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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Gainesville residents searching for ways to make their routines more green can educate themselves by attending the Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival.

The festival, which will run from March 18 to March 27, will present 25 environmental films at multiple venues around Gainesville such as the Hippodrome Theatre, the Harn Museum and The Venue.

This year’s festival will have additional student participation from several grade schools of Alachua County. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade can participate in art work contests, literary submissions and conservation projects.

“We have a much larger arts component than last year and are expecting for it to be three times bigger,” said Ken McMurry, the festival art director.

Trish Riley, an environmental journalist and founder of Go Green Nation, partnered with the Hippodrome last year to produce Gainesville’s first environmental film and arts festival.

She said she wanted a small city with less noise and traffic for the festival’s location. She picked Gainesville as her target choice because of its sustainable progress.

There are two VIP Access packages. For all 25 films and events, it is priced at $100 and to attend 12 films and all other events, it costs $50. General Admission for each film is $5.

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