The 2008 Green Reel Environmental Film Festival

VAUGHAN, ON – The City Playhouse will roll out the “Green” carpet on January 4 & 5, 2008 for The 2008 Green Reel Environmental Film Festival.  The festival features an environmentally-themed collection of award-winning international documentaries, mainstream Hollywood entertainment and independent productions. The schedule of over twenty films includes several free screenings which are sponsored, in part, courtesy of the David Suzuki Foundation, the National Film Board of Canada, Joe Public Films and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  The list of films include “A Crude Awakening : The Oil Crash”, ‘The Edge of Eden: Living With Grizzlies”, “Black Gold” and “Who Killed The Electric Car?”, Michael Moore’s controversial “Sicko”, the Award Winning “Being Caribou” and the powerful Canadian documentary “Toxic Trespass”.


Over 20 environmental vendors and community organizations will be
showcasing their products and services in the theatre lobby area during
the two day event.  Participants include the City of Vaughan, Women’s
Healthy Environments Network, The Ontario Ministry of Energy, Organic
Baby World, and Cathy’s Crawly Composters.

Tickets are $4 per person for each screening, $10 for a day pass or a
Festival pass is $18 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the City
Playhouse Box Office 905-882-SHOW (7469).

JANUARY 4, 2008                                                                    
8:30am   – Global Submissions   – free screening
10:00am – Being Caribou / Arkelope  – free screening
12:00pm – Who Killed The Electric Car?
2:00pm   – Out Of Balance : Exxon Mobil’s Impact On Climate Change  – free screening
3:30pm   – God Grew Tired of Us
5:30pm    – Exposure: Environmental Links To Breast Cancer – free screening
7:00pm    – The Future Of Food – free screening
9:00pm    – SICKO                            

JANUARY 5, 2008
8:30am   – Global Submissions  – free screening
10:00am – The Edge of Eden: Living With Grizzlies  – free screening
11:30am – Freedom Fuels  – free screening
1:00pm   – A Crude Awakening : The Oil Crash
3:00pm   – Build Green  – free screening
4:00pm  – Toxic Trespass  – free screening
6:00pm  – Black Gold
7:30pm – Weather Report – free screening
9:00pm   – SICKO

Global Submissions : A collection of short films from environmentalists
around the world including Canada, The USA, Austrailia, India and
Italy.  A dozen films in all! See them seperately or catch the
omnibus!  90 minutes Free Screening

Being Caribou: Newlyweds Leanne Allison and Karsten Heuer spend 5
months following the migration of 120,000 caribou from central Yukon to
the Alaska coast and back. Award winning film making from the National
Film Board of Canada!
Screening with 1994 animated short Arkelope (NFB). (2005) Canada. 72 minutes Free Screening

Who Killed The Electric Car?:  America’s first electric car was
launched by GM in 1997. The first perfect car of the modern age
requiring no gas, no oil, no mufflers or brake changes. By 2003 they
were all gone. Why? Official Selection of 2006 Sundance Film Festical.
Narrated by Martin Sheen.  (2006) USA 91 minutes

Out Of Balance: ExxonMobil’s Impact On Climate Change: The shocking
influence that the largest company in the world has on governments, the
media and citizens and what can be done about global warming. This film
not only critiques ExxonMobil, it also offers challenging, large-scale
ideas for the global social changes that must take place if there’s any
chance of having a livable planet for future generations.  (2006) USA 
60 minutes Free Screening

God Grew Tired Of Us:  Three former refugees from war-torn Sudan are
transplanted into America where they experience culture shock and a
myriad of hardship. The boys react to and question the conventions and
modern “comforts” of their new home. Their character and integrity
raises questions about the conditions necessary to create a civilized
society.  Narrated by Nicole Kidman. Grand Jury Prize- Sundance Film
Festival  (2007) USA 89 minutes

EXPOSURE: Environmental Links To Breast Cancer: This film raises
awareness around the little understood, long-term connections between
environment, health and disease prevention. It offers strategies for
dealing with current unacceptable environmental health conditions and
for generating the social and political changes needed for a cleaner
safer world. Winner Best Health Film –NYC Independent Festival (1998)
Canada.  53 minutes. Free Screening

The Future Of Food:  An in-depth investigation into the disturbing
truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that
have quietly filled Canadian and US grocery store shelves for the past
decade. From the Saskatchewan prairie, to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico,
this film gives voice to farmers whose lives and livelyhoods have been
negatively impacted by this new technology. Multiple award winner! 
(2004) USA 88 minutes. Free Screening

Sicko:  If you want to stay healthy in America, don’t get sick.
Following on the heels of his Palm d’Or winning ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and
his Oscar winning film, ‘Bowling For Columbine’, acclaimed filmmaker
Michael Moore’s new documentary sets out to investigate the American
healthcare system. Sticking to his tried-and-true one-man approach,
Moore sheds light on the complicated medical affairs of individuals and
local communities. This might hurt a little. (2007) USA 123 minutes.

The Edge of Eden : Living With Grizzlies:  The grizzly bear is
considered to be the most dangerous animal in the world. Canadian
Charlie Russell resucues two orphaned cubs destined for death in a
squalid Russian zoo. Having raised grizzly cubs for 10 years in the
Southern Kamchatka penninsula, Charlie becomes surrogate mother to the
bears to teach them everything they need to survive a life in the wild.
Will it be enough? (2007) Canada/UK 89 minutes. Free Screening.

Freedom Fuels:  An in-depth look at renewable fuel sources, such as
bio-diesel, ethanol and vegetable oil. It explores the interaction of
the petroleum industry and alternative fuels over the last 150 years,
and examines the global impact that bio-fuels can have on our future.
Appearances by Darryl Hannah & Willie Nelson. Produced and Directed
by Martin O’Brien (2006) USA  50 minutes Free Screening.

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash: The story of how our civilization’s
addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Today the
US imports more than two-thirds of its oil and has only 2% of the
world’s oil reserves. As cheap, abundant oil starts to run out, the
world is set to change in the next 20 years. What happens then?  (2007)
UK 85 minutes

Build Green: This film advises making the sun, the wind and the rain –
along with dirt, straw and sewage – your friends. By building a house
using innovative practices and materials, you’ll be doing the earth a
favour and saving you big bucks! Hosted by David Suzuki with Randy
Bachman. (2007) Canada 50 minutes. Free Screening

Toxic Tresspass:  How Safe our Your Children?  When carcinogens like
benzene and DDT are found in her 10 year old daughter, intrepid
filmmaker Barri Cohen heads out to Windsor and Sarnia:  Canadian toxic
hotspots where she discovers startling levels of respiratory illness,
leukemia, brain tumours and other illnesses.  A moving documentary
about survival in a toxic world, Toxic Trespass is distributed in the
community by Women’s Healthy Environments Network. 2007) Canada  83
minutes Free Screening

Black Gold: A moving and eye-opening look into the 80 billion dollar
global coffee industry, where the spoils of overpriced lattes and
cappuccinos are sparsely shared with the farmers who make it all
possible.  While multinational coffee companies get rich, the prices
paid to coffee farmers are so low that many have been forced into
extreme poverty.
(2007) UK 77 minutes

Weather Report: This film takes us on a journey to the frontlines of
our climate changing world in the Canadian Arctic, Montana, Northern
Kenya, China and India, visiting communities and ordinary people whose
lives and livelihoods are being impacted in the most dramatic ways
(2007) Canada 75 minutes. Free Screening

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