Local groups hosting monthly movie event


Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 3:23 p.m.

Trish Riley was eager to combine her environmentally focused organizations, and when she finally did, the Cinema Verde and Green Drinks monthly film screenings were formed.

The organizations will show “Dirty Wars” at 6 p.m. Thursday at Gator Cinemas 4, 6741 W. Newberry Road in the Oaks Mall Plaza.

In addition to the screening, the evening will feature food from Macaroni Grill, a cash bar, an hour of networking, an auction and discussion after the movie.

Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival and Green Drinks Gainesville host monthly screenings of movies that explore environmental issues.

Riley, the director of Cinema Verde and founder of Green Drinks Gainesville, said the monthly event started showing movies in June.

She said the monthly screenings are an opportunity for people interested in environmental issues to network. She said the event helps grow environmentally friendly businesses in the area.

“I’m just thrilled,” she said. “We’re strengthening sustainable businesses and strengthening the economy.”

Riley said about 75 to 100 people attend the screenings.

She said she expects a bigger turnout in September because more people are learning about the event.

General admission tickets cost $12. Tickets for children, students and seniors cost $10.

There also is an option to purchase a three-month pass, which is one ticket for each film screening held in September, October and November.

“Dirty Wars” follows Jeremy Scahill, an investigative journalist, and his investigation into America’s covert wars, according to the film’s website.

Riley said war has a negative impact on the environment because it’s a polluting activity. She said she hopes the movie inspires people to cooperate.

“I want people to realize that, by working together, we really can do a lot to make our world the way we want it,” she said.

Scott Camil, 67, also wants “Dirty Wars” to stimulate the community.

Camil, president and founder of the Gainesville chapter of Veterans for Peace, was a member of the Marine Corps and spent 20 months in Vietnam. Camil will lead the discussion following the movie.

He said the monthly screenings are educational and provide a service for Alachua County residents.

“I think that it’s good to have somebody that brings relevant films into Gainesville,” he said. “Most of the movies you see are entertaining. It’s important to have documentaries.”

To learn more about the monthly film screenings or to purchase tickets, visit cinemaverde.org.

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