Free film One Earth Film Festival.
The Free film One Earth Film Festival wants to harness the Power of We and engage the entire Chicago region in a conversation about our planet. This year’s lineup is 48 film/events at venues across four counties from March 6 to 15. Below are the free close in films. All events and films here. Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available. Schedule subject to change.
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change
When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020; 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Where: UIC Latino Cultural Center, 803 S. Morgan St., Chicago Get free tickets here.
Director Josh Fox investigates climate change. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?
2040: The Regeneration
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020; 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: St. Clement Parish School, 2524 N. Orchard, Chicago Get free tickets here.
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020; 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Loyola University Chicago, Damen Student Center Cinema, 6511 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago Get free tickets here.
When: Friday, March 13, 2020; 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Navy Pier People’s Gas Welcome Pavilion, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Director Damon Gameau embarked on a global journey to meet innovators and change-makers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education and sustainability. “2040,” is a story of hope that looks at the very real possibility that humanity could reverse global warming and improve the lives of every living thing in the process. It is a positive vision of what ‘could be’, instead of the dystopian future we are so often warned about.
8 Billion Angels
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020; 12 to 2 p.m.
Where: First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago Get free tickets here.
This films tells the truth about the conflict between the size of our global population and the sustainability of our planet. It dispels the misconception that technology can save us, that reducing consumption is the answer, and that the blame lies solely in the developing world. With passion, humility, and honesty, experts explain the indisputable connection between our environmental catastrophes, unsustainable population and increasing consumption.
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code
When: Sunday, March 8, 2020; 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Where: Old St. Patrick’s Church, 625 W. Adams, Fellowship Hall, St., (entrance on DesPlaines) Get free tickets here.
Chicago suffered the worst heat disaster in U.S history in 1995, when 739 residents – mostly elderly and black – died over the course of one week. As “Cooked” links the heat wave’s devastation back to the underlying manmade disaster of structural racism, it delves deeply into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries: Disaster Preparedness.
UseLess: A Documentary on Food & Fashion Waste
When: Saturday March 14, 2020; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago Get free tickets here.
The filmmakers try to find out why food and fashion waste has become a pressing social and environmental problem, and what we can do to change it. The documentary is seen through the eyes of a young Icelandic mother who is trying to understand the issues and change her ways.
The Biggest Little Farm
When: Sunday, March 8, 2020;5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taqueria, 904 W. Randolph St., Chicago Get free tickets here.
This film chronicles the 8-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. “The Biggest Little Farm” provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.
Epic Yellowstone: Return of the Predators
When: Sunday, March 8, 2020; 12 to 2 p.m.
Where: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago Get free tickets here.
For decades, Yellowstone National Park’s ecosystem was out of balance. Its wolves had vanished, and its grizzly bears were pushed to the edge of extinction. Now, through conservation efforts and one of the most ambitious restoration projects in history, the carnivores have returned in record numbers.
Right to Harm
When: Monday, March 9, 2020; 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Northwestern University, Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center, 303 E. Superior, Chicago Get free tickets here.
Through the stories of five American communities, “Right to Harm” exposes the devastating public health impact that factory farming has on many of our country’s most disadvantaged citizens. Known formally as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations—or CAFOs—these facilities produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that destroy the quality of life for nearby neighbors. Fed up with the lack of regulation, these citizens-turned-activists band together from across the country to demand justice.
The Map to Paradise
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020; 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Reception and Action Fair at 5:30 p.m.; Film begins at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Claudia Cassidy Theater, Get free tickets here.
A film about the birth of the global movement to protect the sea. Discover what it takes to build a movement and to create positive change. Filmed across six continents, we meet a prince, a president, a pirate, and also an island chief — among others — who are all playing a role in the quest to save the planet.
When: Thursday, March 12, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St., Chicago Get free tickets here.
A team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Two worlds drive extinction across the globe, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species.