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Thank You for a Great Festival


We would like to thank Athens for our best festival yet!! With 23 feature-length films and 23 short films, we had our biggest and best festival yet, and with 2000 attendees this year, we continue to be inspired by the support of our audiences! Please stay tuned for announcements about year-round festival programming as well as our next main event. Thank you so much, EcoFocus fans!


Location Update for 10/5 screening of Bag It


Tonight's free screening of Bag It (a funny and inspiring film about reducing our use of plastic) will be held between Boggs and Church residence halls (i.e., the green space behind Legion Pool). Tonight, 10/5, at 8:30 p.m., Green Cup event and also Blue Card event for students, open to the public. Hope to see you there!


One more EcoFocus event on Tuesday 10/5!


If you just couldn't get enough of EcoFocus, join us for this BONUS EVENT to be held outdoors on the UGA campus on Tuesday 10/5 at 8:30 pm! This event is free and open to the public. This is also a sanctioned UGA Green Cup event -- earn points for your team! It's also a blue card event, with free popcorn and prizes!

Bag It is a funny, thought-provoking film that follows Jeb Berrier, an average American guy who is admittedly not a


Congratulations to EcoFocus 2010 Award Winners!


Congratulations to A Mongolian Couch, winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film, and Waste Land, winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film! EcoFocus 2010 award-winners were announced throughout the festival this year, and we were honored to have many of the fimmaker award-recipients in attendance. Thank you to our filmmakers, audiences, sponsors and volunteers for your support.

EcoFocus Film Festival Sara Beresford announced the audience awards along with the complete list of award winners at the closing party on Sunday:

Audience Award: Best Feature Film - Waste Land
Audience Award: Best Short Film - A Mongolian Couch
Best Cinematography Award - Soundtracker
Green Lifestyle Award - Bag It
Point of View Award - Houston We Have a Problem
Most Inspirational Film - "...And This Is My Garden"
Human Spirit Award - Waste Land
Spirit of Activism Award - Vienen por el oro, vienen por todo
Spirit of Innovation Award - Dirty Business: 'Clean Coal' and the Battle for Our Energy Future
Environmental Shorts Competition: Jury Prize - A Mongolian Couch
Environmental Shorts Competition: Best Animated Short - The Hybrid Union


Sunday Oct. 3 - EcoFocus Around the Globe


EcoFocus closes on Sunday with a day of films that raise awareness of environmental issues being faced by other cultures and countries around the globe. Films will be ticketed separately. Come at 10AM to see Slow Coffee, a 21-minute short film by local filmmakers Ben Myers and Jason Miller - with free 1000 Faces Coffee and breakfast pastries by The National! At 11 am we'll be screening Born Sweet, Sun Come Up, and A Mongolian Couch. The Last Days of Shishmaref screens at 1 pm. EcoFocusis proud to present the U.S. premiere of the award-winning film Vienen por el oro, vienen por todo (They come for the gold, they come for it all) directed by Pablo D'Alo Abba and Cristián Harbaruk at 3 pm. Burning in the Sun screens at 5 pm, followed by a panel discussion featuring returned Peace Corps volunteers and others with extensive experience abroad. Don't miss Waste Land, the concluding film of the festival, screening at 7 pm. And be sure to stick around (or come back) for our closing night party at 9 pm, where we'll announce the winners of the Audience Favorite awards!


Saturday 10/2 at EcoFocus


EcoFocus gets started Saturday at 1:00 pm with an encore presentation of Play Again, a powerful, enlightening documentary about a group of screen-addicted teens who are taken on a wilderness adventure. The film (recommended for middle-school-age and up) explores the importance of "playing again" in the great outdoors for all of us, kids and adults alike.


Don't miss the Gulf oil spill film and discussion on Friday Oct. 1


Join us on Friday, Oct. 1 at 7 pm at Ciné (map) for an important night of film and discussion about the recent accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. After the screening of Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez directed by Robert Cornellier and the short film Skimming the Surface directed by Landon Lott and Tim Arnold, panelists Dr. Riki Ott, marine toxicologist featured in Black Wave; Georgia Sea Grant director Dr. Charles Hopkinson; Dr. James Porter, associate dean of the UGA Odum School of Ecology and professor of marine ecology; and photographer Holt Webb, who has documented the Gulf spill, will lead a dialogue about the spill and its effects. Audience members are invited to meet with Holt Webb after the discussion to view his recent photographs of people affected by the Gulf oil spill.


Free screening of Dirt! The Movie, with composting demo and discussion, 9/30 at 6 pm at the Ecology


Join us for a light dinner provided by the UGA Office of Sustainability and a screening and discussion of Dirt! The Movie, with Suki Janssen, ACC Recycling Coordinator; Kevin Kirsche, Director of the UGA Office of Sustainability; and Wayne King, President of the US Composting Council. The panelists will speak with the audience about exciting developments in composting and organic materials management on the UGA campus, the Athens community, state-wide, and beyond. Bring your composting and recycling questions!

Ecology Auditorium (UGA campus)
6 pm


FREE On-Campus Tate Center Screening of Houston We Have a Problem, 9/29 at 7:30 pm


We are thrilled to be included in the UGA Office of Sustainability's Green Cup Competition. The UGA Greencup is an energy, water and waste reduction competition between the Hill Community Residence Halls. This year's competition started September 13, 2010 and runs to October 10, 2010. Events include a pool party, environmental films with EcoFocus, and a final celebration on Legion Field. Click here for more details about the Green Cup. Green Cup competitors (Hill community residents) can attend the events (including this screening) to earn points for their team!

This event is a UGA Blue Card event.

FREE On-Campus Tate Center Screening of Houston We Have a Problem

7:30 PM

Tate Center Theater, UGA (map)

Free and open to the public! This film is also a sanctioned UGA Green Cup event.


Pre-Festival Screening Tonight 9/22!


What does it take to make a film "green?" Join us tonight for this pre-festival screening of Greenlit, a film about changing the way Hollywood makes movies. All guests will receive free pizza and a voucher good for one ticket to a regular EcoFocus screening event!

The screening will be on the UGA campus at 7:30 PM in the Miller Learning Center, 171. This event is a UGA Blue Card event.

About the film: Movie people are legendarily liberal and left leaning, particularly when it comes to the environment. Greenlit puts their commitment to the test as filmmaker Miranda Bailey (executive producer of The Squid and the Whale) follows the production of The River Why, starring Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) as it attempts to keep an environmentally friendly set thanks to the supervision of a "green" consultant. What starts off with great enthusiasm quickly dissolves in this insightful and hilarious film.

And this is just the beginning! EcoFocus officially kicks off this Friday, September 24 at Ciné in downtown Athens. We'll have the filmmakers of Houston We Have a Problem, Bag It, and Soundtracker in town that night. The night will feature two films with a reception between the films in the CinéLab with snacks and live acoustical music by Rick Fowler and Greg Veale.

See you tonight!


Hotel Information for EcoFocus


Are you coming to EcoFocus from out of town for our last weekend? We have worked out a special rate with the Hilton Garden Inn for October 1-3, 2010. Click here to go to the reservation site.



Are you coming to EcoFocus from out of town for our last weekend? We have worked out a special rate with the Hilton Garden Inn for October 1-3, 2010. Click here to go to the reservation site.


EcoFocus Announces 2010 Film Line-Up!


On August 30th, 2010, EcoFocus anounced the re-launch of its new website with the 2010 schedule and film line-up. EcoFocus will take place Friday September 24 through Sunday October 3rd. The format of the festival of this year is two weekends of films and events, with community events throughout the entire 10-day period. Most screenings will be held at Ciné in downtown Athens, and there will also be several events on the UGA campus. Check back and subscribe to this feed for more information!


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Odum School of Ecology
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University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

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EcoFocus Announces 2010 Festival Dates


It's official: EcoFocus festival dates for 2010 will be Friday September 24th - Sunday October 3rd. Mark your calendars and check back for more details soon!