This year, the festival screened 40 films at 31 partner sites around the Chicagoland region and partnered with the City of Chicago for the City’s official Earth Day Celebration. Just Eat It, the 2015 Festival Choice winner chosen for the celebration, is an award-winning documentary about the staggering amounts of food waste generated in households and farm fields.
Before the movie Karen Weigert, the Chief Sustainability Office of the City of Chicago, Jeff Spitz of Food Patriots, and Ted Wysocki of the ICA addressed the 150+ movie attendees and discussed the importance of the sustainability movement within the city.
After the film, a short reflection was held, and then panelists from Zero Percent, Seven Generations Ahead, the Resource Center and the Greater Chicago Food Depository engaged with the audience in a participatory discussion facilitated by ICA staff member Seva Gandhi.
The entire OEFF was a success, including the finale on Earth Day. OEFF was recognized as a regional leader in sustainability for its ability to bring citizens together — “in dialogue and action — around a multitude of sustainability topics, in order to bring about concrete and measurable change.”