Usually when the New Year rolls around, it brings a blanket of snow with a side of terrifyingly cold weather. This year, however, started by teasing us with spring weather in early January. Unfortunately, now that New Jersey has remembered that January is supposed to be freezing, it has limited the options of what to do with a free weekend. Luckily the 2012 Princeton Environmental Film Festival has come to our rescue.
Since the festival starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday January 26 (thru Sunday February 12), it gives you a chance to run through your list of friends or family members who might like to join you for these next three weekends. Considering that the film festival is being held in the Princeton Public Library in downtown Princeton, it takes the stress out finding it or struggling to park as the garage is right next door.
You won’t want to miss the first day as the opening film “Connected: An Autoblogography of Love, Death and Technology” by Tiffany Shlain was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. A chance to see a fab movie without the hassle of going to Utah. Hurrah! Many of the other movies in this festival have earned honors or special recognition so you are sure to catch something great each day.
If you are a big movie fan of well, big movies then you will want to know the there are actually two films being shown that were honored at Sundance: “Buck” (being shown on Feb. 3) and “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” (being shown on Feb. 10).
With so many different films about the environment being shown throughout these weekends, it might actually be hard to fight the urge to go out there and make a change as soon as Spring arrives. In the meantime, I think watching highly-recognized films over the next few weekends might be what the doctor recommended for this cold weather. Be sure to take the winter blues away with the 2012 Princeton Environmental Film Festival at the Princeton Public Library starting Thursday January the 26th at 7p.m. See you there.
For the full list of festival films, go to www.princetonlibrary.org/peff or go to their official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/princetonenvironmentalfilmfestival
Written for PrincetonScoop by Gabriela Castelan.