“Green Screen Film Festival,” in association with Earth Protect, will feature screenings of environmental documentary features and short films at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 7th and 8th, at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. The program also includes panel and “Q&A” sessions, an original dance performance and a “Sustainable Drive-In” event. Electric Lodge is a solar-powered performing and visual arts center located in Venice, California, and all festival programming will take place at the venue, located at 1416 Electric Ave. in Venice. Festival sessions are at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The first screening session of the festival, on Friday evening, includes the documentary film, Transforming Energy, co-produced by Electric Lodge, followed by a short dance piece inspired by the film, choreographed and performed by Lillian Barbeito. Following the screening and performance will be a short Q&A with Dr. Joel Shapiro, founder and artistic director of Electric Lodge and one of the two creators of Transforming Energy.
The Saturday afternoon session includes screenings of the films, Freedom Fuels and Who Killed the Electric Car? The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with director Chris Payne.
The festival’s final session on Saturday night is highlighted by the “Sustainable Drive-In” event, which is free but open only to attendees who walk, ride a bicycle, take mass transit or carpool with at least four people (or three in the case of alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric, biodiesel, or hybrid cars). Up first is a panel discussion with Chris Payne, Meredith McCarthy, director of programs and Education for Heal the Bay, and Chelsea Sexton, whose story inspired Who Killed the Electric Car? After dark, the drive-in screening in the parking lot of the Electric Lodge will be of Dolphin Defenders, a documentary about how the filming of the killing of many dolphins by Japanese crews led to changes in fishing practices which protected those same animals.
Passes to the Friday night and Saturday afternoon sessions are $10 each.