Blue Planet Film Fest, the first annual Animal-Welfare/Environmental Film Festival and Forum, will be held in Santa Monica over Labor day weekend, September 4-7. The mission of the non-profit festival is to screen films that raise mainstream awareness about the most important issues of our time: saving the earth and ending the suffering of animals at human hands. In order to motivate people to action, Blue Planet will endeavor to do for environmental films what Sundance did for indie films, branding a genre and creating a staple for the average filmgoer.
Blue Planet has many unique elements and will be instituting as many green practices as possible:
Tickets are specially priced at $6.50 each to introduce the festival to a broad audience and enable them to attend as many films as they like for one price during these tough financial times. Student and seniors tickets are just $5.50.
$1 of each ticket sold will be donated to the cause of that film
Blue Planet has partnered with the green ticketing service InTicketing (www.InTicketing.com) to have non-tree produced tickets made of hemp, flax and recycled ticket stock.
InTicketing, which sells a million tickets annually and has over 3,500 clients worldwide, will be planting a tree for every ticket sold at Blue Planet.
Our goal is to revolutionize the film festival dynamic and have the audience participate to effect change with their dollars and actions, said Mira Tweti, the Festivals Executive Director. Blue Planet will be more than an entertaining weekend. Were going to provide both a visual and visceral experience with interactive, hands-on events, on- and off-site, to connect
attendees at an emotional level, and motivate them to action, on a wide range of issues related to animal welfare, wild life, environmental issues, ecology, conservation, sustainable living/non sustainable living, globalization, climate change, factory farming/agriculture issues, water and land.
The four days of themed films and events will be as follows:
ANIMAL DAY (OPENING Day), Friday, September 3 — Features films on animal issues and two live afternoon events with pelicans and parrots! Following a morning of marine-wildlife films, audience members will be invited to participate in a beach-release of rehabbed waterfowl with the International Bird Research and Rescue Center (www.IBRRC.org) which rescues, rehabs and releases thousands of oiled and injured birds a year at their San Pedro, Calif. facility. Lunch will be served in the carousel on the Santa Monica Pier afterwards. In the afternoon, following a film about parrot welfare, Lily Sanctuary (www.lilysanctuary.org) will join and bring rescued birds to illustrate the problems involved with keeping parrots.
WATER DAY, Saturday, September 5 — Addresses issues from the mountains to the sea, drinking water shortages and drought. Films will trace drinking water from its source to our taps and how runoff and pollution affect the oceans and the wildlife found there. Following the films there will be interactive events for audience members to participate in and learn from about the water issues theyve just viewed.
LAND DAY, Sunday, September 6 — Will highlight films about eco- sustainable and unsustainable land use, urban farmers growing edible and drought resistant gardens in the inner city (three of the films take place here in LA) and audience participation workshops with the farmers featured in the films. Each workshop attendee will take home a personal garden and autograph from that farmer in the hopes they will expand it and replace their water-guzzling lawns with an edible or native flora, drought-resistant garden.
FUTURE DAY, Monday, September 7 — Will feature films throughout the evening that offer solutions for what we can do, individually and collectively, to turn our environmental crisis around. And there will also be films on global warming and other issues that show us what we can look forward to if we dont act now. The choice of which future we want is ours to make.
The Fests complex is made up of the combined theater spaces of the Santa Monica Playhouse at 1211 4th street and the grand, historic Santa Monica Bay Womens Club directly across the street at 1210 4th street, just south of Wilshire. There will be a box office at each theater.
Schedule information and ticket sales will be available this week at www.BluePlanetFilmFest.com or at the Womens Club box office beginning Thursday, September 3rd.
Blue Planet Film Fest is one of the few environmental/animal-welfare film festivals in the world. Of more than 5,300 worldwide festivals, there are less than 60 that solely focus
on these issues. Blue Planet will be an annual event in Los Angeles with plans to travel the fest to New York, Chicago, London, Paris and other cities to create a global film festival forum.
Blue Planet is a 501c3 non-profit project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (www.SaveOurPlanet.org).
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