Inspiring passion for the environment through science and art
GAINESVILLE, Florida — Cinema Verde is preparing its 11th annual International Film Festival in Gainesville, Florida. This four-day festivity, held from the 13th to the 16th of February, is a unique opportunity for audiences to learn about environmental issues and for any business or organization to display their commitment to sustainable practices and community support.
The Film Festival is held on Valentine’s Day weekend to emphasize love for the Earth and to catch the abundance of eco-tourists who travel to Florida during the winter. Over the last 10 years, Cinema Verde has gained international acclaim for its dedication to environmental education and for opening a discussion about sustainable living. Cinema Verde provides a platform for international filmmakers, artists, businesses and organizations to communicate their sustainable efforts through film presentations, art galleries and workshops.
With 19 hours worth of film, 46 videos from 12 different countries will be shown. Cinema Verde will open its doors on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. with a VIP Opening Night Reception at 7 p.m., with films ending at 10 p.m. Friday films will run from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets will be $10 per two-hour block. VIP All Access Passes are $100, Saturday and Sunday Passes are $25. Each film block will end with a 15-20 minute discussion session on the films shown, including any attending directors who can then continue the conversations outside the theater.
There will be EcoArt displayed throughout the Heartwood Theater and there is plenty of room for environmental organizations and sustainable businesses to display as well. There will be food trucks on hand as well as beverages available.
Trish Riley, the Founding Director of Cinema Verde, is an environmental journalist and author and created the festival in 2010 to broaden the reach of environmental education to those who may be unlikely to read books or news on environmental topics. She curates films that not only explain environmental issues but also offer solutions.
“To truly protect the environment, we need a sustainable economy built on businesses and consumers who understand that all things are connected,” says Riley. “While our mission is to broaden the reach of environmental education, my goal is to get the attention of big business owners and shareholders, and to challenge them to step to the plate and make these things right - stop making plastic, stop poisoning people and the planet, let’s all work together to forge a sustainable future.”
As noted, one of her goals is to present films that inspire people to support and create sustainable businesses. Further, to capture the full range of issues that bear on sustainability and the environment, film topics range from A to Z: animals, climate, chemicals, economics, energy, food, happiness, nature, resources, waste, water, and zeroing in solutions. The festival truly presents something for everybody.