One Earth Film Festival
Announces Its 2017 Schedule
 One Earth Film Festival has just announced the schedule for its sixth year of bringing outstanding and solution-oriented environmental documentaries and programs to the Chicago region. Expanded to include two weekends for the first time, the festival runs March 3-12.
Among other films on this year’s schedule are: “The Age of Consequences,” “Before the Flood,” “SEED: The Untold Story,” “Can You Dig This?” "Minimalism," “Crying Earth Rise Up,” “Dive!” and the Young Filmmakers Contest winners.
     Through its tailor-made post-film programs, One Earth Film Festival addresses issues surrounding water, energy, transportation, food, waste and recycling, environmental advocacy, social justice and climate change.
      Programs are built around full-feature or a mix of short films, followed by action-oriented discussions led by environmental experts and advocates. Some festival programs are designed specifically with families and children in mind.
     Two pre-event screenings will be held at Loyola University and Dominican University before the official festival kick-off.
     The Green Carpet Gala, the festival’s signature opening event, will be held at the beautiful LEED® Silver certified Gratz Center of Fourth Presbyterian Church, 115 E. Delaware Place, in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood. 
     Most screenings are free with a suggested $6 donation. Reservations for all programs can be made through Eventbrite.


Pamela Tanner Boll, director
A Small Good Thing, 2015

     Academy Award-winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll could have made “A Good Small Thing” in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, home to lots of small shops and many close-knit communities.
     “One of the things that the research shows is that if you live in a closely connected community where you see people regularly, you have much greater chance of being happy,” explains Boll, the film’s director and executive producer, talking with One Earth Film Festival recently by phone from her home in Boulder, Colo. 
     Instead she set her feature-length documentary in western Massachusetts, an area nestled in the Berkshire Mountains and dotted with small innovative farms and towns, which has long been a destination for change-seekers wanting solace and stimulation amid the pastoral landscape.
     Seeing that so many people spend much of their lives online or in the car, Boll wanted to profile a “community where people had a chance to simply run into each other.”

  Boll will be in attendance at this year's festival. 


Screening Times:
Sunday, March 5, 12:30 p.m.
St. Giles Catholic Church, Oak Park

Sunday, March 5, 3:30p.m.
Wilmette Theatre, Wilmette

Young Filmmaker Contest judging underway

     The entries are all in for the 2017 Young Filmmakers Contest. They came from as far away as California, Florida and New Jersey, the filmmakers taking on the environmental topics of our times: local food, water waste, wildlife protection, and biking to save energy.

     Our panel of judges is now reviewing the entries, taking into consideration the creativity, research solution-oriented messages of each. Winners will be announced in early February and will premiere at the Young Filmmakers Contest: Winner Screenings + Awards at 3 p.m., Sat., March 4, at Columbia College Chicago, Music Center, 1014 S. Michigan Ave.

Your support of One Earth Film Festival goes a long way in making our programs possible.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Carolyn McCormick at
Featured Trailer: Get a taste of what's coming at this year's festival 
"The Age of Consequences" investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. The film will be screened twice during the festival.

Saturday, March 4, 3 p.m.
Institute of Cultural Affairs, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago

Sunday, March 5, 6 p.m.
Old St. Patrick's Church, Hughes Hall, 700 W. Adams St., Chicago

One Earth Film Festival welcomes volunteers
The festival depends on volunteers who generously offer their time in a variety of capacities. We're looking for people to fill the following roles:
  • Registration
  • Greeters
  • Zero Waste
  • Events set up and clean up
Please email if you are interested in volunteering.
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