Celebrate Earth Day with Us

Celebrate Earth Day with Us

We invite you to continue the One Earth Film Festival fun and celebrate Earth Day with us by watching the award-winning film, "Growing Cities" on Friday, April 22, at Chicago's official Earth Day celebration in two locations. This 60-minute film is friendly for all ages.

Racing Extinction On The Red Carpet

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. Joined by new innovators, this documentary brings a voice to the thousands of species teetering on the very edge of life.

Bikes vs. Cars at Frontier Chicago

Bikes vs. Cars at Frontier Chicago

Chicago is well known for its commitment to developing protected bike lanes within city limits. Currently, it has over 200 miles of on-street buffered and protected shared bike lanes. Are you one of the bikers who rides on the city's protected lanes? Would you like to be? Join One Earth Film Festival as we celebrate biking and alternative transportation, Sun. 3/6 @ 3:30pm for a view & brew screening event of "Bikes vs. Cars." at Frontier Chicago, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Just Eat It Encore Presentation!

Just Eat It Encore Presentation!

In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month. 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. Despite the growing number of people experiencing hunger and food insecurity, the culinary pursuit of beautiful food comes at the cost of millions of pounds of wasted edibles. Learn what change is being made and how you can modify your own food habits to reduce waste.

Meet Ramona Baptiste

Ramona Baptiste grew up detesting the foods that her dad frowned on as child himself: beans, oatmeal and okra. Part of large Southern family, her dad ate those staples too much for his liking. Ramona, who grew up in Chicago, had an altogether different kind of childhood diet. Her mom cooked a lot of steak, she recalls.

The True Cost

Chicago high school students explore “The True Cost” of fashion

By Cassandra West

“The True Cost,”

which explores the impact of the fashion industry on people and the planet, has captured the imaginations of a passionate group of students at Northside College Preparatory High in Chicago, where the documentary will be screened at 3:30 p.m. on March 6 as part of the One Earth Film Festival. The students formed the NCP One Earth Film Festival Host Committee and are reaching out to peers and local businesses to help fill seats for the screening.  They're also planning a fashion-themed art exhibition to correspond with the screening and have invited alumni to contribute to a post-viewing panel discussion.

Fifth Annual Green Carpet Gala!

Join us on Chicago's Magnificent Mile

By Lisa Biehle Files

Imagine savoring Indian fritters and chatting with friends, activists, and artists, while looking through large glass windows at the shimmering lights of Michigan Avenue.

We invite you to celebrate in this style with us at the Green Carpet Gala, the opening event for the One Earth Film Festival, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St., in downtown Chicago. We will join with creative leaders from the sustainability and filmmaking communities to mingle, look back at past accomplishments and ahead, at what the One Earth Film Festival weekend will hold.

This Fifth Annual Gala will be green in every way. Our caterer, Michaels, is considered the “greenest caterer in American” due to two green restaurant certifications. Returning for the second year by popular demand, they will offer vegetarian and vegan-friendly finger food options such as Portobello mushroom wraps and homemade sweet potato chips with pineapple salsa. A variety of beverages will be available, with beer provided by Goose Island Brewery, an official sponsor.

As we look back at our past and ahead with hope, our venue echoes this theme. The Gratz Center addition, built in 2013, is a contemporary counterpoint to Fourth Presbyterian’s Gothic Revival structure, built in 1914. The large windows described earlier not only show the twinkling lights of Michigan Avenue, but also one of the building’s three green roofs in this LEED-certified addition.

After having ample time to talk with friends, old and new, we will head into Buchanan Chapel for the evening program. Seva Gandhi, senior program coordinator for the Institute of Cultural Affairs, will lead events, which will be interspersed with several short films.

Film Festival Director Ana Garcia Doyle explained, “Our theme is Opportunity. We’re hopeful about the evolution of the environmental movement, with the Paris Talks agreement and Obama’s rejection of the Keystone Pipeline. For One Earth Film Festival, we’re expanding to neighborhoods and communities where we’ve never been before. So we’ll be looking back, highlighting our youth involvement, and looking ahead.”

But wait. Mustn’t forget about our waste, which will be minimal. Chamness Biodegradables and Green Home Experts will help us make this a zero waste event, making it truly green from start to finish.

Important details: Attire is business casual with a celebratory flair. Validated parking passes ($8) will be available at our event reception desk for those who park in the 900 N. Michigan Avenue Garage. Enter the garage one block west of 115 E. Delaware Place, on the north side of the street.

Arrive early, at 5:30 p.m., to test drive the Nissan LEAF electric car!


One Earth Film Festival Schedule Announced!

One Earth Film Festival returns March 4-6, 2016 for its milestone 5th annual event. The festival will showcase 35+ thought-provoking films on a variety of environmental topics in the Chicagoland area. With more than 40 screenings, One Earth brings to you engaging films that will educate and inspire.

Oak Park Art League's "Discarded to Regarded"

How do we create treasure from trash? In February, artists and Oak Park arts organizations are working together to teach the public how to reduce, reuse and recycle through the visual mediums of art and film. Oak Park Art League (OPAL) is calling on artists for its gallery exhibition, Discarded to Regarded, for which artists submit one-of-a-kind works created from found objects or recycled materials. Artists can drop off work at Oak Park Art League starting Feb. 6.