Cinema Verde Film Festival

Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival’s fourth annual Environmental Film and Arts Festival Feb. 9-14, 2013 is at Jolie in downtown Gainesville. Cinema Verde’s overall mission is to raise awareness of environmental issues through the arts and to bring people together to implement sustainable solutions. The festival provides environmental education to the public through films, arts, workshops, events, tours and other activities. Cinema Verde works with local governments, sustainable businesses, environmental organizations and citizens.

On February 12th, Symphony of the Soil screened to festival goers. People walked out of the theater knowing more about soil than they knew they wanted to know. It was so well received that today it was released that Symphony of the Soil won the Cinema Verde Film Festival’s Food Award.


GAINING GROUND A documentary digs up dirt on soil

Article from PureWOW written by Cristina Tudino

Soil is not particularly gripping on the surface–it’s, well, a dirty shade of brown and crawling with insects. If you asked us to watch a full-length film about it, we’d politely decline.

That is until we heard about Symphony of the Soil, a new documentary by Deborah Koons Garcia. Convinced that most people are what she calls “soil blind,” meaning unaware and unappreciative of its value, Garcia devoted the film to digging up the latest science on and impact of dirt.

The environmentalist and filmmaker based in Mill Valley (and yes, Jerry’s widow) filmed on four continents–and, of course, right here in Northern California. Interviewing ecologists, activists and farmers, she uncovered countless reasons we should care more about what’s underfoot.

For starters, there isn’t an unlimited supply of what is literally the foundation for life on earth. Soil quality affects the healthfulness and flavor of our food (and more important, wine!). And when treated with synthetic fertilizers, soil can cause birth defects and developmental disorders in children.

So what can we do? Garcia advocates composting, chemical-free gardening, eating locally grown food and staying informed about relevant policy through organizations such as the Organic Consumers Association.

One thing’s for sure: You’ll never look at dirt the same way again.