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Calendar Listing for ECO-FILM FEST:
• Thursday, September 4
• Friday, September 5
• Thursday, September 11
• Saturday, September 13

On Thursday September 4, the Eco-Film Festival kicks off the first annual Portland Greenfest, Southern Maine’s premiere eco-event featuring music, art, eco-fashion, local food, kids’ activities, exhibits, workshops, eco-poetry, films and demonstrations. The Natural Resources Council of Maine is the lead sponsor of the Eco-Film Festival, which features films on local foods, river restoration, upcycled art, waste reduction and the popular children’s film, The Lorax, at different venues around downtown Portland.

Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. – Portland Public Library: Greenhorns
In the fall of 2007 filmmakers began seeking out mentors and characters for a film, traveling the country with a confident intuitive sense of an emerging movement of young farmers and a series of borrowed cameras and generous cinematographers. On the road for these 2 years they discovered that the movement has emerged–scrappy, resourceful, adaptive young Americans have brought the products and the spirit of this movement into the sun.

Friday, Sept. 5 at 8:00 p.m. –MECA: Wasteland
Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. His collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. The film offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

Thursday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. – Portland Public Library: DamNation
This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11:00 a.m.. – Portland Public Library: The Lorax
The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! In this 2012 feature-length remake of the immensely popular 1972 TV special, twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees

Saturday, Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. – Portland Public Library: Bag It
An average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Little does he know that this simple decision will change his life completely. He comes to the conclusion that our consumptive use of plastic has finally caught up to us, and looks at what we can do about it. Today. Right now.

Contact: Jeff Edelstein – (207)632-8440 or