Friday, June 29, 2012

Cinema Verde Award

Mad City Chickens has been awarded Cinema Verde’s Most Engaging for 2012. Thanks! Environmental films can be depressing, so it's a welcome change to have a more -light-hearted approach.

Deep Green won Best in Show at Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival; Confessions of an EcoTerrorist took the Audience Choice award. I loved it.

The Cinema Verde Film and Arts Festival has released the list of names and award winners for films included in the 2012 film festival, with Deep Green receiving the Best in Show award.

During the eight day festival, hundreds of attendees participated in an eco-fair, art walk, art exhibits, premiere Vintage Verde fashion show, and a multitude of films presented at Villa East, thanks to Cinema Verde’s generous sponsors, Celebrations Catering and Sound Ideas, which provided a state-of-the-art audio system.  

Directed, produced, and written by Matt Briggs, Deep Green is a 57-minute solutions oriented documentary exhibiting the best worldwide applications in energy efficiency, green building, de-carbonizing transportation, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, smart grids, and forest restoration. Mr. Briggs joined us in Gainesville for the screening of Deep Green on the final night of Cinema Verde 2012, and while in town he visited with several classes at area middle schools. “I impacted more than 500 people through the schools,” Briggs said, very pleased. “I gave each student a copy of my film and asked them to make sure to pass it along to another person when they’ve watched it.” 

Peter Brown, Director of Audience Choice award winner Confessionsof an Eco-Terrorist, also visited Cinema Verde, on hand for the VIP Reception Opening Night and staying for three days so he could speak with audiences following the film’s screening. He also visited the student group Gators Going Green at the University of Florida. “These college guys are my biggest fans,” said the star of Whale Wars, a television series much like the film, documenting the escapades of the Sea Shepherd vessels that troll the seas protecting wildlife from greedy poachers. 

A complete list of the Cinema Verde Award winners follows and trailers of the awarded films can be viewed at our website.

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