Miss the Festival? Visit the Library!

Did you miss this year’s Rivers of Justice Film Festival? Well, you can still watch the two feature films by visiting the Three Rivers Public Library; both Inhabit and Ground Operations are now available in the TRPL collection! Thank you again to the Library for being a sponsor of this year’s Festival. We’re excited to continue our collaboration by making these great films available for our community. Check them out!

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came together on Saturday to watch a wide variety of films that showed the power of growing food to bring healing to people and communities around the world!

We started things off on Saturday afternoon with a small group at World Fare to watch 10 shorts in 40 minutes. After a brief discussion, we chose “Everybody Eats”—a short film about pay-what-you-can restaurants—to show before the final feature film of the Festival. Several in the group thought a pay-what-you-can restaurant in downtown Three Rivers would be a great idea!

We gathered at the Riviera Theatre on Saturday night and kicked things off with Ron Finley’s TED Talk about guerrilla gardening in South Central Los Angeles. “Growing your own food is like printing your own money,” Finley says as he works with a group of volunteers to grow vegetables in parkways around South Central. Finley sees the work of growing good food as a strategy to bring healing to his community and to provide alternatives for his neighbors. His work is inspiring!

Our first feature film, Ground Operations, featured the stories of dozens of veterans returning from war zones who found another kind of healing in the soil. Struggling with the things they had seen and experienced in some of the most violent places on earth, these veterans found that spending time growing food and raising animals had a profound effect on their ability to work through their trauma. After the film, Adam Ingrao, a veteran farmer in Lansing, shared his own story and discussed the ongoing movement to connect veterans to farmer networks in the state and across the county.

Our second and final feature film, Inhabit, highlighted the permaculture movement and the many efforts to change our interaction with the land to bring healing to entire ecosystems. From collecting rainwater to growing food on urban lots to growing food forests, the film had all kinds of ideas for folks looking to care for their own piece of ground.

The food during the breaks was delicious, the conversation was rich, and the company was a wonderful reminder of the gifts in our own community. All in all, it was a great night. We look forward to where the conversation will take us and what it could lead to in Three Rivers!

Watch feature film trailers

You can now watch trailers for both Ground Operations and Inhabit on our web site to get ready for this Saturday’s film festival!

We’ll start out the festival at 3:00 at World Fare, showing 10 short films in 40 minutes. We’ll kick things off at the Riviera Theatre at 6:00 with a short TED Talk by Ron Finley about guerrilla gardening in South Central, followed directly by Ground Operations. After the showing, we’ll have the chance to have a moderated conversation with local veteran farmers about their work in Michigan. Finally, we’ll show Inhabit at 8:00 with the opportunity to discuss the film formally or informally afterward. Join us!

Just added: Free films in the afternoon!

The Rivers of Justice Film Festival is hosting a screening of the Real Food Films’ ten finalists for best shorts in food, farming, and sustainability. We’ll watch 10 short films in 40 minutes! After this free screening at 3:00pm on April 30 at World Fare (37 N. Main St.), we’ll vote for our favorite as a group. The top choice will be shown before Inhabit in the evening session. Join us!

Sponsor the 2016 Rivers of Justice Film Festival

Each year, the Rivers of Justice committee works to encourage support of the film festival through individual, organizational and business sponsorships.  Would you like to help defray the costs of this wonderful event?  Please join us!

As our thanks, we include the names of our sponsors on the film festival web site, in the printed program and in a slide show that runs during the festival.  There are a few ways you can get involved for either sponsorship or display:

  • Financial sponsorship: Individuals and non-profit organizations usually give $25-$50 and businesses tend to give $50-$100. You can drop off a check at World Fare or sponsor online now.
  • In-kind sponsorship: Donate items like food for the reception or free advertising.
  • Table display:  Those who fit the festival’s justice theme in some way are welcome to have a free display table at the Riviera Theatre both nights of the event.  If you’d like to make a donation for your space, we will gladly list you as a sponsor.

Thank you for supporting the Rivers of Justice Film Festival in whatever ways you are able!  We are looking forward to a great event this year.

Join us for the 7th Annual Rivers of Justice Film Festival!

Join us at the beautiful Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers on April 30 for one night of great documentary films and conversations exploring the ways we grow food.  From veterans finding a new mission in addressing food security to activists growing food in forgotten urban spaces to farmers looking for long-term solutions to food issues, this year’s films offer a wide range of fascinating voices to consider. The festival will also feature a conversation with local veteran farmers. Check the schedule for more details.

Tickets are available now online or at the Riviera Theatre box office the night of the Festival.  Tickets are $6 for each feature-length film or $10 for the entire Festival.

Announcing the 6th Annual Rivers of Justice Film Festival!

Join us at the beautiful Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers on April 4 and April 5 for two nights of great documentary films exploring the international banana trade, mass incarceration and transformative shop class.  We’ll start the Festival with a potluck at World Fare on Friday night and end with a reception on Saturday at the Riviera Theatre Bar.  Check the schedule for more details.

Tickets are available online or at the Riviera Theatre box office.  Tickets are $5 for each feature-length film or $10 for the entire Festival.

Fifth annual justice film festival to explore community action

The Rivers of Justice Film Festival will take place on April 20-21 in downtown Three Rivers. Organized by World Fare, a non-profit, volunteer-run fair trade store, the festival includes three feature-length films at the Riviera Theatre (50 N. Main St.). A double feature on April 20 at 7:00 p.m. costs just $5 and tickets come with a $5 gift certificate to World Fare. Pray the Devil Back to Hell tells the story of Liberian women who came together to end a civil war, while Fixing the Future looks at some of the creative ways that U.S. communities are organizing for economic development and sustainability. Before and after the films on April 20, World Fare (37 N. Main St.) will host a free pre-festival discussion with coffee and tea at 4:30, a potluck dinner at 5:30 and a reception at 10:00. A third film, The Thin Green Line, is sponsored by the local Save the Frogs committee for free at 3:00 p.m. on April 21.

  • WHAT: Rivers of Justice Film Festival 2013
  • WHEN: Saturday, April 20-Sunday April 21
  • WHERE: Historic downtown Three Rivers
  • TICKETS: $5 (includes a $5 gift certificate for World Fare), plus several free events

Around the world and right in our own back yard, ordinary citizens are working together to make our world a better place to live through such endeavors as ending violent conflict, promoting creative economic growth and protecting vulnerable species. The fifth annual Rivers of Justice Film Festival in downtown Three Rivers April 20-21 will highlight just a few such stories in an effort to encourage conversation about the possibilities for positive community action, both here and abroad.
The festival kicks off on Saturday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m. with a free discussion featuring fair trade coffee and tea at World Fare (37 N. Main St.). At 5:30 p.m., World Fare will host a potluck dinner. Then, the action moves across the street to the Riviera Theatre (50 N. Main St.) for the evening’s double feature, which begins at 7:00 p.m. and costs $5 (includes a $5 gift certificate to World Fare). At 7:00 p.m., Pray the Devil Back to Hell will tell the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. After a break and discussion, the evening’s films will continue at 9:00 p.m. with Fixing the Future, which documents a tour of U.S. communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs, build prosperity and inspire hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by economic collapse. Following the films, World Fare will host a reception with local treats to continue the conversation prompted by the evening’s films.
On April 21, the festival continues with a free showing of The Thin Green Line, a documentary that explores the environmental factors affecting the worldwide frog population. As a local expression of this year’s community action theme, this film is sponsored by the local Save the Frogs committee in anticipation of events on April 27 for Save the Frogs Day.
The Rivers of Justice Film Festival, organized by the non-profit, volunteer-run store World Fare, will be an educational celebration, exploring both problems and solutions. The public is invited to participate.

Trailers for Rivers of Justice 2013 films!

We’ve just posted trailers for the three feature-length films we’re showing at this year’s annual Rivers of Justice Film Festival! This year we’re highlighting community action through three very different films:

Check out the trailers; then join us for three provocative films and engaging conversations with others interested in community action. We look forward to seeing you on April 20!

Thin Green Line

Frogs are disappearing at an alarming rate. Check out this documentary and then get involved with the local movement to save our frogs!