One Earth Film Festival calls on audiences to turn the tide on the climate crisis | Chicago Reel

One Earth Film Festival returns March 4-13, 2022 for its 11th festival season with 17 carefully curated film events that will stream online, with a number of in-person screenings at Chicago-based venues.

The 2022 Festival kicks off with its annual launch party on Friday March 4 which will offer live and virtual participation.

For this year’s theme, the Festival has chosen Reverse to highlight the urgency of the global climate crisis and the need for individuals and communities around the world to take action to change the catastrophic course of the planet. From wildfires in suburban Colorado to deep freezes in the normally temperate Pacific Northwest, to city-leveling tornadoes in the south-central and unprecedented flooding in New York City, every region of the country faces climate-related threats.

“Since its inception, One Earth Film Festival has emphasized the importance of acting collectively,” said the festival director. Ana Garcia Doyle noted. “Cinema is a powerful means of stimulating us towards social change and collective action. Much of environmental communication relies heavily on data, but that won’t change hearts. The stories told through the film invoke our empathy and stimulate our will to act. We must stick together to repel the wave of disasters that is rushing at us. The urgency is now. »

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The films screened during the festival encompass a range of environmental topics and themes that will take viewers around the planet: “Life at 50 degrees”, which reveals how extreme temperatures around the world are wreaking havoc on nature, forcing climate migration, causing water shortages and triggering dangerous health conditions for “On the fence: a fight for clean air”, an urgent call for justice in low-income communities in Philadelphia.

Other highlights of the festival are a virtual watch party for the young children’s shorts program at 11 a.m. on March 5. The Young Filmmakers Competition Awards Celebration will take place virtually at 3 p.m. on March 12. Entries for this year’s competition revealed young people‘s deep concern over loss of ecosystems and impatience with an older generation’s inability to cope with this existential crisis, program director says Lisa Files.

Through its streaming programs, One Earth now reaches audiences across the United States, attracting participating viewers in other countries as well. Its in-person programs reflect One Earth’s work with a roster of partners to activate Chicago-area communities around solving the climate emergency.

All One Earth presentations are designed to educate, inspire and spur action on today’s environmental disasters. The screenings are accompanied by a panel discussion of experts, offering ideas to empower audiences to take action on the world’s most pressing environmental issues.

Tickets are now available and free, with a suggested donation of $8. Tickets, films and program information are available at

One Earth Film Festival Official selections and schedule

In-person events are being added, so check for the latest program details.

2022 Opening Night Launch Party | March 4, 6:30 p.m. Virtual and In-Person at Packingtown Museum at The Plant, Chicago, IL

Young Children’s Short Film Program | March 5 | Virtual watch party

“Life at 50 degrees” | March 5 | Virtual watch party

“Bring Your Own Squad” | March 5| Virtual watch party

“Pollinators” | March 6 | Virtual and in-person at Navy Pier

“My Octopus Teacher” | March 6 | Virtual watch party

“On the Fence: A Fight for Clean Air” | March 6 | Virtual and in person at Euclid Ave. United Methodist Church, Oak Park, IL

“The Sacrificial Zone: Life in a Brownfield” | March 6 | Virtual and in person at Euclid Ave. United Methodist Church, Oak Park, IL

“Exposure” | March 8 | Virtual watch party

“The Ants and the Grasshopper” | March 9 | Virtual watch party

“Unstoppable Youth” | March 10 | Virtual watch party

“Plastic Bag Store: The Movie” | March 11 | Virtual and in person at the Swedish American Museum, Chicago

“We are here” | March 12 | Virtual watch party

“Underfloor” | March 12 | Virtual watch party

Young Filmmakers Competition Awards Celebration | March 12 | Virtual watch party

“Dwellers: Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring Our World” | March 12 | Virtual and In-Person at First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple, Chicago

“Girls for the Future” | March 13 | Virtual and In-Person at the Chicago Institute of Cultural Affairs

“Let Us Breathe” | March 13 | Virtual watch party

“The Climate Campaign” | March 13 | Virtual watch party

“Extinction: The Facts” | March 13 | Virtual watch party

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