Love Dirty Movies?

No, not those types of dirty movies, but perverted thoughts well noted!

Having recently moved back to our nation’s capital, I have been on the lookout for all the cool happenings around the city, and was so happy to run across this one. While I do not consider myself to be a movie aficionado by any means (in fact, the last time I went to an actual movie theater was about a year ago), I was glad to find out about the DC Environmental Film Festival running from March 16-28th, as it not only combines my love for all things green and sustainable, but also food.

The festival offers about 155 films, several of which are purely about soil (as in Dirt! The Movie, released in 2009), and plenty more about what’s growing in it. Check out the trailer for Dirt! The Movie.

The films will include documentaries, animated and children’s films, as well as experimental films and will host about 70 world premieres! What’s great about a lot of these viewings is that the producers or filmmakers will often be in attendance, and will host discussions after the screenings.

The main theme of this year’s festival is about the relationship between what we eat and where it comes from, and the challenges of feedings the world’s population sustainably.  While I do buy organic and support local co-ops and farmer’s markets, I’m eager to learn more about the process and the relationship between what goes in our mouth and the environment it comes from.

Some of the ones I am aiming to see are:

What’s on Your Plate? Told from the point of view of two 11 year olds from New York City, as they a closer look at the food systems and food sources in The Big Apple and surrounding areas.

Dirt! The Movie and Soil in Good Heart, both which highlight the key role of topsoil in creating nourishing food.

Nora! A documentary that profiles Washington restauranteur Nora Pouillon, founder of the nation’s first certified organic restaurant, Restaurant Nora (and one my favorites here in the district!). I love that after 30 years, she continues to advocate an organic lifestyle that is the foundation for both her cuisine and her commitment to eating and living sustainably.  

Homegrown is about the Dervaes family as they go through the unique rigors of cultivating an organic farm in the middle of Pasadena, CA—managing to carve out a modest living on less than a quarter of an urban acre. Kind of like a modern “Little House on the Prairie”. I hope to really be inspired by this one, as I’ve just moved into a new home with a big, grassy yard (a first for me!), and have been patiently waiting for spring to arrive so I can jumpstart my vegetable and herb gardens.

And just for fun, The Legend of Pale Male, the true story of the 18 year love affair between New Yorkers and a hawk that control Central Park.

In its’ 18th year, the festival offers all the movies in different venues throughout the city, and a majority of the films are being offered free of charge.  So, not only do you get to check out some of the cities coolest spots, but also learn a thing or two about the connection between food and the environment. Hope to see you at one or two!

For tickets and schedule info, check out Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

Learn more about  Laura at Green with Envy Events

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