March 2016 Festival News
One Earth Film Fest: THIS WEEKEND!

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One Earth's Film "Racing Extinction" on the Red Carpet!

From the glamorous stars on the Red Carpet to the award's presentation extravaganza itself, the Oscars were Hollywood’s night to shine. But there was one documentary that we were proud to see among the nominations, "Racing Extinction." This groundbreaking documentary examines biodiversity loss, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a more sustainable future. Leonardo DiCaprio used his Best Actor platform to speak out about climate change during his acceptance speech, "Climate change is real,” he said. “It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating." Come see this important film at One Earth Film Festival Sat. March 5, 10 am at Classic Cinemas Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St, Oak Park (tickets $6) and Sat. March 5th, 7 pm at University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Chicago.

Read more about Racing Extinction and Leonardo DiCaprio's acceptance speech.


One Earth Brings Back Fan Favorites for the VERY First Time

In the USA, as much as 40 percent of the food that’s produced goes to waste. How do we solve our food waste and hunger issues at the same time? One Earth is honoring attendee requests in our Fifth Year, by bringing back fan favorites. "Just Eat It" is just one of 3 encore presentations! "Just Eat It” is a cleverly presented film that uncovers the world of rejected, ugly but otherwise delicious food that gets wasted at every level of the chain — from farm to retail to our own fridge. Be inspired once more to reduce food waste. Stay after for discussion with great panelists from Zero Percent and Lakeview Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served!

"Just Eat It" screens Sun. March 6, 3:30 pm at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago.

Read more about "Just Eat It" and two more encore presentations.


Chicagoans: Get ON Your Bikes!

Chicago is known for developing protected bike lanes within city limits. The city has more than 200 miles of on-street buffered and protected shared bike lanes. Are you one of the bikers who cycles the city's protected bike lanes? Would you like to be? Join One Earth Film Festival as we celebrate biking and alternative transportation, Sun. March 6, 3:30 pm for a view & brew screening of "Bikes vs. Cars" at Frontier Chicago, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. Learn about changes in transportation and Nissan's new Electric LEAF! "Bikes vs. Cars" looks at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.

Join Go Bronzeville before the screening for a community bike ride from the Bronzeville Community Garden to the screening. Ride from 51st and Calumet at 2 PM for a leisurely bike ride to Frontier Chicago. Rebecca Noble of Go Bronzeville says about biking, "What really hooks people is a fun form of transportation in a way that driving isn’t. Getting rid of the windshield world view and getting on a bike seat can change the way you see the city and the world.”

Read more about "Bikes vs Cars"


Join Us For the Fifth Annual Green Carpet Gala

This is the evening to be green in Chicago. The 5th Annual Green Carpet Gala is only two days away. Join us for the fun and excitement that goes with celebrating the opening of our festival's milestone year. It all takes place starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St, in downtown Chicago. Meet and mingle with creative leaders from the sustainability and filmmaking communities. Enjoy delicious bites and a full bar while we look back at One Earth's past accomplishments and what the festival holds this weekend. We want to see you On the Green Carpet (event hashtag #OTGC) Friday evening to celebrate in sustainable style! Like us on and share #OneEarth and #OEFF2016 with your friends and family!

Read more about the Green Carpet Gala



Filmmakers Hope Audience Will Be Moved to Action

We asked two filmmakers whose documentaries are 2016 One Earth Film Festival Official Selections what's the one inspiration they hope audiences will take away after seeing their works. Both will be attending screenings of their films this weekend.

Alexis Aurigemma, “The Sustainable" "We want people to take away an awareness of the benefits of implementing the types of technologies the Stocks [couple whose home is featured in “The Sustainable”] have in their home, such as active solar and wind power, but also realize the utilization of other technologies such as using a passive solar design, insulated panels and alternate heating and cooling system can really make a difference in just HOW MUCH energy one uses in the first place." “The Sustainable” screens Sun. March 6, 2:30pm at Ascension Catholic Church, 808 S. East Ave. Oak Park, IL

John Murray, “A Farmer's Road" "The most important thing I'd like audiences to take away after seeing A Farmer's Road is to take action. It's always nice to enjoy a well-made film for its entertainment value, but unless audiences take action, then the advocacy part of documentary film falls short. Ultimately, I'm hoping for them to make lifestyle changes and begin having a relationship with the source of their food." “A Farmer’s Road” screens Sun. March 6, 3:30 pm at Oak Park Main Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL

Read more about Alexis and Filmmaker John Murray of "A Farmer's Road"


Celebrate YFC's Winners THIS WEEKEND!

Students from Oak Park River Forest High School, Trinity High School, Interlochen Arts Academy (MI), Brooks Middle School, Sandburg Middle School (Elmhurst), and Willard School will win top prizes in the One Earth Our Earth Young Filmmakers Contest during the One Earth Film Festival, March 4-6.

Fifteen-year old Liam Loughran won the high school level for his concise, 3-minute, 42-second film, “Transportation.” Get tickets to see the High School films and awards! Twelve-year-old Kendall Dirks won the middle school level for his well-researched, 6-minute, 45 second film, “Cutting Carbon Emissions." Nine and ten-year-old friends, Miles Toppen and Carter Workman, won the elementary school level for their creative film, “Pretty Nice Island—The Movie.” Get tickets to see the Middle School & Elementary films and awards! Congratulations to all of our winners and their amazing films!

Read more about the YFC winners and Honorable Mentions here.


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