The Second Annual Earth Day Focus Environmental Film Festival in Los Angeles, free and open to the public, will feature a Friday-night premiere and a full line-up on Saturday of environmentally-themed films. Reef Check is proud to be one of the partners of this unique film festival, launched by KCET public television in Los Angeles and the independent satellite network Link TV. The festival kicks off Friday night with the West Coast premiere of “Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story” at Sony Studios' Kim Novak Theatre. The film follows a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a captive Asian elephant and set her free.
Saturday's day-long schedule begins at 9:30 a.m. at Laemmle's Santa Monica Film Center in Santa Monica (1332 2nd St) with a series of environmental shorts from UCLA's Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). Four acclaimed films follow — Hulu Original Documentary 'March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step' and National Geographic's 'Jane,' 'The Last Animals,' and 'Evolution of Organic'. The day closes with a screening of two all-new, back-to-back episodes of KCET and Link TV's EARTH FOCUS, the longest running environmental news magazine on U.S. television. The screening will premiere two episodes from the new season, exploring how environmental changes are forcing all living creatures to adapt in order to survive. All films feature introductions and post-screening Q&As with filmmakers and others associated with the film as well as celebrities. General admission tickets are available at KCET.org/green.
“We are committed to bringing environmental awareness and dialogue on multiple platforms through our EARTH FOCUS franchise, and are proud to host the festival as a resource for enlightenment and education,” said Juan Devis, Chief Creative Officer for KCET Link Media Group. “Capitalizing on the success of last year, we've been able to curate an incredible lineup that covers a range of issues impacting the environment today. We hope these films can encourage our community here in Southern California to play a part in helping save our planet for tomorrow.”