ECO’s environmental film festival features great films, food and discussion
ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization, along with Transition Hendersonville and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville present the Third Annual Environmental Film Festival on Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th at Hendersonville’s community theater, the Hendersonville Little Theatre. The festival will feature some great environmental films that focus on reinventing our food systems, how our household waste affects our environment, and reflecting on a world whose reliance on fossil fuels is unsustainable.
The festival opens Friday the 14th with the showing of The 11th Hour. Produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this film provides an accurate look at the dire state of our current global environmental landscape while providing viewers with stories and images of hope for a sustainable future and urging them to take action.
Also screening on Friday is Burning the Future: Coal in America. Burning challenges the notion of “clean coal” by showing the devastating effects of mountaintop removal coal mining on West Virginia residents, as well as their struggles with large coal companies. Following the film, there will be a discussion panel on the current state of our environment and how local residents can get involved in clean energy solutions in order to have a larger impact.
On Saturday the 15th, our festival will open with Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home, which looks at the phenomena of household waste and how it impacts our local environment and our planet. This film documents a family that pledges to throw nothing away for three months and learns about the journey of their waste and how it impacts our planet.
The festival wraps up with Fresh, which looks how more Americans are embracing a more sustainable food system. Unlike factory farming, sustainable agriculture focuses on a growing commitment to sustainability in how farms are run, how the land is cared for, and how food is distributed. Their success demonstrates that not only is this method healthy for the farmers and consumers, but its profitable as well. A panel discussion on great examples of sustainable farming and recycling in our community will follow this film.
ECO’s Environmental Film Festival is scheduled on Friday evening October 14th starting at 6:30 PM and Saturday beginning at 7:00 PM at the Hendersonville Little Theater on 1025 State Street in Hendersonville. Dinner, healthy snacks and tasty drinks will be available for purchase. The festival is a fundraiser and educational opportunity offered by ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization that for over 20 years has worked to protect WNC’s natural heritage.
For more information on the ECO Environmental Film Festival contact ECO at 692-0385. Tickets can be ordered online at http://www.eco-wnc.org.