Join us! Cinema Verde Film Saturday, Sept. 17!

Posted by Trish Riley, September 13, 2011

OUR NEXT FILM will be Garbage Warrior, Saturday, Sept. 17, 7 – 9:30 p.m. at Paynes Prairie Visitor’s Center, Paynes Prairie State Preserve. See the trailer here:

Thanks so much to those of you who came out to see Economics of Happiness with us at Payne’s Prairie State Preserve Visitor Center on August 13. We filled the theater and all enjoyed the film, the first in a monthly series Cinema Verde will be presenting at the park. We selected Economics of Happiness because it was our Best in Show award winner at Cinema Verde 2012, and we were very pleased to give more members of our community the opportunity to see this excellent documentary detailing the differences between western society and the small community of Ladakh in the Himalayas, a village which had been isolated by culture and politics for generations until the 1970s.

Directors Helena Norbert-Hodge, Steven Gorelick and John Page describe the self-sustained culture that existed before exposure to modern progress, and detail how access to a fuel-based economy and the trappings that go with it affected the Ladakhi society, i.e. convenience items, trash, disruption of self-supporting social hierarchies, unemployment and poverty. The film uses this unique example to illustrate the effects of our western economy-driven culture on other societies throughout the world, and the story is essentially the same everywhere.

We have become slaves to our survival, trashing our environment in the process and losing touch with some of the best parts of life such as time to explore our creativity and enjoy our loved ones. This is a cycle I cite frequently in my books and articles about sustainability and it is this bottom line that continues to drive my efforts to raise awareness of environmental issues and sustainable solutions. I fully believe that once we recognize that profit is not the only way to measure our success and happiness in life, we can develop other motives for our businesses that include personal satisfaction through our creativity as well as time spent with our families. That provides a more sustainable paradigm for a healthier future. Cinema Verde strives to help us realize the importance of making these changes to the status quo, and how to go about it.

I invited the audience to help us decide which other films we’ll reprise during these monthly screenings leading up to our next Cinema Verde Festival in the spring, and I’d like to invite everyone to weigh in on the selections. I’ve listed the trailers of some I’m considering (based on content and quality as well as cost), along with brief descriptions. Please let us know if there are some you’re particularly interested in seeing by checking out the trailers and voting on your favorite films here or by dropping us a note at
Also, since we sold out at our first screening, we suggest purchasing tickets in advance via our website to ensure a seat click here.

Thanks to Paynes Prairie for hosting the screenings with us, thanks to Blue Highway for providing a humus platter and discount dinner tickets, thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped pull the event together, especially Penny Niemann, Jackie Cassarly, Ian Thomas, Arielle Mundy and friends.

And finally thanks so much to Steve Gorelick, co-director of the film, who went way out of his way to make sure we had the best possible copy of the film for the screening. Steve, as a representative of the film’s producer, the International Society for Ecology and Culture, offered to let us screen the film for 50 percent of proceeds as a licensing fee, so we have sent him $125, which is half of what we took in for the film on August 13. While Paynes Prairie generously allowed us to use the theater at no charge, and all of worked for no pay to make it happen, we did have to cover the cost of insurance and materials. We will not always be able to pull together volunteer teams to do all of the work that makes Cinema Verde successful, nor are we likely to always be able to pay such a small fee for films we’d really like to screen. If you value what we are doing with Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival, please let us know by continuing to support our efforts.

If your organization would like to sponsor a film, we’d love the help. Let us know if there is a particular film that speaks to your concerns or interests. Also, we would love to occasionally bring in filmmakers and directors to talk with after the screenings, but this can be very expensive. Please let us know if there is someone you’re especially interested in meeting, as well as whether you or your organization would like to help underwrite their visit.

We are seeking sponsors and volunteers to help Cinema Verde continue to bring international environmental films to our community – please let us know how you would like to be involved: Thank you for your support!

I look forward to seeing you Saturday! –Trish*

Please join us: 7 – 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, 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.

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

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

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;


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