On February 2nd - 8th, 2015, several local organizations will partner to present the Fourth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival at Tuckahoe Library, VCU’s Grace Street Theater, the Visual Arts Center, and the Byrd Theatre. The festival will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. This event is free and open to the public.
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The first week of February, 2015, the Enrichmond Foundation, Falls of the James Group – Sierra Club, Capital Region Land Conservancy, EarthCraft Virginia and the James River Green Building Council will join together to present the Fifth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) in and around Richmond, Virginia. The week-long event will showcase films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of our planet. The RVA EFF is also pleased to announce that the Sierra Club, Falls of the James Group will once again sponsor the Local Documentary Contest and supply the cash prizes for a second year. This is in addition to the group’s continued RVA EFF founding sponsorship.
The first year for the Local Documentary Film Contest, RVA EFF organizers were truly impressed by the quality of the submissions. Filmmaker Melissa Lesh won the top $1,000 prize for her short film, “James River Sturgeon”. Because most of the submitted films were focused around the James River, many of them were included in a film series called “Celebration of the James” that has toured Richmond Public Library branches this past summer. A final screening of the series will take place at 2:00pm on September 6 at the Westover Hills Branch of the Richmond Public Library.
Thanks to generous sponsors such as Bon Secours, Whole Foods Market, EarthCraft Virginia, REI, James River Association, Carytown Merchant’s Association, Watershed Architects, Sunflower Solar, and the Sierra Club, Falls of the James Group, the 2014 was free and open to the public.
For submission information for the second annual RVA EFF Local Documentary Contest, sponsorship opportunities and general information on the 2015 RVA EFF, please visit: http://rvaenvironmentalfilmfestival.com/contest/ . More information about the films, guests and speakers, and specific schedules for each day will be made available as the event becomes nearer.
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The RVA Environmental Film Festival, James River Association, and Richmond Public Libraries are proud to present the RPL Local Environmental Film Program, or “Celebration of the James Film Series”. It is kicking off on June 14 at 1:30 pm at the Main Library downtown. It will feature local documentary films about the James River, including some of the winning entries from the RVA Environmental Film Festival 2014 Local Documentary Contest. “James River Sturgeon” (Melissa Lesh), “Belle Isle” (Briget Ganske), “Affair With The James” (Elli Morris), “Dumping Ground To Best River Town” (James River Association), to name a few. We hope to have a few filmmakers at each stop to talk and answer questions, as well as some coloring sheets and displays. It is designed to be a family-friendly environmental education program.
Other dates at other Richmond library branches will be announced soon.
Get ready for a day of family fun as John Tyler Community College presents Fool for Art. The festival will feature more than 80 art and craft vendors, more than 100 hands-on activities and free educational sessions, food, music and much more. For a complete list of vendors and activities, visit www.jtcc.edu/foolforart. Admission is free.
Fool for art will be held at JTCC’s Midlothian Campus at 800 Charter Colony Pkwy on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Starting this year, local and national award-winning films with a green focus will be shown at the festival. These films from the RVA Environmental Film Festival will be shown at noon, 1 PM and 2 PM. More details can be found on the Fool for Art website and in the program.
This is today’s schedule, including the after party at Hardywood.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 – The Byrd Theatre
|1:30 PM||Shored Up – Asks tough questions about our coastal communities|
|3:00 PM||RVA EFF Local Documentary Contest Winners|
|4:45 PM||Revolution – All of our actions are interconnected|
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 – Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
|6:30 PM||RVA EFF after party featuring more local short films.|
|Sponsored by James River Association.|
Due to technical difficulties, Plastic Paradise was not shown at its original scheduled time. The RVA Environmental Film Festival is excited to announce that the screening of Plastic Paradise has been rescheduled for Monday, March 10 at 7:00 PM at Tuckahoe Library!
Plastic Paradise is Angela Sun’s journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way she encounters scientists, industry, legislators and activists who shed light on what our society’s vast consumption of disposable plastic is doing to our oceans, and what it may be doing to our health.
For more details about Tuckahoe Library please see our Venues page.
Today is Day 4 of the 2014 RVA Environmental Film Festival!
This is today’s schedule:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 – The Byrd Theatre
|10:00 AM||The Lorax – Original tale of environmentally self-destructive greed|
|10:25 AM||Disney Nature – Wings of Life – The pollinators carry the essence of life|
|12:00 PM||Guest Speaker – Samantha Gallagher, pollinators presentation|
|12:30 PM||GMO OMG – The systematic takeover and potential loss of seeds|
|2:15 PM||The Human Experiment – The dangers in everyday household products|
|4:00 PM||Nitro & Other Short Films – Nitro is a town that embodies many of West Virginia’s environmental issues|
|5:00 PM||Lost Rivers – Rediscovering the history of lost or forgotten urban rivers|
This is today’s schedule, including our first-ever reception to celebrate the festival.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 – Visual Arts Center
|7:00 PM||Reception with Complimentary Food and Beverages|
|7:30 PM||In Organic We Trust – Exploring the organic food movement|
|8:55 PM||Fairy Shrimp – Short film about this resilient and ancient creature|
|Sponsored by Slow Food RVA|