The One Earth Film Festival will present seven films in Lake County March 3-10, sharing thought-provoking films within the theme "This is the Moment," underscoring the importance of timely action as the effects of climate change intensify across the planet.
All Lake County film showings are free and open to the public, with a suggested $7 donation. Attendees also will learn of opportunities to support or register for local environmental efforts. The Lake County screenings will take place at the following dates and locations:
March 3 at 2 p.m.: "Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild After the Wildfire" and "Straws" at Prairie Crossing Charter School, 1531 Jones Point Rd., Grayslake. "Searching" shows the rapid comeback of the wild in forests after wildfire in the Western U.S. and beyond, and makes a case for saving publicly owned forests from large-scale logging. "Straws" examines the problem of plastic pollution, including how Americans use each day an estimated 500 million plastic drinking straws that are not recyclable.
March 4 at 2 p.m.: "Food for Thought, Food for Life" and "Unbroken Ground: Revolutions Start from the Bottom Up" at the Koenig Center at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple St., Libertyville. "Food for Thought" explains the downsides of current agribusiness practices and introduces farmers, chefs, researchers, educators and advocates who are providing solutions. "Unbroken Ground" examines four pioneering groups working in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing.
March 6 at 7 p.m.: "Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution" at Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest. Director James Redford, an award-winning filmmaker and son of Robert Redford, shows how clean energy creates jobs, turns profits and makes communities stronger and healthier.
March 7 at 6:30 p.m.: "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste," in the A011 Auditorium on the College of Lake County's Grayslake Campus. The film explores the magnitude of food waste and how it contributes to climate change. Top national chefs, including Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali, offer tips on how to turn perceived "food scraps" into tasty dishes.
March 9, 6:30 p.m.: "Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution" (see above) in the A011 Auditorium at the College of Lake County.
March 10, 2 p.m.: "Dolores," in the Ray Bradbury Room of the Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan. The film tells the story of Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the first farmworkers' unions with Cesar Chavez and continues the fight today at age 87.
March 10, 10 a.m.: "Kokota: The Islet of Hope" in the Blackbox Theatre at Warren Township High School, 34090 Almond Rd., Gurnee. The film tells the story of how Kokota Mbarouk Mussa Omar, who lives on a small, East African Island, helps a neighboring islet teetering toward collapse from climate change and deforestation.
View film descriptions and links to trailers at www.oneearthfilmfest.org/lake-county-films-2018. Lake County sponsors include: Citizens Climate Lobby; College of Lake County; Faith in Place; Gorton Community Center; Lake County Green Congregations; Prairie Crossing Charter School; Warren Township High School;Wild Ones: Lake to Prairie Chapter; and the Sierra Club.
For more information, call David Husemoller, CLC sustainability manager, at (847) 543-2643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.