The Green Screen Film Festival & Salon, celebrating environmental action with film screenings, community activities and interactive dialogue, will be held Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 28 through 31 at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice.

Throughout the festival, films from around the world will be screened, including short, full length, for kids, music videos, experimental, documentary and narrative. The films, some serious and others funny, explore the condition of life on the planet today and people’s choices with regard to how they live as individuals and as a society.

The Green Screen Environmental Film Festival aims to deliver a message of personal empowerment and activism to the community, festival organizers note.

Founder of the Electric Lodge Joel Shapiro, a doctor turned environmental activist, said he created the Green Screen Film Festival because he was interested in what other activists around the world were doing within their communities.

“Green movement is no longer a niche but a necessity,” Shapiro said. “As a doctor, I used to treat one patient at a time. Now I can help 6.3 billion people, by using the eco-system to save their health.”

A Family Sustainable Fun Film Night will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, featuring a screening of “It’s A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Live music will be performed by Moo Moo Music and food will be provided by The Green Truck.

The Oct. 29 event includes a“Gathering of the Tribes” celebration, with films, music, and food. Cocktails will be served at 7 p.m. and screenings will begin at 8 p.m., followed by a reception.

On Saturday, Oct. 30 an Eco/Arts Street Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring a pumpkin patch, local artists, eco-conscious vendors, live music performances and food.

Films will be screened from noon to 11 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. For information and a schedule of films, www.greenscreenfilmfestival.com/.

Sponsors for the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival include Whole Life Times, the Abbot Kinney Festival Foundation, Arts/Earth Partnership, and the Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center.

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