The Green Screen Environmental Film Festival & Salon, celebrating planet Earth with a series of lively events, including a sustainable drive-in movie screening and an eco/arts street fair, will be held Thursday through Sunday, November 19th through 22nd at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice.
Featured events are the sustainable drive-in November 19th, “Amazon Night” and the Celebrate Earth eco/arts street fair on November 20th and a watershed bike ride on November 22nd.
The Green Screen Environmental Film Festival & Salon celebrates “our world and how we live in it,” a festival spokesperson said. The event uses “the power of film to bridge distances and reveal our common deep connection to our planet and each other,” the spokesperson adds.
Produced by the Electric Lodge, this festival continues the Lodge’s mission of activist involvement in the community and the environmental movement, Lodge representatives note.
As the founder of the Arts:Earth Partnership (www.artsearthpartnership.org/), the Electric Lodge is working with the Cities of Santa Monica and Los Angeles to make all cultural venues, institutions, museums, studios and individual artists “green.”
The sustainable drive-in will take place outdoors at the Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center with a free screening of “Flipper” starring Elijah Wood and Paul Hogan. The movie will be projected on a giant screen on the side of the lodge with a solar-powered projector. Nutritious and affordable dinners will be offered for purchase to aid nonprofit organizations that provide job training and housing for low income women in Southern California.
Dinner and activities, including a children’s bounce house and face painting, will begin at 5 p.m., with the movie screening at 6.
November 20th is Amazon Night, a celebration of the contribution of the Amazon and surrounding vast forest and ecosystem to the health of the life on planet Earth. There will be live Brazilian music, dance and the showing of “Crude,” a film cataloguing the struggle of corporate, government and individual rights in relation to a working, balanced ecology.
The Celebrate Earth eco/arts fair is another free event planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 21st. The fair includes live entertainment, food, games, and local arts and crafts as well as green merchandise and a mini-electric car show on Electric Avenue between Milwood and California. During the fair, films for the festival will be screening inside the Lodge.
Other activities include “eco” games and prizes for children and adults, and the first 100 attendees will receive a free reusable water bottle.
A watershed bike ride will then be held November 22nd, starting from the upper Santa Monica watershed at 26th Street and San Vicente Boulevard. A guide will discuss the history of the watershed during the ride, which travels to the Ballona Wetlands and ends at the Electric Lodge for a brunch and photo show of images from the ride.
Information on the Green Screen Film Festival, greenscreenfilmfestival.com/.