The four-day event will take place at the Hippodrome Theatre Thursday and Friday, and at the Heartwood Soundstage on Saturday and Sunday. For almost a decade Cinema Verde has brought environmental education to Gainesville by using films and ...
Feb 7, 2018 at 3:42 PM Feb 7, 2018 at 3:42 PM
The four-day event will take place at the Hippodrome Theatre Thursday and Friday, and at the Heartwood Soundstage on Saturday and Sunday.
By Rebecca Sanana Correspondent
For almost a decade Cinema Verde has brought environmental education to Gainesville by using films and documentaries from around the world. This international environmental film and arts festival is back for its ninth year with more films, more activities and more education than in previous years.
This festival has grown larger every year and Director Trish Riley believes this will be the best yet. A boost in revenue has allowed her to hire professional support that she feels will improve the overall quality and organization of the event.
This year Cinema Verde is offering workshops, a Solar Saturday Eco Fair and the opportunity to connect with more directors and producers than ever. Eighteen directors from all over the world will attend the festival to provide insight to their films.
“It’s wonderful. Because it’s an international festival, one gets a perspective from the entire world,” said art consultant Alycin Hayes.
The four-day event will take place at the Hippodrome Theatre Thursday and Friday, and at the Heartwood Soundstage on Saturday and Sunday. This year Cinema Verde also has partnered with Changeville. Together they are showing several films, including "The Florida Project," a highly acclaimed film set in Kissimmee, at 5 p.m. Friday as part of the films being screening at the Hippodrome.
“I make an attempt to find the best films that hit each tenant of sustainability,” Riley said.
This festival is dedicated to education. Riley’s goal is to get people’s attention.
“It’s extremely important that people understand the information that we’re trying to convey,” she said, “and that is, that as a world we’ve really exploited our natural resources to the great detriment of everyone who tries to exist on this planet.”
But this is not a festival about the end of the world. The films Riley chose describe not only the problems the environment faces, but also the solutions. They show what average people can do in their everyday lives to improve the state of the environment.
“This is the 21st century, we can make those changes, but none of those changes will happen if people don’t understand the problems and how to fix them, and that, of course, is what Cinema Verde is all about,” Riley said.
The workshops and the Solar Saturday Eco Fair allow moviegoers to get involved and learn about changes they can make to live more sustainably. Free workshops will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday at the Heartwood Soundstage. They provide the opportunity to connect with other environmentalists and further develop an awareness of the issues.
The Solar Saturday Eco Fair is going on from noon to 5 p.m. Many activities are scheduled, such as yoga classes, live music and taste testing. There are also a plethora of activities scheduled for children in the Kids Zone.
“Cinema Verde is not just an environmental effort. It’s about sustainability, which includes social justice, our economy, our politics. Making the world a place where we want to live, and everyone can contribute to that,” Riley said
Riley hopes that this festival reaches more people than ever before. Every person involved in making this festival come together has dedicated their time to making a difference.
“I believe that it’s our moral responsibility to do what we can to help the environment,” said journalism intern and UF freshman Danny Salazar.
In the future Riley hopes to gather enough funds and enough support to open an environmental education center where people can learn and support each other in their quest for sustainability. For now, Riley uses Cinema Verde and her website gogreennation.com to bring environmentalists together and educate anyone who wants to learn.
A schedule of all the films and tickets for movie blocks are available for purchase online at cinemaverde.org. They are $7 in advance and $9 at the door. Day passes allow access to all the films on a given day and are $36. These passes are only available for Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for Thursday's VIP reception and meet-and-greet are $27.
Gabriel K. Tyner, marketing consultant, filmmaker and workshop leader said, “It’s a great place for nerds to just go and hang out.”
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