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Submit your film about Mother Earth to the Rainforest Partnership and meet Richard Linklater


by Farrah Farley

The Onion published How Bad For The Environment Can Throwing Away One Plastic Bottle Be? 30 Million People Wonder over a year ago. Yeah, it’s funny, but the message is one people should have been listening to. It sort of seems no one really cares about the pollution they create except for a handful of hippies and nonprofits (in Austin) and a few “green celebrities” out there concerned in between filming moneymakers.

If you fancy yourself an environmentalist, or, at the very least, want to do something to help others reduce their carbon footprint, consider submitting a short 30 second to 3 minute film for the Second Annual Films for the Forest Fest. FREE to enter, it’s run by the nonprofit Rainforest Partnership and it will be screened in Austin on June 16 in front of a huge audience and 3 well-respected judges: Elizabeth Avell├ín, Ed Begley Jr., Richard Linklater, and Paul Stekler.

Last year’s winners, directors Andrew Nelson and Rick Boyer, won in the Narrative/Experimental category for “The Tree and I: A Montage”, which was pretty funny.

Who should enter?
From amateur to professional filmmakers who best express their own interpretation of this year’s theme: Breath of the Planet.

What should the film be about?
Get funny or get serious — just get with it!

Why should you care?
Last year’s successes brought in over $10,000 in donations for the Rainforest Partnership.

Even if you can’t submit an entry, you can at least spread the word. News travels fast these days via the interweb.

Pause your TeVo, and tap into one of your many social networks to help us get film entries – an email, a Facebook post, a tweet – even an old-school a phone call or word-of-mouth still works among creative people who care about the rainforest! All you have to do is like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and visit Films for the Forest for more details.

DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE if not for yourself, for your mom – well, for your Mother Earth.

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