Fourth Annual

One Earth Film Festival

March 6 - 8, 2015

Info & Tickets


Lake Theatre’s First Tuesdays Film Club Presents, “Angel Azul” 

"Angel Azul" will be shown in conjunction with the One Earth Film Festival at noon and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Classic Cinemas Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake Street in Oak Park.

Art’s ability to inspire is well-known.  But how can art create action? Angel Azul explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution: the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he's cast from live models. When algae overtake the reefs however, Taylor’s beautiful work tragically stands in the place of dying coral.  Masterfully constructing artificial reefs to prop-up ecosystems on the verge, Taylor’s work brings to the surface an underwater crisis.  Scientists help to provide the facts about the perilous situation coral reefs currently face and the solutions necessary to save them.

Participate in discussion about the role of art in environmental advocacy.  Local specialists who are knowledgeable about the environmental challenges faced by our oceans and lakes will be present to share their expertise and dialogue with the audience.  

To add to this focus on water creatures, we are thrilled to have local author and artist, Roberta (Bobbie) Raymond, present to sign and sell her new book, Three Sea Tales, after both film screenings.  This newly published book was developed, “Using my 35 years of snorkeling experiences and my underwater photos to focus on three unusual sea creatures and their adventures.” (Oak, Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014).

Cost for the event is $6 per person for the matinee and in the evening, $8.50 for general admission and $6.00 for seniors and children.  Tickets can be purchased at the Lake Theatre Box Office.

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Meet the Filmmakers!
One of the many cool aspects of coming to the One Earth Film Festival is being able to talk to the talented filmmakers behind some of the films. We are honored to have three filmmakers in attendance this year - Molly Ross ("Arise"), David Mrazek and Joel Greenberg ("From Billions to None"). Learn more about these filmmakers and their films at and And the best way, of course, is to come meet them during the Festival!
Filmmaker: Molly Ross
In Search of Hope

Molly Ross, executive producer of "Arise," will appear at Trinity UCC at 400 W. 95th St. in Chicago at 11 am on Saturday, March 7. Her film looks at environmental activism through the stories of strong women around the world.
Ross,  an environmental activist, philanthropist, longtime member of Rachel’s Network and a Sierra Club Foundation board member, says that she expects the Q&A session after her film to be "an exciting exchange of ideas. How did I find these women? How did I choose them? Where do we go from here? How do we help?"
As Ross was making "Arise," she was inspired by her subjects' sense optimism and purpose. "Even if they didn't have training to do this work, they felt compelled to act," explains Ross. "There were health issues or impact on their children or communities, that gave them that defining spark."
Among the women featured in "Arise" are African activist Judy Kimamo, Indian activist Vindana Shiva, Palestinian activist Aidi Shibli, American activists Majora Carter & Beverly Grant, Native American activist Winona LaDuke. Even though they come from different communities and perspectives, they all demonstrate  perseverance, passion, and dedication in the face of challenges.
"And then there's this hopefulness," says Ross. "A lot of them talked about it. They encountered an issue that seems very large and thorny, but once they started to take action, magic happened," says Ross.
Note: "Arise" will also screen at the same time at St. Martin's Church in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.

Filmmakers: Joel Greenberg and David Mrazek
Inspiring the next generation

Joel Greenberg and David Mrazek, co-producers of "From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction," will appear at Thatcher Woods Pavilion in River Forest at 11 am  on Sunday, March 8. "From Billions to None" beautifully depicts the Passenger Pigeon and its history while pointing to exciting new developments in conservation today.

At the screening, Mrazek, an award-winning producer and writer of numerous prime-time PBS and cable TV documentary series, hopes that "the film inspires people to do more related to conservation issues locally and nationally. And I hope to meet some motivated people with whom I might be able to coordinate possible future events related to the film or local 

environmental issues." Mrazek is a Chicago-area local who is a member of the La Grange Park Sustainability Commission. Co-producer Joel Greenberg is a noted naturalist and author, and has written a definitive natural history of the Chicago region. He is also interviewed extensively in the film.

" One doesn’t need to try very hard for this topic to be relentlessly depressing," says Mrazek. "So I wanted to present how this epic event happened, through Joel Greenberg and his mission to make the story known, showing some humor when possible."

"From Billions to None" also depicts young people learning about the issues. "I want young people to see themselves in the film, and feel a part of the solution: getting involved in conservation issues, voting when they are older, and living more sustainably," says Mrazek. 
Partner Spotlight: Chicago Cultural Center
In addition to our special pre-event screenings, "Angel Azul” will also show at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater.  We are proud to screen a film in this neoclassical Chicago Landmark building for the first time this year.

Built in 1892, the Chicago Cultural Center was originally the central library for Chicago until 1991, when its books and magazines were shipped to the newly constructed Harold Washington Library Center.  At that point, the building’s name switched to the “Chicago Cultural Center,” making it the first free, municipal cultural center in the country.

Many architectural details are striking, particularly, the largest Tiffany Dome in the world at the top of Preston Bradley Hall.  Most interior walls are marble, while exterior walls are three-foot slabs of limestone.  The north entrance, on Randolph Street, has Greek architectural elements, and the south entrance, on Washington Street, incorporates a Roman theme.

More than 1,000 performing, visual, and literary arts programs and exhibitions take place at the Chicago Cultural Center every year.  We are delighted to contribute to our city’s cultural enrichment in this historic venue through the One Earth Film Festival.
Vote for One Earth Film Festival's Festival Choice Winner!
Select the most inspiring, solution-oriented film that you watched during the Festival. A jury of filmmakers and environmental leaders will screen the top 3 selections. The winning Festival Choice film will be shown in downtown Chicago on Earth Day, as part of the City of Chicago's Earth Day celebrations!

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