Film festival with a focus on the environment begins today

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Loretto Hospital Foundation, state Rep. Camille Lilly and state Sen. Don Harmon invite the public to attend the sixth annual One Earth Film Festival. The festival runs through March 12.

Here are the films that will be shown on the West Side:

Growing Cities
Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette/2013/60 min/Food-Agriculture
Saturday, March 4, 12 p.m.
Chicago Public Library, Austin Branch

FILM DESCRIPTION: Take a road trip with the filmmakers to meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. Urban farmers are producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.

Can You Dig This?
Delila Vallot/2015/84 min/Food-Agriculture
Saturday, March 4, 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago
Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m.
St. Paul & the Redeemer Church, Chicago

FILM DESCRIPTION:  South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

Years of Living Dangerously: A Race Against Time
David Gelber, JoelBach and more/2016/50 min/Energy
Saturday, March 11, 12 p.m.
Loretto Hospital, Chicago
Saturday, March 11, 3 p.m.
Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

FILM DESCRIPTION: David Letterman travels to India for the first time to find out what the world’s soon-to-be most populous country is going to do to expand its inadequate energy grid. “Saturday Night Live” cast member Cecily Strong travels to Florida and Nevada to investigate what’s blocking the growth of solar energy in the U.S.

Closing Celebration
Sunday, March 123 to 5 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

The festival’s closing celebration will include a “films experience.” Don’t miss the chance to reminisce with friends about the films you saw and the ideas that changed your life for the better.

Connect with others who want to do their part to make a habitable and healthy world for the next generation. Enjoy food, drink, mingling, and a short program, including the Virtual Reality film experience provided by Conservation International.

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