Free & Inaugural Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

Jul 25, 2017

KCET’s looking to save the planet. Or do what it can to help motivate all of us to action. On July 29, KCET and Link TV’s “Summer of the Environment” series presents the inaugural Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival.

You’ll have to brave the freeway or meander the back streets because the films are screening at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Or, to be environmentally conscious, take the Gold and Red Lines, which will drop you within two blocks of the theater. (Find your way with the LA Metro’s Trip Planner.)

The first film begins at 10 a.m., the last at 7:30 p.m. All free.

10 a.m.: Actor Ed Begley, Jr. (Green Wish Founding Member) introduces Water & Power: A California Heist. There will be a Q&A with Director Marina Zenovich (“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”) and Jay Famiglietti (Water Scientist with NASA/JPL and UC Irvine). Moderated by Maryanne Culpepper(Executive Director, DCEFF).

From National Geographic Documentary Films, directed by Emmy® award-winner 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.


Water & Power: A California Heist.


Introduction by actor/filmmaker Patrick Fabian (Friend of Green Wish) / Q&A with Viceland’s Rise host Sarain Fox. Moderated by Chris Clarke (KCET contributor, California Desert Program Manager with the National Parks Conservation Association).

RISE: 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. While “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.


Still from “RISE: Sacred Water (Part 1)” | Raphael Sbarge.


Tomorrow: 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.

Introduction by actor/filmmaker Raphael Sbarge (Green Wish Founder). Moderated by Kim Spencer (Link TV Co-Founder).



The Age of Consequences: This documentary film 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.

Introduction by actress Sharon Lawrence (Green Wish Founding Member) / Q&A with Director Jared P. Scott (“Requiem for the American Dream”).



Heal the Bay, River LA, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, and Sierra Club (among others) will have booths all day.


Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival
Saturday, July 29
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., LA 90028
Free event
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Additional information from the festival organizers:

Metered street parking is available as well as paid parking lots off of Las Palmas. The Egyptian does not validate for the Hollywood & Highland complex parking lot or any other parking lot in the area. The Egyptian is a very short walk east from the Hollywood and Highland Metro Station (Red Line). Please bring your Metro or Tap Card to receive a special giveaway item from KCET.

All films are unrated and there is no age limit for any of the films featured in the Earth Focus Environmental Film festival. It’s a good idea to arrive about 30 minutes prior to the start of the film. Admission is on a per film basis only.








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