I hope you’re enjoying the fall as we are. It’s a nice time to cuddle up with a good movie, eh? I’m enjoying rolling into fall. I just spent a week on the road – an odyssey that took me to Miami for the Society of Environmental Journalists conference, where I caught up with colleagues and told them about GoGreenNation.org and Cinema Verde. Then I (and Teddi) rolled on to Tampa, where I attended a conference put on by the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, instructing us all on how to help our legislators learn about our cultural programs. It was time and 945 miles well spent, and I’m glad to be back home in Gainesville and behind my desk.
Green Drinks: We had a great meeting last month at The Midnight Cafe and Bar, thanks to Beverley Webb of The Midnight and Chris Cano of Gainesville Compost, who told us about his new compost-to-garden project. Thanks to all who attended; we had wonderful networking and discussions.
Our next Green Drinks meeting will be sponsored by Alachua Conservation Trust, and held at Prairie Creek Lodge as a fundraiser for Cinema Verde. Your donations will accrue toward a VIP pass for our upcoming film festival, February 24th to March 2nd, 2012. Join us at Prairie Creek Lodge, November 2nd 2011, 6-9 pm., 7204 SE County Road 234 Gainesville, FL. Come out and network with others who are interested in sustainability and environmental issues.
Saturday November 12, 7-9:30 pm Cinema Verde, our local Audubon Chapter and Paynes Prairie State Preserve will present a viewing of End of the Line, a film about overfishing that we showed at our festival in 2010. The film presents a hard look at how is overfishing impacting the environment, our food and our future. This is the first major feature documentary film to reveal the devastating effect that global over-fishing is having on fish stocks and the health of our oceans and is a wake up call to us all.
Following the film we’ll have a discussion with Cameron Jaggard, a speaker from the Pew Environment Group – the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Cameron will tell us about the issue of surface longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and discuss policy making with an interest in transitioning to more selective fishing practices.
Join us: 7-9:30 p.m., Saturday October 15, 2011 at 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!
More fun stuff:
Cinema Verde had a great day at Boo at the Zoo, Santa Fe College, 3-7 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2011. Thanks for all who came out and to Santa Fe College and the US Green Building Council for putting it together to provide a fun, safe Halloween for the kids in our community!
Cinema Verde will be in the University of Florida Homecoming parade with the bikers team on Friday, November 4th 2011; Come out and march with us (free t-shirt!)!
Plan to celebrate the third anniversary of Green Drinks with us on December 7… location TBA; sponsor, JDPais of Pais Realty. Please join us for fun and celebration of all things Green!
Cinema Verde and Green Drinks appreciate your support – would you like to help us? We are seeking partners and sponsors – please let us know how we can create a win/win with your organization to promote environmental education in our community!
Let us help you showcase your sustainable business or organization at our community events!
Contact Trish Riley, Director: 352-327-3560; Trish@GoGreenNation.org.
Please share our events with friends and in your newsletters: Green Drinks meets the First Wednesday of Each Month at varying sustainable businesses. For location information visit www.GoGreenNation.org — Thank you!
Thank you all so much for your support and interest in Cinema Verde and environmental issues!
Director: Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival
Cinema Verde is a Florida not-for-profit corporation designated as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the IRS: Contributions are tax deductible.Thank you for your support!