I am very honored to be a partner, contributor, and panelist for the 9th edition of the Green Me Film Festival. This year it will take place at the CinemaxX (Potsdamer Platz) in Berlin from Friday 29th of January until Sunday the 31st. This year’s focus is set on the thematic trio Ocean- Life-Water.
Over 30 featured films and documentaries addressing the following topics: Ocean, Life and water will be screened. This year’s festival features several special highlights such as Academy Award-Winner “Racing Extinction”, Emmy Award Winner documentary “Mission Blue”, which exposes legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle’s work.
Ron Finley’s “Can You Dig This” which is a personal favorite documentary as it focuses on my dear friend and colleague, Ron Finley or otherwise known as the Gangsta Garner and explores the urban gardening revolution taking place in South Central Los Angeles.
In addition to fantastic films that will be screened, there will be discussion panels which include the film directors, experts and environmentalists to discuss topic relevant issues and sustainability.
Our younger audience will be delighted to see productions such as “Ponyo”, a Japanese animation movie or Oscar Nominee movie “Song of the Sea”, perfectly suited for a family day. Children up to 14 years old are admitted free of charge.
The Green Me film festival is a non-profit event and was put together with the help of its partners and the team of volunteers. The festival does not receive any state subsidies.
This year, Auma Obama, sociologist, germanist and expert on environmental questions gave a moving speech as the documentary The Salt of the Earth received the Green Me Award for best documentary. Auma Obama and the German minister for environment Barbara Hendricks presented the award to the awe-inspiring film director, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.
On a personal note, I am particularly fond of this sustainability festival and received the Green Me Award for my international work in sustainability, specifically my work in Germany in the renewable energy field. I have implemented many wind and solar farms throughout the Country since the early 90’s and helped to create the first feed-in-tariff program. I was very honored to have received the award from both the German Consulate General Los Angeles and the Green Me Film Festival for my ecological and sustainable achievements.
Thank you to everyone who came out this past week to support the UN Film Festival. And many thanks to those who came out to support Brave Miss World. The audience and those who shared their own personal stories of triumph and courage moved me immensely. See you all next year! I can’t tell you how proud I am to be a board member of the UNA Pasadena. #iambrave
The 4th Annual UNA Pasadena Film Festival will be hosted at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theater on October 22-23! The festival will spotlight Brave Miss World, Urban Fruit and ten more fantastic documentaries that delve into international issues and how people locally and globally are fighting for and finding solutions!
I have the honor of introducing and presenting, the Emmy nominated documentary, Brave Miss World. It is a film about, “One woman’s quest to turn personal tragedy into global awareness.” My friend, Amy Malin, will accompany me for the screening and a Q&A following the film. We both hope you can make it. It will be screened at 7:30pm at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 on October 22nd. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the film or the festival.