L.A.'s First Environmental Film Fest to Open With 'An Inconvenient Sequel' (Exclusive)

The Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival kicks off July 27 and will play five other environmental films on July 29.

Los Angeles' first film festival focused on environmental issues is set to launch in July, with Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel serving as its opening-night film.

KCETLink Media Group, the national independent broadcast and digital media network, will launch the Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival through its two services, KCET public television in Los Angeles and independent satellite network Link TV nationwide.

The organizers are partnering closely on the event with the Washington-based Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), which for over 25 years has been the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films.

The Paramount and Participant Media film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which first debuted at Sundance, will open the fest with a screening at Paramount’s Sherry Lansing Theatre on July 27. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

The festival will take place on Sat., July 29, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. The free event, which is open to the public, will feature five additional films tackling the most important and relevant global environmental issues today. Celebrity environmental activists including Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time, Murder in the First, Longmire), Ed Begley Jr. (Ghostbusters, St. Elsewhere, Pineapple Express), Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) and Sharon Lawrence (Shameless, Solace, NYPD Blue) will introduce each film that will be followed by post-screening dialogues with the filmmakers. Free general admission tickets are available here.

"With our commitment to bringing environmental conservation issues to the forefront for audiences on multiple platforms through our EARTH FOCUS franchise, we are proud to offer a free festival as a resource for enlightenment and education through powerful storytelling,” said Michael Riley, president and CEO of KCETLink Media Group. “In partnership with DCEFF, we’ve been able to curate the finest films that cover a range of issues impacting the environment today. We hope these films can encourage our community here in Southern California to play a part in helping save our planet for tomorrow."

The July 29 schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

• 10 a.m.: Opening event in Egyptian Theatre plaza with booths from organizations Heal the Bay, River LA and Sierra Club, among others.

• 10:30 a.m.: Water & Power: A California Heist (86 minutes)
From National Geographic Documentary Films, directed by Emmy Award-winner Marina Zenovich and executive produced by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney and Jigsaw Productions, the film unfolds like a real-life version of the 1974 film noir Chinatown, uncovering the ruthless exploits of California’s notorious water barons who profit off the state’s resources while everyday citizens endure a debilitating water crisis.

•  1:30 p.m.: RISE: Sacred Water – Standing Rock (Part 1) followed by RISE: Poisoned River (total running time 94 minutes)
Sacred Water examines the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which became worldwide news as the largest gathering of indigenous people in more than a century who came together to protect the area’s water. Poisoned River follows Brazil's Krenak People, who are struggling to survive in the wake of a massive toxic spill that has contaminated their drinking water, hunting grounds and culture.

•  4:30 p.m.: Tomorrow (total running time 120 minutes)
Not just a film, but the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.

•  7:30 p.m.: The Age of Consequences (80 minutes)
This documentary investigates the impact of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of national security and global stability. Interviews with distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans reveal how climate-change stressors — water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather and sea-level rise — function as catalysts for conflict in volatile parts of the world.

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