An expectant crowd packs the Carnegie Institute for the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC.
FESTS THAT PASS THE TESTS Film festivals are now walking and talking green Written by Katie Carpenter
roducers who travel to film festivals to screen their work or see the films of others might have noticed lately that many festivals have been “greening up.” They’re using and displaying compostable paper products, offering hybrid courtesy cars, switching on LED lighting and more. Some are now going the extra distance to enable larger discussions about the potential of film and television to address environmental issues, especially climate change, and filmmakers are walking the walk. The Chelsea Film Festival in New York City celebrated Climate Day with a series of panels on climate change awareness and innovative ideas to confront the challenge. One panel was focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts of film and TV production. As a Co-chair of the PGA Green Committee, I was invited to join the panel to report on the growth of the Green Production
Guide and the expanded use of its Green Vendor Directory, Green Guidelines and the Carbon Calculator customized for film. Panelist Ken Ebie from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Motion Picture Entertainment reinforced that these tools and guidelines are spreading through the film community, and New York is encouraging all productions to use them. Another panelist Matt Reid, director of A Plastic Ocean, reminded us that greening a film set is more than just recycling—it’s also important to focus on lighting, transportation, batteries and even catering opportunities to reduce impact on the environment. And plastic bottles are definitely forbidden on Matt’s sets. Actress and indie director Alysia Reiner counted the number of green strategies used on her last movie, and she was excited how everyone in the cast and crew got on board. “The film and TV industry has a bigger responsibility to do this than most,” says Reiner. “Our messaging potential is greater than almost
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