INTRODUCING UPDATED FORMAT WITH FOUR DAYS OF INDEPENDENT FILMS
SAN FRANCISCO; March 24, 2015 — Beginning Thursday, April 9, 2015, Chipotle Mexican Grill will once again partner with the Hollywood Theatre, one of Portland’s premier art house theaters, to produce the 3rd annual Portland EcoFilm Festival. From April 9-12, the film series will feature screenings of independent films covering topics of the environment, nature conservation, outdoor adventure, agriculture, and community wellness.
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Founding Sponsor of the Portland EcoFilm Festival, is dedicated to changing the way people think about food by finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers from where they are sourced. Chipotle is committed to helping educate people about the importance of sustainability and their right to know where food comes from, in the hopes of effecting change and building awareness around social issues.
Tickets are $8 for each film or $50 for a festival pass to all of the included films.
The full Portland EcoFilm Festival line-up is as follows:
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
How to Change the World (2015): A documentary about an eclectic group of young pioneers who set out to stop Richard Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Alaska and ended up founding Greenpeace, thereby launching the worldwide green movement. Pacific Northwest premiere.
-Followed by the Festival Opening Night Party at Velo Cult, featuring live music and Chipotle food. Admission: $10 film-and-party ticket.
Friday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
The Epic of Everest (1924): A recent restoration by the British Film Institute of the silent documentary chronicling the third-ever attempt to scale Mount Everest—an expedition which ended in death for famed climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. Filmed by Captain John Noel in brutally harsh conditions with a hand-cranked camera, the film includes images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. Pacific Northwest premiere.
Friday, April 10, 9:15 p.m.
Le Semeur/The Sower (2013): A portrait of artist and seed producer Patrice Fortier, who dedicates his passion and expertise to preserving plant biodiversity and who uses seeds from his garden to create fantastic works of art, finding in farming a source of inspiration for his unique artistic expression. West Coast premiere.
Saturday, April 11, 10:00 a.m.
Hollywood Theatre Education Programs present Nature in Stop-Motion Animation Workshop for Kids Ages 7-13: Inspired by environmental artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Patrick Dougherty, this workshop will teach students to collaboratively create a large scale installation made of natural and recycled objects. At the end of the workshop, students will see their work premiere on the big screen at the Portland EcoFilm Festival’s showing of the youth focused film following the workshop, All the Time in the World. This special workshop will also include a Chipotle catered lunch and free admission to the film.
Saturday, April 11, 1:30 p.m.
All the Time in the World (2014): A family of five leaves the comforts of home to spend nine months living in the Yukon Territory in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, no internet, no TV, no phone, and—most importantly—no clocks or watches. Pacific Northwest premiere.
Saturday, April 11, 4:00 p.m.
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (2014): After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food thrown out each year in North America, filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that have been discarded. In a nation where one in ten people are food-insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. Pacific Northwest premiere.
Saturday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
The Breach (2014): A riveting story of the journey of wild salmon and their precarious situation in the ecosystem of the American river system—specifically here in the Pacific Northwest. Director Mark Titus and producer Susan LaSalle will be in attendance to discuss their film. Oregon premiere.
Saturday, April 11, 9:00 p.m.
Monsoon (2014): A documentary exploration of a monsoon, the vast seasonal weather system that unifies the immense and varied culture of India, shaping the conditions of existence for its billion-plus inhabitants. Oregon premiere.
Sunday, April 12, 1:30 p.m.
EcoShorts: A collection of eco short films spanning everything from the love of mushrooms to fermentation fetishists to environmental lawsuits against the government by teenagers. Featuring a post-film conversation with youth activists and organization leaders from Our Children’s Trust, an Oregon-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to empower and support youth as they stand legally up for their lawful inheritance: a healthy planet.
Sunday, April 12, 4:30 p.m.
Crying Earth Rise Up (2015) and Chuitna Coal: More Than Salmon on the Line (2015): A program featuring environmental films by Portland filmmakers: Crying Earth Rise Up, about two Lakota women’s fight to protect their drinking water from contamination, and Chuitna Coal: More Than Salmon on the Line, about the fight to safeguard a wild Alaskan salmon run from destruction. With Crying Earth director Suree Towfighnia and producer Courtney Hermann in attendance.
Sunday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
Portland EcoFilm Festival Award Winners: The Portland EcoFilm Festival Best Feature Film and Best Short Film award winners will be screened.
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that—where possible—are sustainably grown and Responsibly Raised® with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. In order to achieve this vision, we focus on building a special people culture that is centered on creating teams of top performers empowered to achieve high standards. This people culture not only leads to a better dining experience for our customers, it also allows us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,600 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.
About The Hollywood Theater
The Hollywood Theatre is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, inspire, educate and connect the community through the art of film while preserving a historic Portland landmark. The Hollywood Theatre has earned a national reputation for its unique combination of award-winning film programming, cutting edge educational programs supported in part by LAIKA (an Oscar winning studio), and fiscal sponsorship services for local filmmakers. Each year the Theatre screens close to 300 of the best films from all over the world to nearly 100,000 people, provides educational opportunities for over 500 young people and supports multiple Oregon-based, independent film projects. The organization has been honored by two of the most respected names in film, both the Sundance Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for its myriad contributions to the film community.