I am very excited for Earth Day Texas 2017 happening in Dallas’ Fair Park. I remember Earth Day as a kid growing up in Hawaii and everything we could do to recycle and take care of the planet. I am so glad to see how important the planet is to many of us and to educate our own children about Earth Day and encouraging the next generation of scientists and educators to help save the planet. I am very excited to see the festival debut of EARTHxFilm showcasing the first time this event will have a film festival.
I am very excited to see the first film of the festival Chasing Coral which will be showing opening night at 7:30 pm and again on 4/22 at 12:30 pm. Per the website, Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
EARTHxFilm, presented by Earth Day Texas (EDTx), Dallas’ first environmental film festival, will debut at Fair Park April 20-23 with 18 feature films, 33 shorts, 5 virtual reality (VR) projects, and 6 works in progress that explore conservation, climate change and the environment.
Earth Day Texas CEO Ryan Brown said, “Creating EARTHxFilm within Earth Day Texas is an opportunity to use the power of film to greatly enhance our mission to educate the public about the reality of our planet’s environment, as well as to better illustrate the possibilities going forward further inspiring people to take action in a personal way. This impressive slate of films, projects, and panels, does all of that as well as being very entertaining.”
Exploring highly charged topics such as the state of the oceans and rivers, our food and water sources, clean energy, GMOs, sustainable farming, overwhelming plastic pollution, threats to our national security due to rising sea levels, and more, EARTHxFilm will feature official selections, special presentations, works in progress, short film programs, Film4Climate competition winners from World Bank, Rainforest Partnerships Films for the Forest, Shorts, and Virtual Reality.
EARTHxFilm Founder/President, Michael Cain, added, “We have been fortunate in our very first year to secure award-winning films, provocative films, and some very entertaining and exciting cinema with a focus on the environment. We are offering up a number of first-look opportunities for our audiences to see films and projects that have the potential to make a real difference in people’s lives in the future. The caliber of filmmakers and organizations who are supporting our inaugural effort only highlights the immediacy of the issues we face and the real quest for viable solutions that films help provide.”
In addition to groundbreaking works, the festival will include free outdoor screenings for families, and a number of special screenings and works in progress. Of interest on a local level is Beau Ethridge and Daniel Nanasi’s WHERE’S THE FOOD? (WTF?), which will combine key clips and footage from their film, and a panel discussion by the principals featured in the film, about the sustainable solutions to the food deserts plaguing Dallas, Texas, where 500,000 people are food insecure.
Festival passes and tickets are on-sale now at earthxfilm.org.
Other events happening with the festival include:
EARTHxFilm Bonton Farms:
Pop-up Restaurant Vegan Farm to Table Dinner – April 17 from 6 to 9 pm – cost: $100- Get your tickets here!
The pop up restaurant will feature a unique menu curated by Cafe Momentum Chef Chad Houser. This event will feature the soul stylings of Quentin Moore along with craft beer and wine pairings with Chef Houser’s offerings.
Get more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-587-6757
Where’s the Food?! Film Screening & Panel
Special Presentation and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, April 18, 6 pm
2001 Flora Street, Dallas 75201
Free, donations suggested
Join us for an EARTHxFilm sneak peek of clips from WHERE’S THE FOOD! and a Panel Discussion with Dallas-based filmmakers and subjects from the film. WHERE’S THE FOOD?! is a documentary (in production) and a transmedia movement focused on creating awareness and sustainable outcomes to food deserts in Dallas by showing stories of the people and organizations taking action toward solutions as well as vignetting families affected by the issue. On Tuesday, April 18, it will be a special complimentary EARTHxFilm pre-event in partnership with the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Opening Night Green Tie Screening Event – Chasing Coral
Thursday, April 20, 7 pm
909 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
$10, VIP $45
Join us for EARTHxFilm’s Opening Night Green Tie Event, including a screening of CHASING CORAL, a stunning green carpet made from recycled fishing nets and special receptions. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
EARTHxFilm Global Gala
Friday, April 21, 6 p.m
Fair Park: Texas Discovery Gardens
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Dallas 75210
The star-studded evening will celebrate progress, hope, and innovation in a global shift toward a sustainable and secure future. An amazing group of supporters will attend the event including Dr. Leonel Fernandez, Louie Psihoyos, Jamie Redford, Stephen Nemeth, Sylvia Earle, Jon Bowermaster and countless others.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
EARTHxFilm, presented by Earth Day Texas
Friday, April 21, 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.