Photo: m kasahara via Flickr.Sitting in a movie theater staring at a series of images flashing on the big screen in front of you may not seem like the most ecofriendly of activities this Earth Day weekend. But what if that film moves you in such a way that you change your daily habits?
Two film festivals screening in Seattle this weekend are hoping to do just that. The annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival has chosen environmental awareness as its theme this year in an effort to “artfully teach how ‘going green’ is a core Jewish value.” In addition to the selection of films, there will be an eco-art exhibit, a showroom of electric vehicles, and a panel discussion about “green faith.” Audience members will be asked to take the “Jewish Climate Challenge,” a promise to make lifestyle changes that will have a positive — and measurable — effect on the earth.
The niftily acronymed (though perhaps less devote) National Film Festival for Talented Youth is also hoping to leave a lighter footprint this year. The 100 percent carbon neutral film festival is featuring a number of environment-themed films among its selection of works by filmmakers age 22 and under.