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Opening Night of KCET & Link TV's EARTH FOCUS Environmental Film Festival

Patrick Fabian, Kristin Davis, Raphael Sbarge, Sharon Lawrence Photo: THT


By: Judy Shields


Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 7/29/17 – “I think what is important is to come together at events like tonight and really think about what each of us do. What choices can we make during each day to change our world just through our actions.  Each of us are just single people, but we are not a government, but we are ourselves and with our dollars we make a choice, with every action we take, we make a choice and that is why I think film is so powerful because it brings people into the worlds that they might not have another way to see, no exposure to.”  Kristin Davis told The Hollywood Times last night.

Opening night advance screening of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” at Paramount Studios’ Sherry Lansing Theatre was introduced by environmental activist/actress Kristin Davis. A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture the sequel shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.


The first celebrity on the “Green Carpet” last night was James Cromwell, wearing a nice blue shirt and dark blue sport coat and fancy sunglasses.  The Hollywood Times caught up with James Cromwell on the Green Carpet.  He said that he just got out of prison and that he was in long enough to know that he does not want to particularly, but he would if he had to.  The issue that he is currently fighting is the build out of the hydro fracking infrastructure in New York and what it is doing to Pennsylvania and the local people in his community.  What is it going to do to the world, in terms of Global Warming.  He believes it is out of our control and no one will be able to stop it.  He went on to say he was also just arrested down in San Diego for interrupting the disgraceful Orca show.  He truly believes it is wrong to keep these huge creatures in the small, chemical laced water and they need to be free.

James Cromwell Photo: THT

James Cromwell said “inform yourself, pick something that you care about, start to talk to people, find out what organizations there are out there, because it takes organizations, and it there is not an organization out there, start one!  Go out in the streets, do everything that you can, because ultimately it will come down to putting your body where your mouth is and doing an act of civil disobedience in order to get the attention.  Noting is getting these politicians attention now, they are not listening to us and that has to end!

Patrick Fabian (friend of Green Wish) looking dashing on the Green Carpet told The Hollywood Times that his good friend Raphael Sbarge (co-founder of Green Wish) got him involved this event.  He believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to get involved in the environment we live in.  He wants clean water and to preserve the natural parks for all of us to enjoy.  “If it’s not my job to do that, whose job is it?”  To come out and see a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, so rang a bell for me and some many others.  I can’t wait to see it and I know there will be content to make us shake our heads and say no, that can’t possibly be true.  The power of film and art is there to illuminate and shine a light on things that are difficult and awkward, nonetheless effect all of us.”

Patrick Fabian and Kristin Davis Photo: THT

Patrick Fabian talked about his 4 and 6 year daughter and how he took them to the march for science and they had a great time, until it got hot, and they found some Italian ice and they were happy again.  His six year daughter asked him why they had to march and Patrick told her she was going to have to march a lot in her life in order to stand up for what is right and to stand up for the truth and to let people know that what she believes in matters.  Good advice from Dad.  He also talked about how much hotter it is now these past 10 years or more.  He has been teaching his daughters about turning off the water when they brush their teeth.  He likes to take them to the beach, camping and they just visited Yosemite.  Another quote was “Teddy Roosevelt’s teeth would fall out of his head if he got out of his coffin today.” He also mentioned a Dr. Brooner peppermint soap found at Trader Joe’s and how Dr. Brooner made a video on how to take a shower in a sink using just a capful of his peppermint soap.


Patrick Fabian will also be part of the FREE Earth Focus Environmental Festival this Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. introducing the 1:30 p.m. show of  “RISE: Sacred Water – Standing Rock (Part 1)” followed by “RISE: Poisoned River” (Total Running Time 1 hr. 34 min.)

Kristin Davis Photo: THT

The Green Carpet had the honor of a beautiful woman in a light flowing pink dress. Who you might ask, well none other than Kristin Davis.  She looked absolutely stunning in her light pink dress.


She was the opening night presenter and she told the many reporters on the Green carpet how excited she was to be here to present Al Gore’s new movie.  She spoke about her documentary special called “Gardeners of Eden” about the elephant poaching crisis, which is also just to bring awareness.  If people don’t know something is happening, then how are they going to be able to act.  “Our newspapers and media in general are overwhelmed with chaos in our world, obviously and it can be overwhelming and it can be a burden.  We are making films for people. People watch movies, people watch television shows, people are open to media ,they see it on their cellphones now, just about everywhere they go.  We can change things, if we are motivated, if we have hope and that is why we are here today!  There is hope and we can do a lot and think that’s one thing Al Gore has shown us, that is takes a lot of work and it’s not a simple, easy thing, like getting a hybrid car, wow, it’s over, it’s not that easy, that’s why we all have to come together and I think LA of all places, it took me two hours to get here tonight, we can see the need, we have to address and think about what each of us as human beings can do to change things.”

Jay Famiglietti, a water scientist (hydrologist) with NASA/JPL and he is featured in the 10:30 a.m.:  “Water & Power: A California Heist” (1 hr. 26 min.) film being shown at the FREE Earth Focus Environmental Festival this Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.  The film will be introduced by actor Ed Begley Jr. (Green Wish Founding Member).  Jay Famiglietti told The Hollywood Times that he uses satellites and develops computer models to track how fresh water availability is changing all over the world.  There is a difference between the water underground, which is called ground water and water that we see in rivers and lakes, that is called surface water.  Although we had a good winter this year, we still rely on the underground water to grow our crops and food.  We have been depleting that for over a century now.  The ground water levels are dropping and dropping.  Millions of year to fill up these aquifer, underground reservoirs and we are burning through that water supply in about 100 years.  Groundwater is the water present beneath Earth’s surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of rock formations. A unit of rock or an unconsolidated deposit is called an aquifer when it can yield a usable quantity of water.  This film is really going to be worth seeing, since we all take for granite the water we seem to have.

Sarain Fox Photo: THT

Sarain Fox, host of Rise on Viceland.  Of Anishinabe lineage, Sarain is a passionate spokesperson for her aboriginal community north of Toronto and wears the beauty of her heritage with pride. Sarain explains that, “through film and acting my goal is to tell the stories that allow us to relearn our self’s as aboriginal people.” Through her pursuit of recognition as a name in the film industry, Sarain hopes to open new doors and opportunities for Aboriginal youths.  She was a contemporary and ballet dancer for many years and decided to go to film school because she thought she had a career ending injury, which turned out not to be and continued dancing.  Since those two worlds came together, Viceland reached out to her and asked if she wanted to host the show.  Sarain Fox will be on hand for the FREE Earth Focus Environmental Festival this Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. for a Q&A for the two films:  RISE: Sacred Water – Standing Rock (Part 1) followed by  RISE: Poisoned River  (Total Running Time 1 hr. 34 min.).  Sacred Water examines the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which became worldwide news as the largest gathering of indigenous people in more than a century who came together to protect the area’s water. While Poisoned River  follows Brazil’s Krenak People who are struggling to survive in the wake of a massive toxic spill that has contaminated their drinking water, hunting grounds and culture.

Sharon Lawrence Photo: THT

Sharon Lawrence, Green Wish Founding Member, Actress currently starring in “Queen Sugar” and Netflix’s “The Ranch” and she will be in an upcoming new show for CBS called “Me, Myself & I” is an upcoming American comedy television series. The series stars Bobby Moynihan, Jack Dylan Grazer, John Larroquette, Brian Unger, Jaleel White, Kelen Coleman, Christopher Paul Richards, Reylynn Caster, and Skylar Gray. A show about a guy and three phases of his life.  How he learns lessons, both moving forward and holding him back.

She is on the board of Heal the Bay and Green Wish and she said she is a scuba diver and that is how she got so invested in ocean conservation.  She saw all the dead reefs and it was clear to her that this needs to be addressed and have to talk about it.

Bethany Joy Lenz Photo: THT

Sharon Lawrence said “documentaries are really giving us a glimpse into places that most of us would not get to see personally buy will be effective as the climate continues to deteriorate.

Kat Sharpe, daughter of Stanley Kramer & Karen Sharpe Kramer told The Hollywood Times that she has her own cinema series called Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World, click on the link to check it out:

Her tenth anniversary will be in 2018 and her dad was Stanley Kramer, the filmmaker who made the 35 socially conscious films, so she presents and showcases socially conscious films and documentaries very much following in her Father’s footsteps but they are all current new films.  She is involved in the environment and the ocean environmental activist.

Jazmyn Simon Photo: THT

Cara Santa Maria, who is a reporter at KCET’s SoCal Connected told The Hollywood Times that she loves the environmental reporting and she just about to wrap up Season 2 of Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix.  She loves working with Bill and said he is so funny.  He had her Mother on the Green carpet with her, who is going to be able to see a taping of the Bill Nye show on Saturday.  Cara Santa Maria said she was looking forward to seeing Al Gore’s new movie and that hopefully there was some words of inspiration with hope.

Here is a list of some of the invited guest from last night’s screening: Writer/Actor Mike Judge (Silicon Valley, King of the Hill), Actor James Cromwell (The Queen, Babe, L.A. Confidential), Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Training Day, Blindspot, Broadchurch), Actress Rachael Harris (Lucifer, The Hangover), Actor and Producer Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time, Longmire), Actor Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul, General Hospital), Actor Mike Farrell (M.A.S.H.), Actress Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue, Queen Sugar, The Ranch), Comedian Tig Notaro (One Mississippi, In a World), Comedian Kyle Dunnigan (Trainwreck, Reno 911!), Actress Lesley Fera (Pretty Little Liars), Producer Effie T. Brown (Project Greenlight, Real Women Have Curves), Actress Bethany Joy Lenz (Colony, One Tree Hill), Actress Amy Pietz (The Office, Caroline in the City), Actress Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll), Actress Tina Huang (The Night Shift, Rizzoli & Isles), Actress Jennifer Landon (Animal Kingdom, As the World Turns), Actress Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills 90210, Deck the Halls), Actress Karen Sharpe Kramer (The Wild Wild West, I Dream of Jeannie), Actor Keith David (Greenleaf, Future Man), Actress Lotte Verbeek (Outlander, The Blacklist), Actress Kathleen Robertson (Murder in the First, Beverly Hills 90210), Actor Aidan Gallagher (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn), Musician Low Leaf, Actor Galen Gering (Passions, Days of Our Lives), Actor Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Beetlejuice), Actress Romi Dias (Doubt, The Mentalist), Co-Anchor of FOX’s Good Day LA Lisa McCree and Producer Don Granger (Jack Reacher, Mission Impossible). Host of KCET’s Lost LA Nathan Masters, Anchor of KCET’s SoCal Connected Val Zavala, Producer/Reporter of KCET’s SoCal Connected Nic Cha Kim, Reporter of KCET’s SoCal Connected Cara Santa Maria, Host of KCET Must See Movies Pete Hammond and KCETLink President & CEO Michael Riley.

Romi Dias Photo: THT

Directors Bonni Cohen (Audrie & Daisy, The Rape of Europa) and Jon Shenk (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Audrie & Daisy) spoke briefly to the audience about the movie itself and getting together with Al Gore to talk about the making of his sequel.

Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Release date: July 28, 2017 (USA)
Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
Production company: Participant Media
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Music composed by: Jeff Beal
Cast: Al Gore
Producers: Diane Weyermann, Richard Berge

Click the link to see the trailer for the new movie opening tonight, July 28th.

The movie is truly worth watching on the big screen.  Amazing aerial footage around the world, great stories, but also not so great stories and footage, but we must see the devastation around the world to realize we all must help to make our planet healthy for all living creatures.

Please take your family to watch it this weekend. We all owe it to this great planet we inhabit.   Get involved, and one way to do that is go see this movie, be inspired to help out.  It’s about hope.

In its debut outing, KCETLink’s EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place Sat., July 29 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Hollywood’s iconic Egyptian Theatre. The free event is open to the public featuring five additional acclaimed films throughout the day tackling the most relevant global environmental issues today. Celebrity environmental activists including filmmaker/actor Raphael Sbarge, actor Ed Begley Jr. (Ghostbusters, St. Elsewhere), actor Patrick Fabian and actress Sharon Lawrence will introduce each film that will be followed by post-screening dialogues with the filmmakers. Free general admission tickets are available at

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