’s happening locally.
- Reduced food waste has been identified as the 3rd most effective way to reverse climate change in research published in 2017 in DRAWDOWN: The Most Comprehensive Plan ever proposed to Reverse Global Warming. This is the subject of the film showing on March 7, at College of Lake County, of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, which features celebrity chefs as they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.
- A first for the film fest this year will be a film event which is being planned by and designed especially for high school students. Students at Warren Township High School selected the films and planned this event which willl be held on Saturday, March 10. Featured at this showing are “Kokota, Islet of Hope,” which demonstrates how “our ability to adapt is only limited by our ability to learn.” and “Kid Warrior: the Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Story.”
- The final showing in this year’s line-up for Lake County will be “Dolores” an award-winning film featuring the story of Dolores Huerta, co-founder along with Cesar Chavez of the National Farm Workers Association. The showing of Dolores will be held on Saturday, March 10 at the Waukegan Library and will offer a bilingual program facilitated by Gabriela Rodil, strategy consultant and co-author of Today’s Inspired Latina (Vol 1).
Submitted by One Earth Festival