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Green Screen Film Fest Highlights Environment

MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Joe Liberti teaches history and politics at Mamaroneck High School, but Saturday he taught his two kids a little bit about the environment by bringing them to see The Lorax, the first of eight films in the Green Screen Film Festival .

Liberti, of Harrison, said he used to read the Dr. Seuss book to his son, Samuel, and daughter, Isabella, when they were younger, in addition to Sneetches and Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You ?

Saturday's special showing at the Mamaroneck Clearview Playhouse cost $5 for adults and children, about half of the regular price. Consequently, all 250 reserved seats went quickly, leaving several families waiting in the playhouse lobby for cancellations before the 10 a.m. showtime.

The Green Screen Film Festival is organized by the Village of Larchmont and the Village and Town of Mamaroneck.

"Once a year we try to do a tri-municipal event," said Marlene Kolbert, a Larchmont trustee and liaison to the Larchmont Committee on the Environment. "This year, we sat down and decided a green film series would be good. We previewed any number of films that had to do with environmental issues."

After deciding on the final eight films, the various committees involved realized they didn't have just a "series of films," they had a festival, said Catherine Hiller, a member of the Village of Mamaroneck Committee on the Environment.

"This struck us as a good way to start," Hiller said of The Lorax. "Children are the environmentalists of tomorrow, and you can rarely affect an adult as much as you can a child with just one film."

The films include: The Lorax; Bag It , Fresh ; No Impact Man; Extreme Ice: Stunning Adventure Photography, Melting Glaciers ; Flow: For the Love of Water; Gasland; Carbon Nation.

"I think anything that builds a community around issues that are important to us today and in the future is good," Liberti said.

Saturday afternoon, Bag It was shown at the Mamaroneck Library, followed by a discussion about the recent ban on plastic bags in Rye with Sara Goddard, a Rye activist.

The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees will discuss the concept of a plastic bag ban Monday at its work session .

The Village of Mamaroneck Committee for the Environment recently suggested the village move its non-mandatory goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from 5 percent to 20 percent by 2015.

"We've been working the past few years on just generally encouraging people to lower their own impact," Kolbert said. "We've tried to give people suggestions and ways of changing their behavior that are good for our envionrment and making our carbon footprint smaller and being more sustainable.

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