Ana Garcia Doyle is director of the One Earth Film Festival, celebrating its ninth year, March 6-15. Born in Oak Park in 2012, One Earth has since grown to become the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival. It is an important part of Oak Park’s Green Community Connections Inc., the nonprofit green group cofounded by the late Sally Stovall with her partner, Dick Alton.

Six years ago, Stovall was the third “climate hero” recognized by Illinois Senator Don Harmon’s organization through its committee on climate change, which educates consumers and advocates with legislators on sustainable energy goals.

Doyle and the rest of the founding team, who had worked closely with Stovall, artfully shepherded the Oak Park-based film festival from birth. Oak Park Area ClimateAction recognizes Ana for her leadership in guiding the One Earth team to annually presenting important environmental film documentaries on climate change, energy, water, agriculture, health and environment, advocacy, wildlife, social justice, and more. 

How big is the One Earth Film Fest?

In 2020, the fest will feature showings in five Chicago-area counties, and involve about 400 volunteers. Last year we reached 6,900 people at 92 area events between our March festival and our Earth Day Mini-Film Fest in partnership with the city of Chicago. We are still working to plan our Mini-Fest, but this year the March fest will screen 26 documentaries in over 40 locations.

This year we worked with 130 volunteer film reviewers to help select the films, logging over 550 hours of viewing time. In other words, we watched 140 films in the process.

This April we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. The 2020 Earth Fest will include additional films on such timely environmental themes as resiliency, and the global youth climate movement.

What is the theme of this year’s festival?

“The Power of We” encourages collective action as the surest way to address climate change and urges audiences to become involved in the global movement to take action for the planet. It unites us all to work together to grow resilient, sustainable and equitable communities. One Earth is committed to empowering its audiences to take what they’ve learned from our screenings and turn that knowledge into actions that are positive for our planet.

One Earth films showing in Oak Park 

Beyond Climate

Ian Mauro, 2018, 49 min. 

Environmental & Social Justice, Health & the Environment, Historical Perspectives, Climate Change

Saturday, March 14, 3 p.m.

Oak Park Public Library

Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story

Soozie Eastman, 2019, 68 min. 

Health & the Environment, People & Culture

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. 

Oak Park Public Library

Ay Mariposa

Krista Schvler, 2019, 57 min. 

Wildlife, Conservation, Environmental & Social Justice

Saturday, March 14, 3-5:30 p.m., 

Triton College Performing Arts Center, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove

For a complete schedule of festival film showings and to preview trailers, go to www.oneearthfilmfest.org. 

About Ana Garcia Doyle:
Born in Queens, New York and raised in Chicago, Ana is an accomplished digital marketer, a LEED-certified green homeowner, and a 1991 graduate of Boston College. Watch her TEDx talk at bit.ly/AnaGarciaDoyle TEDxTalk2017.

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