Just in time to align nicely with our annual Green Issue comes the Do Something Reel Film Festival, which is described as a “collection of six provocative, character-driven films focused on passionate people making a world of difference.” Presented by Whole Foods Market in conjunction with and in celebration of Earth Month, the traveling festival will hit more than 70 cities through April, including our own Esquire Theatre tomorrow through April 21.
The fest's six rotating films, which range in length from 60 to 90 minutes, include Bag It, a docudrama that follows an “average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics”; Lunchline, which centers on six inner-city Chicago kids whose efforts to revamp school lunches resulted in a visit to the White House; On Coal River, about residents of Coal River Valley in West Virginia who are battling the destructive practice of mountaintop removal; Planeat, a “visually stunning film” about farmers, scientists and chefs who want to curb Western culture's reliance on meat and dairy products; Urban Roots, the story of the dedicated people who want to supply Detroit with fresh, locally grown food; and Vanishing of the Bees, a documentary narrated by Ellen Page about the oncoming dearth of our little winged creatures.
I was going to to post the trailer for each, but that would be cumbersome, so here's one for probably the most high profile of the films, Vanishing of the Bees:
The Esquire will also feature multiple screenings of The Last Lion, a documentary narrated by Jeremy Irons that looks at the plight of African lions, whose population has gone from 500,000 in 1960 to 20,000 today. Mike Dulaney, curator of mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo, will be on hand 7 p.m. Tuesday for a post-screening Q&A. For more details on each film and a comprehensive screening schedule, go to www.esquiretheatre.com.