The Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, featuring films from throughout the world focusing on the planet and its inhabitants, will be held at the Electric Lodge in Venice Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18 through 20.
The festival will open with a free screening of “Arctic Tale,” a National Geographic Society feature film narrated by actress Queen Latifa, at 6 p.m. Nov. 18. The film documents the life cycle of polar bear and walrus families facing the harsh realities of the arctic with its ever-changing environment. “Arctic Tale” was filmed and produced by Venice residents Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson.
The festival will continue on Nov. 19 with two short programs that range from the sublime and serene “Fjord” to the antic and rhythmic “Mottainai.” Screenings are scheduled at 2 and 4 p.m., followed by a reception and awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
On Nov. 20, Sea Pulse films will present a program from 1 to 5:30 p.m. featuring films and a discussion on the beauty and threats to the world’s oceans.
The program will start with films by Bill Macdonald, including “Fish Capital of the World,” which documents the most prolific reefs in the ocean, and “Two Bizarre Fish Tales,” which is based on the research of Dr. Eugenie Clark of the MOTE Marine Lab.
In addition, Capt. Charles Moore, the dean of marine debris researchers, will present his new book “Plastic Ocean” and discuss the impact of the tsunami in Japan earlier this year on trash headed toward the coast.
Other films screening that explore trash issues include “The Majestic Plastic Bag” (Heal the Bay), “One Beach” (Surfrider Foundation and Barefoot Wine), and “The World Ocean: Trashed” (Bill Macdonald Productions).
At 4 p.m., Santa Monica High School’s widely acclaimed Team Marine will give a presentation about its work and then introduce Guy Harvey, “shark whisperer” Jim Abernathy, and the Wyland Foundation film “This Is Your Ocean: SHARKS.”
The Electric Lodge is at 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Information, (310) 306-1854.
Tickets for all events except the free Nov. 18 screening are $5 and can be purchased online. For more information, greenscreenfilmfestival.com.