One Earth Film Festival celebrating its fifth year

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From March 4-6, One Earth Film Festival will be showcasing 35+ films and more than 40 screenings throughout the Oak Park-River Forest area.

For the fifth straight year, the festival will be shedding light on some top-issue environmental films accompanied by engaging festival programming. One film in particular, called “Saving My Tomorrow,” focuses on the importance of preserving the Earth for the children who will inherit it. The festival will also feature two inspiring documentaries that tell “trash-to-treasure” stories. “Landfill Harmonic” and “Garbage Warrior” tell rich stories of creating art from scraps, and transforming garbage into sustainable homes.

In addition to various screenings, the Oak Park Art League (OPAL) is calling on local artists for its gallery exhibition, Discarded to Regarded, in which artists will submit their creations made from found objects or recycled materials. OPAL is hoping to raise awareness about recycling and reducing litter through the mediums of art and film. Artists can begin submitting their creations starting Feb. 6.

One Earth Film Festival is open to all ages and screenings are free, with the option of a $5 donation per film. To help gear up for the festival, One Earth is hosting advance screenings throughout the month of February.

Advance screenings will take place at the following locations:

Thursday Feb. 11, 7 p.m.: “This Changes Everything,” Dominican University, Lund Auditorium.

Tuesday Feb. 23, 7 p.m.: “Landfill Harmonic.” Loyola University, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd.

Wednesday Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.: “The Breach,” Forest Park Public Library.

Thursday Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.: “Bea Johnson’s Zero Waste Lifestyle & My Stuff,” River Forest Public Library.

Tickets to the advance screenings are expected to go fast as seating is very limited.

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