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One Earth Film Festival brings its message to Triton, the Pickwick, Oak Park, River Forest and beyond


With films being shown in locations such as Triton College, Dominican University, the Oak Park Public Library and the Pickwick Theatre, the One Earth Film Festival will feature a wide variety of offerings this year.

In its eighth year, the festival states a goal to “educate, connect and activate audiences around sustainability issues and solutions,” according to its website,

At Triton College in River Grove, “Dirt Rich,” a film highlighting various strategies to put carbon back into soil to help reverse effects of global warming, will be shown. The film will be shown March 9, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the college’s R Building Performing Arts Center, 2000 Fifth Ave., in River Grove.

The festival features screenings in Chicago, and films will also be shown in River Forest, Oak Park and Park Ridge. Check for information, including admission cost for some of the presentations.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 28, “Living the Change” will be shown at Dominican University in River Forest.

At 10 a.m. March 2 at the Lake Theatre in Oak Park, “Living in the Future’s Past” will be shown.

At 10 a.m. March 2 at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, “Youth Unstoppable” will be shown.

At 1 p.m. March 2 at the Oak Park Public Library, “Why We Cycle” will be shown.

At 7 p.m. March 2 at Good Earth Greenhouse in River Forest, “Dreaming of a Vetter World” will be shown.

At 12:30 p.m. March 3, “Paris to Pittsburgh” will be shown at St. Giles Church in Oak Park.

At 4 p.m. March 3, “Tawai: A Voice from the Forest” will be shown at Unity Temple in Oak Park.

At 6:30 p.m. March 5, “Roundup Facing its Judges” is to be shown at the Oak Park Public Library.

At 6 p.m. March 6 at the Oak Park Public Library, “Youth Unstoppable” will be shown.

At 9:15 a.m. March 9 at Thatcher Woods Pavilion in River Forest, “Earth and Sky Friends” will be shown.

At 10 a.m. March 9, “The Human Element” will be shown at the Lake Theatre in Oak Park.

At 11 a.m. March 9, Thatcher Woods Pavilion will host “Backyard Wilderness.

At 4 p.m. March 9, Thatcher Woods Pavilion will host “Inventing Tomorrow.”

At 10:30 a.m. March 10, Thatcher Woods Pavilion will host “Call of the Forest.”

Adrian Fisher, sustainability coordinator for Triton College and a facilitator for the documentary screening, said they are excited to serve as one of the hosts for the festival.

“Sustainability is a very high priority for Triton College,” she said. “This is expressed in our curriculum, the way we enrich our campus, and partnerships and outreach to the community.”

Marcy Cravat, who directed “Dirt Rich”, said showing the documentary in the Chicago area is important because “there are things people can do, even within cities, that make a big difference.”

Cravat turned to examples that involve offering the public organic food options by way of organic restaurants, grocers, farmers markets or urban gardens and said she wishes more people were allowed to “make that choice, so they’re not supporting the GMO/pesticide/chemical-driven crops and the industrial meat-raising on industrial meat farms.”

She disputed the idea that turning to organic food is only a viable option for those with greater disposable incomes.

“I don’t think people understand why economics are as they are,” Cravat said. “If people understood that what’s in demand is what’s supplied, the prices will come down by sheer volume of demand.”

Cravat said she thinks the film casts a wide net to attract viewers.

“They watch it, and they realize that because they eat food, they’re way more connected to the subject than they thought they were,” she said.

After the film, viewers will get the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session and learn of ways to take action to support the cause.

“I think it would be a great film for anyone interested in gardening, anyone interested in how we can help solve climate change, and anyone who wants to learn more about how people are working with nature,” Fisher said.