Angelic Organics to be featured in Chicago Film Premiere May 17

Staff Report

CHICAGO — Green Living Project (GLP), the leading film production and marketing company focused on global sustainability-related stories, has partnered with Lincoln Park Zoo to feature its Second Annual Chicago Film Premiere Thursday, May 17.

GLP’s Chicago Premiere event includes seven GLP original short films, three of which were shot on location in Illinois in partnership with local organizations including Lincoln Park Zoo, Angelic Organics Learning Center and Working Bikes Cooperative.

The Second Annual Chicago Film Premiere will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Café Brauer, 2021 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago.

All of GLP’s films highlight thought-provoking sustainability initiatives found domestically and abroad. The three films, shot on location in Illinois, bring light to a variety of topics, including urban wildlife, sustainable farming and agriculture, and re-usable resources and alternative transportation.

The Lincoln Park Zoo film features the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, which provides wildlife with a sustainable ecosystem in the heart of Chicago. This world-class zoological institution is working to connect people with nature through urban wildlife experiences and educational programming.

Kevin J. Bell, Lincoln Park Zoo president and CEO, said: “We appreciate the opportunity to be featured in this significant project as we focus our efforts on the interaction between urban development and the natural ecosystem. Creating partnerships with nature and conservation organizations is critical to furthering our understanding of ecosystem health in an urban setting.”

The film produced in partnership with Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) highlights the organization and its mission to help urban and rural communities build local food systems. AOLC offers opportunities to grow healthy food, connect with farmers and the land, and learn agricultural and leadership skills through their programs at partner farms and urban growing sites in northern Illinois.

AOLC Founder John Peterson said: “We are grateful to Green Living Project for featuring our work to build the local food system. Through Angelic Organics Learning Center, the farm is building new leadership for the local and organic food movement — from beginning farmers to urban youth. We are excited to be able to tell their stories through this film.”

Peterson, who is the subject of Taggart Siegel’s award-winning feature documentary film The Real Dirt on Farmer John, also will speak at the Chicago Film Premiere at 8:15 p.m., May 17.

The Working Bikes Cooperative film brings to light the organization’s work to promote cycling as transportation through redistribution of donated and discarded bicycles.

Four additional films are featured in GLP’s Second Annual Chicago Film Premiere: Spanish Creek Rainforest Reserve, a 2,000-acre nature reserve in Belize; Potters for Peace, a social justice organization in Nicaragua that helps women better their lives; Semilla Nueva, a Guatemala-based organization that fosters environmental and social stewardship in rural farming communities; and Wisconsin’s Pinehurst Inn’s commitment to sustainability and its positive effect on the guest experience.

GLP’s Film Premiere events present an opportunity to showcase adventure-focused multimedia storytelling about important issues with the goal of educating and inspiring change. Each event features approximately six to nine films that highlight important topics with varying sustainability themes. The films also highlight the travel and adventure associated with each film expedition as the film crew explores unique and sometimes undiscovered travel destinations around the world and in the U.S.

Each event allows individuals, communities and organizations to learn about and become directly involved with important local and global initiatives to bring about positive change. Since 2007, GLP has produced more than 70 short films in 19 countries in North America, Central and South America, Africa and Asia.

Tickets to the event are $20 if purchased online, $25 general admission at the door, free for teachers and $10 for students with an ID. A VIP reception will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit for more details.

From the May 9-15, 2012, issue

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