FILM: Economics of Happiness TONIGHT!

Posted by Trish Riley, August 13, 2011

Good morning, Gainesville!

I hope we’ll be seeing you ce soir at Paynes Praire for an encore screening of Cinema Verde’s Best in Show winner: Economics of Happiness, 7 – 9:30 p.m., tonight, August 13, 2011.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be only ONE screening of the film, beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion until 9:30 p.m.

Tonight is a perfect night for a trek to the prairie – there will be a full moon and the Perseid meteor shower will be happenin and we’re excited to offer this screening as a new way to bring this very interesting and important environmental information to our community. We’d like to thank Andrea Christman, Park Services Specialist, who conceived this idea and invited us to the park. If all goes well and this turns out to be something you enjoy, we’ll continue with monthly screenings. Let us know you like this idea by being there!

I’ve had a few calls from people concerned that it might be kind of hot to have a film at the park… if you attended our last Green Drinks meeting (in the Citizen’s Co-op courtyard), I can see why you might think it wise to ask me about this. But no worries: The Paynes Prairie Visitor’s Center has a beautiful theater that is PERFECT for Cinema Verde, and it’s indoors and air conditioned.

We’d like to give a big thanks to Blue Highway for providing a humus platter for us this evening. Please be sure to thank them the next time you visit Blue Highway for a delicious dinner!

A special thanks also goes out to Steven Gorelick, director of tonight’s film and US Program Director for the International Society for Ecology and Culture, for going way out of his way to make sure we have the best possible screening of Economic’s of Happiness tonight. We will send half of the proceeds collected this evening to Steven and his team to support their work. Thanks again, Steve!

We’d also like to thank the Plum Creek Foundation for pledging their support for Cinema Verde, and for helping to make these screenings possible.

Thanks also to Geoff Wilson of 352 Media Group who has assigned Jason Garner to update our Cinema Verde website and thanks to Connie Amidei for putting us together!

As we prepare for our next season, Cinema Verde is seeking interns and volunteer assistance as well as sponsors and supporters.
All skills and forms of support needed, from administrative and bookkeeping to fund-raising, marketing and USDollars.
Please let us know how you’d like to be involved!

By the way, I’ve posted some interesting new stories I’ve written at, including one on the United Nations Environment Programme’s Safe Planet Initiative, which worked with Cinema Verde to provide films and a skype conference. UNEP subsequently reported their participation in our festival to representatives of 140 nations gathered at the Rotterdam Convention! Another interesting story is on guerrilla gardening. Check them out and please take advantage of the environmental news resource I’ve created for you:!

I look forward to seeing you tonight! –Trish*

‘Economics of Happiness’ claims Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival Best in Show award

Directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Economics of Happiness explores local solutions to our pressing global problems. Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and its predecessor, the Ladakh Project. She is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh and is co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home.

Watch the trailer here:

Please join us: 7 – 9:30 p.m., Saturday, August 13, 2011
At the Paynes Prairie Visitor’s Center, 100 Savannah Blvd. at Paynes Prairie State Preserve. South of Gainesville off US 441. Look for the park sign on the east side of 441. Be advised that it takes 20 – 30 minutes to travel through the park to the Visitor’s Center, so please plan to arrive early! There are displays and area walkways to explore before the film begins.

The film will be followed by a discussion of a sustainable future with local community activist Judy Greenberg and Joe Pierce, founder of Transition Micanopy.

Free park admission for film goers! Suggested donation for the film $5 – $7; free film for campers!

Thank you all so much for your support and interest in Cinema Verde and environmental issues!

Heads up! Networking is the key to success – so join us at our next Green Drinks meeting at the Sun Center downtown, co-hosted by Linda and Ken McGurn and Innovation Gainesville: 6 – 8 p.m. Sept. 7!

Cinema Verde and Green Drinks appreciate your support.
Please let us know how we can help you showcase your sustainable business or organization at our community events!
Contact Trish Riley, Director: 352-327-3560;