Two weeks ago, Green Screen kicked off its 6th year as part of the film season, but this year was different. Green Screen officially launched on November 1st as a Film Festival and with this new status created an even larger platform to share their passion for film and further expand the use of this creative medium to educate the public and ignite discussion on environmental and sustainability issues.
Green Screen – The Environmental Film Festival showcased critically acclaimed films – local, regional and international – at free public events and school screenings in various locations from Digicel IMAX, to Dinner & A Movie at San Antonio Farms, Movie Night under the stars at the Botanic Gardens and the Natural Landmark- San Fernando Hill. Screenings were accompanied by Q&A’s with international film directors and panel discussions that featured local activists as well as the co-founder of Greenpeace Bobbi Hunter.
As a catalyst for positive change, Green Screen held their first Big Picture Panel Discussion on the Beverage Container Bill which provided a forum for an open, unbiased and progressive exploration on one of the components of an integrated waste management plan.
In the coming months, Green Screen, with the input of key stakeholders will propose a revised bill in hopes that a national policy can be implemented to manage used beverage containers.
Another major highlight of this year’s festival was the project ‘Films For A Better Place’. This new element of the festival will continue in an effort to facilitate and foster local filmmakers. If you haven’t seen these short documentaries as yet, look out for them in upcoming screenings in 2017!
Green Screen – a film festival that believes in the power of film to inspire individuals into action on crucial environmental issues; a film festival that believes that local filmmakers need to be given further opportunities to refine and develop their skills and have a platform to tell local, relevant and relatable stories; a film festival that will rise to the occasion on educating the public on Conservation, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Social Justice and Sustainable Development.
To all of our sponsors – the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Trinidad & Tobago Film Company Limited, Sagicor General, Atlantic, Vemco, and our new and continuing partners and volunteers- Thank You for giving us the opportunity! And to all of our supporters who’ve attended the events, who’ve become an active participant in doing your part because you understand the Big Picture- Thank you!
Thank you for making Green Screen – The Environmental Film Festival a success!
Films For A Better Place
Quiet Revolution by Rhonda Chan Soo and Edward Inglefield focuses on Wa Samaki Ecosystems, a Permaculture-based farm in Freeport, Trinidad. The farm has become a teaching and learning hub for ecological agriculture and sustainable community-based living.
The Trouble with Plastic by Maya Cross-Lovelace looks at plastic waste management in Trinidad. It examines the extent to which plastic has become ingrained into our lives without real consideration of how much waste we generate or where it goes.
Green & Yellow by Miquel Galofré features intimate conversations with homeless people around Port of Spain. The film shows homeless people as a neglected part of the social environment, separated from society, and attempts to bridge that barrier.
Horse by Ozy Merrique explores the work and artistic practice of Damien Agostini. The artist works with ‘found’ wood and transforms them into one-of-a-kind sculptures. The film looks at conservation and recycling from a creative’s point of view
Teach a Man, by Carver Bacchus, Founder and Director of Green Screen, highlights the plight of a fisherman in La Brea, south Trinidad. With beautiful images and candid interviews, it discusses the increasing difficulty fisherfolk face due to decreasing catches, pollution and fish kills – and the resulting precariousness of their livelihoods.