Westwood’s Fourth Annual “Green Screen” -- a week-long festival of fascinating and informative environmental films -- will kick off on January 31, 2013 and run through February 6, 2013 at the Westwood Cinema, 182 Center Avenue, Westwood, NJ - OR - at the Westwood Public Library, 49 Park Avenue, Westwood, NJ.
The breathtaking new documentary, Chasing Ice (80 minutes), will be shown for the first time in Northern New Jersey. Chasing Ice tells the story of National Geographic photographer and former climate skeptic James Balog, who uses time-lapse cameras to capture glaciers in motion as they disappear at an astonishing rate. The film earned Best Cinematography at Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary by the Environmental Media Association. To be shown at Westwood Cinema, at 8:00 p.m. Co-sponsors Harriet Shugarman of ClimateMama, and Rosemary Dreger Carey of Pascack Sustainability & 350.orgNJ will lead a discussion after the film. Tickets: $10.
PLANEAT (72 mins.) -- The story of a search for a diet that is good for our health and good for the future of the planet. Through personal interviews with a top scientist, a leading physician, world class chefs and farmers, the film explores the link between diet and disease, and how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones. PLANEAT will be shown on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Westwood Cinema. Tickets: $10.
Dear Governor Cuomo (75 mins.) -- This award-winning documentary uses music and cautionary narrative to explain the threats of the controversial energy drilling process known as “fracking” and to motivate people to rise up against the practice. With music-direction by Natalie Merchant, the film features actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber, and musicians Joan Osborne, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin and Wood and The Felice Brothers. Dear Governor Cuomo will be shown on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Westwood Cinema. Tickets: $10. Co-sponsor Matt Smith of Food & Water Watch NJ will provide information before and after the film.
In addition to the films shown at Westwood Cinema, the Green Screen Film Festival will feature free documentary films and opportunities for discussion at the Westwood Public Library, 49 Park Ave., Westwood NJ:
Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic? (78 mins.) What started as a documentary about plastic bags evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. Discussion after film will include an invitation to join the Bag It movement and decide for yourself how plastic your life will be. Sat. Feb. 2, 2013 2:00 p.m. Westwood Public Library. Admission: Free. Co-sponsors Pascack Sustainability & 350.orgNJ will lead a discussion after the film.
FRESH (72 mins.) celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system by forging healthier, sustainable alternatives. Sunday Feb. 03, 2013 3:00 pm at Westwood Public Library. Co-sponsor Pascack Sustainability and local farmer Guy Jones of Blooming Hill Farm and the Ramsey Farmers Market will lead a discussion after the film. Admission: Free.
IDLE THREAT (60 mins.) is an inspiring documentary film about one man’s resilient struggle with the NYPD to enforce a 38 year-old anti-engine idling law in order to reduce air pollution and battle global warming. Against all odds, he succeeds and in the process, gets worldwide recognition, and improves the quality of life in New York. To be shown: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 7:00 p.m. Westwood Public Library. Admission: Free.
All films are priced separately or are free.The price of all six films plus the Pre-Film Reception at Bibi’z Restaurant is $35. For a full schedule and pricing information, or to purchase tickets, go to: http://westwoodpubliclibrary.weebly.com/ and click on Green Screen.