One Earth film festival March 6-9, 2015
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Help the Fest Reach Our $5K Online Fundraising Goal!

Online Giving Campaign Ends 2/12.

Our fundraising campaign, #GIVEONEEARTH, is 45% funded with three weeks to go.  We are asking supporters to donate via IndigeGoGo.

Our fourth year  has brought tremendous growth opportunities with interest from communities in Lake and DuPage counties and a stronger collaboration with the City of Chicago. Such widespread demand for inspirational programming and action-oriented discussion has the Fest’s planning team working at a feverish pace to answer the call. Every dollar raised through #GIVEONEEARTH ensures that One Earth Film Festival can expand its programming, meet the needs of neighborhoods interested in hosting screenings and ultimately bring measurable results for a more sustainable future in the Midwest.

With just a few weeks left to raise these funds, One Earth Film Festival needs your support more than ever. Give today. DONATE HERE.

Film Fest Brings Special Programs for the Whole Family!

You’re never too young to become an environmentalist! This year the Fest will offer programming that appeals to our littlest viewers, teens and parents.

Parents are invited to view  “Project Wild Thing.” Hailed by The Guardian as a film that will ‘change your life,’ “Project Wild Thing” is a film led movement that seeks to reconnect kids (and their parents) with nature.  The feature-length documentary takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasing disconnection between children and nature. Look for our final schedule, revealed on January 25, for screening date and time.

Kiddos will enjoy programs at the Oak Park Public Library on Saturday, March 7. Our 10 am program is great for kids 3-6+, followed by films and program for older kids 7-11+ at 11 am.  

Teens are invited to a special "Film Cafe" on Sunday, 11 am at Willard Elementary School in River Forest.  The 206 Food Truck will be at all of our special children's & teens programs, ready with hot coffee and waffles!

Teens are also invited to join our general audiences for a Saturday night screening of “Field Biologist” at the Good Earth Green House in River Forest,  followed by a smoothie reception provided by The Juice Joint.  READ MORE...


Watch the Trailer!

"Project Wild Thing"


Partner Spotlight: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

We are proud to announce that the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has become a venue partner for 2015! This beautiful museum, built in 1999 by the Chicago Academy of Sciences, will host two films on Saturday March 7: "Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper" at 3 p.m.  and "Project Wild Thing" at 7 p.m.

“As the Urban Gateway to Nature and Science, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the One Earth Film Festival are a perfect fit," says Laura Saletta, Manager of Public Programs at the Nature Museum. "The common goal of addressing conservation issues and public nature education  is shared by both organizations. We look forward to a developing partnership that starts with this year’s film fest”.

A beloved institution by young and old alike, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's mission is to connect people and nature and to grow our region’s urban connection to the world of nature and science. It is known for its Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and hands-on exhibits and activities for children. The collections date back to 1857, making the Nature Museum one of the oldest museums in the country. Learn more at

One Earth Film Festival: Advanced Screening Events 

Feast your eyes on inspiration. Sneak peek the Fest!

As anticipation for our fest builds, enjoy advanced screenings throughout the month of February and into early March leading up to the main event, March 6-8, 2015.  Each pre-event screening will include solution-oriented discussion and opportunities for action. Screening events are free but a $5 donation is appreciated per film. Seating is limited. Get your tickets!

“Just Eat It” 
Tuesday, February 17, 7-9 pm
LUC – Damen Cinema, 6511 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 

Acclaimed documentary “Just Eat It” uncovers the world of rejected, ‘ugly’ but otherwise delicious food wasted at every level of the chain from farm to retail to our own fridge. Q&A discussion will follow the film.
This program is offered in partnership with Loyola University Chicago's Institute for Environmental Sustainability.The Institute of Environmental Sustainability strives to create solutions to the stress on our planet's natural resources, expanding knowledge in the service of humanity through teaching, conducting research, and sponsoring outreach activities on pressing environmental issues.

“Copenhagen’s Top Ten” & “The Lithium Revolution” 
Wednesday, February 18, 6-8:30 pm
UIC - Lecture Center A1, 805 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL

What alternative to fossil fuel will rise up as a true contender? Is lithium the answer to the energy crisis? This program of two films considers solutions from around the world and offers expert moderated discussion about transportation at home in Chicago.
This program is offered in partnership with University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). UIC is a leader in campus sustainability and a charter participant in the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) and the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact

“Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields” 
Tuesday, February 24, 7-9 pm Dominican University – Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest IL

“Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields” champions combat vets who are rebuilding their own lives as organic farmers  and revitalizing their communities with access to local, affordable, fresh, healthy food. Moderated discussion will follow the screening.
This program is offered in partnership with Dominican University which views caring for the Earth’s resources and people throughout the world as a commitment to their mission statement to “participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.” 
Learn more about these and other pre-event screenings and reserve your tickets.


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Call for Volunteers
Want to get involved in Chicago's green scene and do you have a few free hours the weekend of March 6-8? Here's your chance! We need more than 200 volunteers to play a variety of roles in this year's Fest.

A few of the many roles we need filled:

  • Tech-savvy people who know their way around a DVD player and film projection equipment
  • Friendly extroverts to meet/greet/orient Fest guests at events and screenings
  • Social media butterflies who can live tweet and post from Fest events

Volunteer Benefits include:

  • Chance to see amazing films
  • Opportunities to engage with the community and meet new people
  • Official One Earth Film Festival organic cotton t-shirt
  • Invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on March 22 (place/time TBD)
Contact Hans Kumler, Volunteer Coordinator, at

Film Line-up Coming Out Soon!
Our film programming for the 2015 One Earth Film Festival is almost ready to be announced! Visit after January 25th  to find out more.

We'll be holding more than 30 screenings March 6-8, in addition to several pre-fest events starting mid-February. Films will relate to a wide range of sustainability topics, and there will be something for everyone -- general audiences, children and families, and teens.

Stay tuned to to start planning and reserving your seats. Most films are FREE with suggested $5 donation.


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