One Earth Film Festival on March 6-8


Earth Film Festival

One Earth Film Festival is back for its fourth season March 6-8, 2015. Over one inspiring weekend, the One Earth Film Festival screens dozens of  films and leads discussions that inform, entertain, and inspire opportunities to harness the power of human involvement for a better future.

One Earth Film Festival is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement. Taking place a multiple locations, the Festival showcases top-issue, thought-provoking environmental films, and leads audiences in interactive post-film discussions focused on solutions. One Earth Film Festival is a production of Green Community Connections.

One Earth Film Festival creates opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement through sustainability-themed films and facilitated discussion. The event engages private, public and non-profit sector community partners in the sponsorship and production of the film festival. The 2013 festival drew 2000 from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area to view 40 films in over 20 venues in one weekend.  In 2014, organizers expanded the reach of the festival throughout Chicago and into other near-West suburbs of Chicago to create “The Midwest’s Premier Environmental Film Festival.” Last year’s fest, beginning in mid-February with pre-Festival screenings, ran the weekend of March 7-9, 2014.  Over 2300 attendees viewed 38 screenings of 30 films in over 24 locations in Oak Park, River Forest, Berwyn and Chicago. This year’s festival promises to expand its reach, attendance and impact region-wide.

The mission of the One Earth Film Festival is that through sustainability-themed films and facilitated discussions, the group can educate, raise awareness, and inspire the adoption of solution-oriented sustainable actions. Its vision is to stimulate, energize and activate communities through deep involvement in the One Earth Film Festival, maximizing citizen reach and expanding the movement. Its goals are to create thought-provoking, transformative opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability, and the power of human involvement; pack an intensive education & awareness punch through rich film stories, interactive discussions, and experiences; “expand the movement” by attracting people not generally involved in or already committed to “green” activities; and for Oak Park/River Forest to become a regional leader in sustainability.

Green Community Connections is a deep-roots organization devoted to creating a sustainable future in the Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois area.  We work together to build a resilient, environmentally sustainable community locally, and we strive to be an environmental leader in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Its mission is to develop a deeper understanding of natural systems, build community, and inspire change that promotes sustainability at the family, organizational and public policy levels.

In addition to the One Earth Film Festival, another initiative of Green Community Connections is the Green Living & Learning Tour, which is a great opportunity for Oak Park and River Forest residents to share what they are doing to make their lives more sustainable with innovative green initiatives. Participants see first hand practical, everyday ways to apply ecological principles, as well as being able to ask questions of knowledgeable resource persons and homeowners. The Green Living & Learning Tour is planned for September. 

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