Pagosa Springs Film Festival ‘inspires, educates and motivates’ and benefits Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership

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Photo courtesy Maryanne Galvin
“Seed and Sprout: Growing the Food Rescue Revolution” explores issues of hunger and food waste in the USA. View “Seed and Sprout” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Liberty Theatre.

By Sally High
Special to The PREVIEW

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) produces a three-day event in Golden each February. Its mission is “to inspire, educate and motivate” viewers about “a wide variety of interconnected ecological, social and economic themes.”

The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) produces an event in Pagosa Springs each year, with the CEFF Caravan, to meet the same goals and to build awareness for GGP’s project.

Saturday, April 8, brings a full day of films to the historic downtown Liberty Theatre. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., GGP supporters will gather to see cutting-edge, first-run documentaries. Tickets cover GGP’s expenses of hosting the films in Pagosa. GGP members buy wristbands for only $10 and then can come and go from the theater all day. Nonmembers pay $15 for their wristbands.

On Friday evening, April 7, Borde Rio Restaurant is hosting a special premiere night to benefit the GGP’s educational programming, including the film fest. From 6 to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy a buffet and exclusive viewing of two films.

For each $50 ticket, each guest also receives admission to a full day of films on Saturday and a GGP 2017 membership. Existing 2017 members can buy their premiere night tickets at the door for only $25.

This year’s CEFF Best of Fest Award went to a 15-minute short documentary called, “American Psychosis.” The clever, provocative film explores Americans’ conflicting values and consumerism. “American Psychosis” can be seen Saturday at 10 a.m. and again at 1:10 p.m.

“Seed and Sprout: Growing the Food Rescue Revolution” made its world premiere at the CEFF in February. Now it’s coming to Pagosa’s Liberty Theatre at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The CEFF describes “Seed and Sprout” this way: “In 2015, one in six Americans experienced hunger while over 40 percent of food produced in the USA went uneaten. The film follows eight innovative food rescue initiatives across the USA and asks: Can ordinary people end hunger by redistributing a small percentage of wasted food flooding our food system and dumping grounds? Character driven stories bring this discussion to the dinner table via personal interviews and captivating images that will stimulate viewers to digest and take action.”

After the film fest wraps up on Saturday evening, GGP supporters will gather again at Borde Rio to unwind and discuss films.

Tickets for Friday’s premiere night and Saturday’s full day are available at www.pagosagreen.org/filmfestival and at the doors of Borde Rio and Liberty Theatre. GGP supporters are also selling tickets at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Exit Realty.