LOW COAL wins Michael Moore Award at Cinema Verde Film Festival!

Congratulations to Cinema Verde 2011 Award Winners!

  ‘Economics of Happiness’ claims Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival Best in Show award

The Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival has released the list of names and award winners for the films submitted to the 2011 film festival.  Economics of Happiness claimed the top honor of Best in Show award.

Directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Economics of Happiness explores local solutions to our pressing global problems. Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and its predecessor, the Ladakh Project. She is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh and is co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home.

Thanks to the efforts of sculptor John Patterson, more than a dozen local artists were gracious enough to donate a work of art to Cinema Verde to use as trophies. Patterson came up with the idea to have artists create trophies for some of the Cinema Verde award-winning filmmakers. Each trophy is unique and reflects the artist’s personal style. Read more about those who’ve donated their work to help Cinema Verde celebrate our films: http://verdefest.org/index.php/uncategorized/artist-spotlight-on-kana-handel-jim-wilson-lorelei-esser-bruce-sherman-and-chris-fillie/.

During the closing day of the festival, 16 awards were presented to films at a reception held at Prairie Creek Lodge on the edge of Paynes Prairie.  A list of the Cinema Verde Award winners with images is attached to this news release.  Movie trailers of the award winning films can be viewed at the Cinema Verde web site:  http://verdefest.org/index.php/films/.

Cinema Verde Director Trish Riley was pleased to see this year’s festival exceed expectations.  “We’re still crunching numbers, but we know that thousands of people were touched by our activities. Throughout the ten days, people told us how grateful they were that this event is a part of our community,” Riley said. “If you support Cinema Verde as an exciting, creative way to raise our community’s awareness about environmental issues and solutions, please let us know now and let us help market your commitment to sustainability for the entire year to come.”

Cinema Verde is a non-profit 501C3 organization. We produce an environmental film and arts festival, is to raise consciousness about environmental issues, to educate people and to mobilize support for solving environmental problems. In collaboration with GoGreenNation.org, we utilize a multi-disciplinary approach featuring films and film contests, eco-art exhibits, eco-tours showcasing natural resources, workshops and forums, an eco-fair spotlighting sustainable businesses, and other educational activities to bring community organizations, businesses and citizens together to help forge sustainable solutions for our future.

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