Gainesville’s art and film festival Cinema Verde right around the corner

By on January 30th, 2013

Green films will go red this year at the fourth annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival.

The festival director’s Trish Riley said this year the festival concludes on Valentine’s Day, and that’s an opportunity to focus not only on issues involved with sustainability but also an environmentally focused life.

Cinema Verde, an education-based environmental art and film festival held will be held on Feb. 9 to Feb. 14 at the Zuzu Jolie restaurant in downtown Gainesville, Fla.

It reminds people to “lead an authentic existence that give you the opportunity for happiness,” Riley said.

The theme for this year’s festival is love for the planet and a sustainable life, Riley said.

She said the films will cover a variety of issues involving sustainability, including sustainable politics and government. Unlike the majority of the featured films, which focus on the environment, “Happy” and “Radio Love” will focus more on leading a sustainable, environmentally friendly life.

Riley said this year’s festival will include more directors, more actors and more of a local flair.

One such bit of flair is the world premier of “We Are Water” a documentary film directed by world-renowned diver Jill Heinerth.

Heinerth, a Silver Springs, Fla., native, has dived deeper into caves than any woman in history, and she’s just one of the many directors and actors that will be in attendance, Riley said.

Mike Sanford, of Gainesville’s Lunch Out Blog, has attended and volunteered with the festival for the past three years. He said he’s excited for this year’s film lineup.

“I’m not a tree-hugger or anything,” Sanford said, “I’m just interested in the uplifting films.”

In addition to film screenings, Cinema Verde offers a week of events, such as eco-art exhibits, natural resource eco-tours and workshops for festival goers.

“The [workshops] are interesting, informative and engaging,” Sandford said.

Sasha Alvarenga, a 20-year-old sustainability studies sophomore, said the festival, which began as a class assignment, has become something she can’t wait to visit.

“I went last spring,” Alvarenga said, “and because of it, I’m excited for this year’s festival.”

Alvarenga said she was pleasantly surprised to find a community of people who genuinely shared her passion for environmental issues.

After watching one of the screened films “Vegucated” last year, Alvarenga said she found herself inspired to become a vegetarian and what she calls “mostly vegan.”

“I’m looking forward to becoming more informed about environmental issues,” Alvarenga said.

Elle Newbold wrote this story for online. 

This entry was posted in Arts and Entertainment and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

More Stories in Arts and Entertainment

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre put on two productions of “Banned!?” Saturday, a play that discusses children’s books that have been banned. Displayed above is the re-enactment of “Where The Wild Things Are,” which has been repeatedly challenged for “romanticizing anger” to children.

Book Lovers Celebrate Banned Books Week

Annual Banned Books Week from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3 was celebrated at UF in the Plaza of the Americas on Thursday. Students read literature aloud from different authors who’s work has been challenged in public schools. The goal for Banned Books Week is to celebrate the liberty to read.

Art Exhibit Featuring Florida’s Springs Opens at Thomas Center

Gainesville’s Thomas Center Galleries are hosting the exhibit AQUIFERious: Enter the Springs starting October 1. The exhibit features art, photography and map’s of Florida’s springs from various artists.

Lake Butler resident Stephen Spitzer is the author of three fictional books recently published through Amazon's CreateSpace. His books draw subtle influences from his life and combine dark, twisted plots with humor.

Lake Butler Resident Publishes Three Books In A Month

Lake Butler resident Steven Spitzer published his first three books in September. Inspired by a series of events in his life and the lives of his friends, his books contain twisted and dark humor.

The Harn Museum is celebrating its 25th birthday. Both artists and instructors discuss how it has benefited them and UF.

Harn Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Harn is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an exhibit, opening Friday, that will encourage visitors to discuss the works across time periods and cultures. The exhibit will run through Jan. 3.

Buddy Schaub, Less Than Jake’s trombone player, plays a song while toilet paper flies out into the audience at the High Dive on Saturday night.

Gainesville-Based Band Draws Fans For Annual Hometown Show

Less Than Jake, a Gainesville-born punk-rock band popular since the ’90s, played their annual Gainesville show on Labor Day weekend. Fans came from across the state and across the country to see the band.

Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments