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This Thursday Night! Green Screen Youth Environmental Film Festival

Annual Green Screen Youth Environmental Film Festival Nov. 17 at GM Theater of C.H. Wright Museum

DETROIT – The General Motors Theatre inside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will serve as the venue for the fifth annual East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) Green Screen Youth Environmental Film Festival beginning at 7 p.m. on November 17.

“We really wanted to mark the fifth anniversary of Green Screen with a gala event at a location that really reflected our commitment to Detroit and its history,” said EMEAC Associate Director Lottie Spady. “The young people always get really excited to see their name up on the marquee. I think they’ll be even more excited to know that their work is going to be featured at the GM Theatre. We think we have a venue that’s fitting of the event.”

Green Screen V will be preceded by a special Green Room youth gathering at 4 p.m. inside the nearby Plymouth United Church of Christ located at 600 E Warren Avenue. The Green Room gathering is open to youth of all ages and will be attended by Green Screen filmmakers and cast members along with young people from the 12 organizations of the Detroit Future Youth Network.

Green Screen, which celebrates youth voices and emerging environmentalism, provides a forum where students from across southeast Michigan and beyond showcase short films with environmental themes. These films allow young filmmakers to express what they think is most crucial to their health and to the natural environment. Some films also focus on making the world, their school or neighborhood environmentally healthier.

The three-to-five-minute short films, created by young artists and aspiring activists, span a range of environmental and social issues. The films are judged for cinematic merit, relevance to Southeastern Michigan, and creative messaging. The panel of judges will consist of independent directors, environmental activists, youth activists, and a journalist. Now in its fifth year, EMEAC gets statewide inquiries about this exciting event, as well as requests for film making workshops and demonstrations through out the year.

“It’s exciting that it has lasted for five years,” Spady said. “It’s special that Green Screen is still well received and it is looked forward to. It keeps growing in number and in size with the amount of media entries with the scope of topics that are covered. It’s all about the young people that are in it as part of the community.”

Over 15 entries have been made for Green Screen V. Among the youth organizations submitting entries so far are Project Achieve, Nsoroma Institute, Five Elements Gallery and Heru, Lathrup Village Children’s Garden Video and 4H-Club, the Ruth Ellis Center, Detroit Youth Food Justice Taskforce, the Hannan House Gardening Angel’s Program, the Detroit Sierra Club’s Environmental Justice Office, Young Educators Alliance (YEA) and the Gardening Activism Media and Education (GAME) Summer Camp. Topics to be covered are littering, pollution, bullying of LGBTQ Youth, rebuilding abandoned neighborhoods in the city, healthy food choices, food justice, preserving senior histories, media justice and environmental justice.

Anyone interested in, sponsoring a film, volunteering or making a donation of support should call 313 559-7498 or visit www.emeac.org. General admission for the event is a sliding scale donation from $5-$25. For further details on sponsorship opportunities or general admission email email Patrick@emeac.org.

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