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Birthday Canyon in Greenland during the filming of "Chasing Ice." (AP Photo/Extreme Ice Survey, James Balog)
Posted: Wednesday January 30, 2013

WHAT: Fourth annual Westwood Green Screen film festival.
Jan. 31 through Feb. 6, showtimes vary.
Westwood Cinema, 182 Center Ave., and Westwood Free Public Library, 49 Park Ave.
$35 for entry to all six films and pre-festival dinner. Admission to films being shown at Westwood Cinema is $10; films being shown at Westwood Public Library are free.
For a full schedule and to buy tickets, go to westwood.bccls.org.

Pre-film reception to be held at Bibi'z Restaurant, 284 Center Ave., Westwood, Jan. 31, 6 p.m.

Westwood is hosting its fourth annual Green Screen film festival, which will feature six full-length movies about a variety of earth-conscious topics, some widely discussed and some that few know about.

The festival will feature the acclaimed film "Chasing Ice" (photos above), winner of Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary from the Environmental Media Association's EMA Awards.

Melting glaciers, the controversy behind "fracking," the danger of plastic bags and idling cars will all be topics to be seen on the screen during the festival.

"Environmental issues are not straightforward; there are a lot of opinions and ideas and information out there being presented by different sides," said Martha Urbiel, director of the Westwood Public Library and one of the festival's organizers. "Showing these films is a good opportunity to get people talking locally about these issues."

To read more about the films, click here or visit westwood.bccls.org for tickets.

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