Congratulations to Willard Elementary and Roosevelt Middle school students who have won the Young Filmmakers "One Earth...Our Earth" Awards in their respective categories!  The contest is part of this year's "Green Earth Film Fest" sponsored by Green Community Connections.

Middle School category: Pineapple Productions: Ana Shack, Lillian Lowson, Marta Rohner, Isabella Saracco Haley Gladden and Cia Gladden.  ”Earth 2114.” A film about water usage and resources.  Young Filmmakers attend:  Roosevelt Middle school in River Forest, Illinois. 

Elementary School category: Jaxon Toppen, Danny Scholvin and Ray Deogracias. ”Where Did The Rest of Us Go?” A film about electronic waste.  Young Filmmakers attend:  Willard Elementary School in River Forest, Illinois. 

Screening of all films was held at Beye School in Oak Park Saturday March 8th at 1pm.  Screenings were followed by an award ceremony and an opportunity to speak with the young filmmakers.  


One Earth Film Festival is a Chicago area film festival that creates opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement through sustainability-themed films and facilitated discussion.   We engage private, public and non-profit sector community partners in the sponsorship and production of the film festival.  The 2013 festival drew 2000 from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area to view 40 films in over 20 venues in one weekend.  In 2014, organizers are expanding the reach of the festival throughout Chicago and into other near-West suburbs of Chicago to create The Midwest’s Premier Environmental Film Festival.

Mission, Vision and Goals

Mission:  Through sustainability-themed films and facilitated discussion — educate, raise awareness, and inspire the adoption of solution-oriented sustainable actions.

Vision:  Stimulate, energize and activate communities through deep involvement in the One Earth Film Festival, maximizing citizen reach and expanding the movement.


  • Create thought-provoking, transformative opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability, and the power of human involvement.
  • Pack an intensive education & awareness punch through rich film stories, interactive discussions, and experiences.
  • “Expand the movement” by attracting people not generally involved in or already committed to “green” activities.
  • For Oak Park/River Forest to become a regional leader in sustainability.


Green Community Connections is a deep-roots organization devoted to creating a sustainable future in the Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois area.  An all-volunteer organization, we work together to build a resilient, environmentally sustainable community locally, and we strive to be an environmental leader in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

Our mission is to develop a deeper understanding of natural systems, build community, and inspire change that promotes sustainability at the family, organizational and public policy levels.

Young Filmmakers Contest

In conjunction with the 2013 film festival, Green Community Connections instroduced the annual One Earth…Our Earth! Young Filmmakers Contest.  The contest is open to students from grades 3 through college level and was created with the goal of engaging the youth in the discussion about sustainability issues and getting them thinking about solutions.  Each winning filmmaker will receive a cash prize and matching grant of equal value to be given to a non-profit organization chosen by the filmmaker.  Winning films are featured at One Earth Film Festival.

For more information, contact Sally Stovall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..