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Riding with Sustainability at Theme Parks

September 25, 2009 15:17 by Jenn
            
When people talk about minimizing our negative impact on the environment, it takes only moments to realize the many things we could surely live without. As we adjust our frivolous lifestyles one day at a time in order to live more sustainably, industry leaders have begun working on their carbon footprints as well. The promotional product industry has adapted to the call for sustainability by re-shelving with eco-friendly promotional items. Sustainable building standards are being implemented on all new constructions. Theme parks are going green - and not by building a new Hulk roller coaster.

The Green Wood forest park in Wales opened in 1993 and has been working with the environment to create fun and adventure for families since then. Their original ride, the green dragon, is the world's first eco-friendly roller coaster and uses people-power to reduce the need for electricity. This roller coaster is amazing.
                   
Each train holds 20 people that will in fact power their very own ride. The interactive roller coaster requires riders to walk up stairs to the first launching pad. The combined weight soaring down the tracks is enough to pull the train over the hill by steel ropes and pulleys. Riders then walk up another set of steps leading to their train and a wondrous and environmentally friendly ride that includes a 360 degree loop while going 25mph. But this isn't the only eco-friendly ride in the park.
                  
Instead of having motor boats in their water jungle adventure, the creators have placed long ropes from the high trees to mimic vines. Boaters then float from rope to rope making this another interactive ride. The best part about the Green Wood forest park is that it doesn't just have eco-friendly rides; it also encourages visitors to appreciate nature. There's even a den building section that provides you with all natural materials in hopes that you can build your own den and prove that you can live in the wilderness. This would be a great place for some cool custom outdoor products too.
      
Eco-friendliness is sprouting in theme parks in the United States as well. This summer 6 Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey refurbished their 35 year old, 15-story attraction; The Big Wheel. This Ferris wheel is now illuminated at night with 7.924 energy-saving LED bulbs that are reducing around 8.5 million pounds of carbon emission compared to the regular bulbs they were using. That's the same amount of carbon emission reduction that planting 2,850 would get you.

It's awesome to see that even theme parks are doing their part to make this a greener world. Of course, eco-friendly promotional giveaways can be found at both Green Woods and 6 Flags, which makes these fun parks perfect eco-friendly getaways.

Getting Naked with Eco-Friendly Promotional Drinkware

September 15, 2009 09:19 by Jenn
            

Individuals trying to reduce their carbon footprint have been adopting eco-friendly tendencies everyday. Simple changes in habits like shutting off the water while brushing your teeth and riding a bicycle to work are paving the way to a greener world. Other people are taking a proactive stand when it comes to being environmentally friendly by growing their own vegetable gardens and creating backyard composts.

When it comes to clothing, green-followers choose eco-friendly promotional apparel. Of course the greenest outfit you can ever wear is nakedness. Therefore, with the launch of their new 100% recycled custom bottles, Naked Juice is supporting a very green lifestyle.
        
The all-natural, 100% juice and protein smoothies originated on the sandy shores of California where they were marketed towel to towel at the beaches in the early 80s. Over 25 years later, Naked Juice can be found in super markets, health food stores and now, Facebook.

After becoming the first nationally-distributed brand to transition to 100% post-consumer recycled bottles (PET), Naked Juice is spreading their green spirit across the web through an application on Facebook appropriately named, “Naked Message in a Bottle.” Facebookers world-wide are encouraged to “drink” their favorite Naked Juice. As a cool customizing opportunity people are able to create a “Message in the Bottle” as they pass these Naked bottles on to friends. They're basically distributing custom water bottles across the virtual world.

Naked Juice will be donating 5 cents to “Keep America Beautiful” for every “virtual bottle” of Naked Juice, that’s been drank on Facebook.  “Keep America Beautiful” is an educational and hands-on corporation working to greenify communities and public places. With the support of Facebook users, Naked Juice will donate up to $400,000 to the worthy corporation.
 
As eco-friendly drinkware increases in popularity, consumers will challenge distributors to abide by eco-friendly standards. Matt McKenna, president and CEO of “Keep America Beautiful, Inc” agrees with this and said, “The Naked Juice reNEWabottle represents a commitment to sustainable design that supports a closed loop, and encourages responsible consumer choices. We’re happy to be a partner in this effort.”

Just like many eco friendly sports bottles, the Naked Juice’s latest bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic that is biodegradable and BPA free. The environmentally savvy promotional drinkware that Naked Juice has created will definitely help to boost sales because in the world we’re living in, sustainability sells.

Why It's Green To Go Vegetarian

September 14, 2009 15:24 by Sarah
            

Recently, I've been experimenting with a vegetarian lifestyle. I came up with this idea fairly out of the blue and while I'm not entirely sure it's for me, I do know that there are many atrocities when it comes to the killing of animals for food. In college, I read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, and yet I had no problem going to breakfast and eating sausages. A professor of mine had a wife who was a Vegan and he worked at an animal sanctuary, so from him I learned the benefits of eating free range meat, although I never do because it's so expense. But now I'm just trying this out for a month, and while I'm sure I will eat meat again, I doubt I will eat as much as I used to. Already, it's hard though because I know I'm not getting enough protein (which I think is the reason why I feel so tired today.) However, I feel a little bit better. It wasn't that Tomato Basil Bruschetta boca burger I had for lunch (ps: not a fan), it's the fact that going vegetarian is an excellent way to go green. Check out this article via The Vegetarian Society.

There were approximately 6.5 billion people living on earth in 20081, this number is expected to rise to 9 billion by 20502 and as the world’s population continues to grow, our requirement for food will also increase. With dwindling resources and an already increasing number of undernourished people in the world, the effects could be devastating. Worldwide food production requires around 30% of the total soil available, 20% of fossil fuel energy and a major part of the fresh water flow3. Raising cattle is one of the most damaging components of agriculture4. They cause the most environmental damage of any non-human species through over-grazing, soil erosion, desertification, tropical deforestation for ranches and growing of soya for their feed, in addition to their gaseous emissions and manure products.

Meat and seafood are the two most rapidly growing ingredients in the global diet and also two of the most costly in resource use. In 2006, 276 million tonnes of chicken, pork, beef and other meat were produced, 4 times as much as in 1961. On average, each person eats twice as much meat as back then (43kgs). The fishing industry harvested 141 million tonnes of seafood globally in 2005, 8 times as much as in 19505.

Meat is now the single largest source of animal protein in all affluent nations6 and demand for animal flesh is expected to more than double by the year 20507. Within this timescale the livestock population is expected to rise from 60 billion farm animals to 120 billion8. In order to meet this growing appetite, animals will no doubt be reared more intensively and cheaply with factory farming and aquaculture (fish farming) causing further pollution, water and land usage. If nothing is done, the environmental impact of meat production can only increase.

Diet is an important tool in working to achieve environmental sustainability. Studies on world food security estimate that an affluent diet containing meat requires up to 3 times as many resources as a vegetarian diet9. Going vegetarian is an easy way to lower your own environmental impact and help ensure worldwide food security4, 10, 11.

There are many reasons to eat seasonally. Your ingredients will be fresher and therefore tastier. If produced locally, they will have less impact on the environment, thanks to reduced energy use and associated CO2 emissions from their production and transportation. Buying seasonal fruit and vegetables is also a good way to support your local economy and farming communitites.

‘Season to Taste’ – vegetarian recipes throughout the year, is a practical aid to green living. Not only does it give you delicious, vegetarian recipes it also features exclusively UK-grown seasonal produce. Our chefs have proved that it is indeed possible to eat tasty, veggie, locally grown, seasonal food all year round! We hope you enjoy it.

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Going Green with Great Green Businesses

September 8, 2009 10:32 by Jenn
            

Each day the world is moving a step closer to sustainability by implementing new and improved green practices. Special promotions have been offered to get gas guzzlers off of the road, famous figures have urged us to be mindful of our "flushing habits," and now New Homes Inc., a California based home Improvement Company, is working to make green construction readily available.
                          

New Homes Inc. plans to open a chain of 25 stores throughout California that will offer the best in construction and installation of green products. Rich Rifkin, CEO of the environmentally-friendly company said, "I decided to create a company that would link construction trades to the green movement." By offering free environmental education and certification/training programs for homeowners and professional, New Homes Inc. will make sustainable construction opportunities available to all.

As building standards across the world change, green construction has become a staple of society. Likewise, social networking has become a key to a successful business. Therefore, New Home Inc. is also launching a site with live chat, virtual conference rooms and up-to-date blogs. A company with so much forward thinking is bound to get great use out of promotional products as well.
                 
At a past Green Build International Expo, professionals boasted the latest and greatest in green building products. Another California business, Rana Creek, offered their living roofs service/products to visitors to the expo. This business allows for plants to grown on rooftops to catch and filter rainwater in urban areas in hopes to eliminated over-run sewage systems. This helps to conserve water, and personalized bags like the one the woman is wearing in picture above helps to make that eco-friendly company memorable. Likewise, all tradeshow giveaways from the expo helped to promote individual sustainable businesses in achieving success.

Another stand out company from the Green Build expo was the Smart Strand, Mohawk Industries carpeting. They use corn in the manufacturing of some of their carpets. Their awesome promotional display of corn made from yarn was an effective way to create a buzz for their business.

The Green Build International Expo will be heading to Arizona in November and is sure to feature amazing green businesses like, New Home Inc. and utilize eco-friendly promotional products for the satisfaction of attendees and exposure for the businesses.
               

The Benefits of Promotional Stainless Steel Water Bottles

August 31, 2009 11:40 by Jenn
            

In the course of a year, 38 billion water bottles are piled up in lifeless landfills across the world. To stay out of harms way, we need to stop burying our problems in our backyard. Instead, we must move forward with innovative ideas and eco-friendly alternatives to the growing problems associated with pollution and waste. With the adoption of promotional stainless steel water bottles in your life, the world is getting one step closer to its sustainable goal.  

 


While many of the benefits of custom stainless steel water bottles pertain to environmentally friendly living, there are other important perks to be explored. Switching to promotional stainless steel sports bottles leads to a healthy earth and a healthy you. Typical plastic water bottles and nalgene containers can contain traces of the synthetic chemical Bisphtnol (BPA) that interferes with your body's natural hormonal messaging system. New developments are discovered each day but none of them give the green light to plastic water bottles. Instead, people are urged to use promotional stainless steel water bottles that are BPA-free. These great custom BPA-free water bottles were created to keep their users healthy and encourage healthy living habits for the sake of our earth.

In an effort to make custom stainless steel sports bottles attractive to all, many special features and personalizations have been made available. Options like, attached promotional carabiners, built-in straws and an assortment of designs allow all parties to customize their ideal promotional stainless steel sports bottles. Some brand names have even created stainless steel sippy-cups for children. Raising children with fears of global warming can be constructive, but instilling an appreciation of the earth and providing children with alternatives, like custom stainless steel sports bottles is best way to ensure a green future in our world.

Using promotional stainless steel water bottles for promotional awareness events and other special occasions will help people to remember your environmentally friendly business' name. These custom stainless steel water bottles are eco-friendly, pose no harm to you and come in many different styles, making it hard to believe that they're also cost effective. But consider the amount of water bottles you personally consume in a day, have you contributed to the billions of water bottle trash each year? With custom stainless steel sports bottles, you're encouraging sustainable living and giving your company the brand recognition it deserves.      
                      

Top 15 organic foods to buy and eat

August 27, 2009 11:34 by human
            

So many organic options, so little money. What's a conscious eater to do?

For starters, not all un-organic food has as high a pesticide contamination as others. What does that mean? It means that you don't have to buy everything organic. Phew! Thank goodness, because our wallets would be hurting--and empty--if we did that.

Here's are lists of the "dirtiest" and "cleanest" fruits and veggies out there, according to the
Environmental Working Group:

Highest pesticide levels:

1. Peach
2. Apple
3. Sweet bell pepper
4. Celery
5. Nectarine
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Kale
9. Lettuce
10. Grapes--imported
11. Carrot
12. Pear
13. Collard Greens
14. Spinach
15. Potato 

Lowest pesticide levels:
47. Onion
46. Avocado
45. Sweet corn--frozen
44. Pineapple
43. Mango
42. Asparagus
41. Sweet peas--frozen
40. Kiwi
39. Cabbage
38. Eggplant
37. Papaya
36. Watermelon
35. Broccoli
34. Tomato
33. Sweet potato

In addition to produce, buying organic meat, milk and coffee is recommended. 

Author: Supriya Doshi

Via: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/practically-green/2009/08/top-15-organic-foods-to-buy-and-eat.html

First Ever Totally Green Pizzeria

August 20, 2009 15:23 by Jenn
            

We may have to turn this Eco-Friendly blog into an Eco-Friendly Pizza blog after the second pizza entry in a row. What can I say? I love pizza and I love environmentally friendly products. That's exactly what Cer té, is all about. They announced that in the early fall of this year, the popular cafe and catering company will launch New York City's first ever "green" pizzeria.Unlike other food company's that say they're "eco-friendly," Cer té will actually be eco-friendly from the building it’s in to the food they serve.

The chef and owner, Edward Sylvia said, "Pizza by Cer té's environment conscious concept is what New York is starting to be all about now." Being a resident of New York and belonging to a business that began in New York, I can agree that being green is becoming more and more popular.

The government is working on creating sustainable living in the city, Cash for Clunkers is giving up to five grand for cars that get good mileage, and Motivators is planting a tree for all eco-friendly products ordered. Now how is Cer té going green?

                

For one, their building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. They'll also be reutilizing the heat from the pizza ovens and using rain water for non consumption water uses. As far as the food goes, all supplies will be purchased locally and delivered by foot or in a hybird truck. Want it "green" on the go? All of Cer té's utensils, paper goods and pizza boxes will be made from recycled materials.

But it doesn't stop there. An entire menu of hand rolled noodles and delicious soups, salads and sandwiches will be offered as well. And the prices? Sylvia says that you'll get the freshest high quality foods at an affordable price. I wonder how much green that really means.

Either way, I'm wishing Cer té all the luck in the world. Going green really is our future. And I hope they know they can come to another green supporter for all the eco-friendly products they could ever wish for.

Come eary Fall, make a point to stop by Certé's new "green" place in the big N.Y.C. on 56th between Park and Lexington.

Promotional Pizza Box Pleases Mother Nature

August 13, 2009 14:48 by Jenn
            
Each day, more people are joining the quest to live sustainable. Some small efforts like turning your computer to hibernate and taking shorter showers add up to make a difference. Now, there's one more eco-friendly promotional product that we can go green with...one pizza at a time.

The New York based, Environmentally Conscious Organization created and released a brand new, innovative pizza box this past May. The standard size pizza box looks just like any other. Except instead of the typical 60% recycled materials used, the green box offers 100% recycled materials. And with the addition of just a few perforated edges, you can eliminate the need for plates and the clutter in the fridge. 

           

As seen in the awesome promotional green box video, the box tears easily to create four plates and a storage unit. Pretty sweet. Pretty smart. Pretty much exactly the way I ate pizza while in college. No need for dishes! Just rip that box apart. I'd say the green box is a bit of an upgrade from that.The E.C.O. website asks for businesses to consider using the green box and makes very good points. You're paying the same price you would for a normal pizza box except this one has special features. And like I always say, promotional multifunction tools are always my favorite. By being the one local pizzeria to serve its hot pies in an eco-friendly box, you'll gain a great reputation.

With a cool eco-friendly promo like this, E.C.O. can expect great things for their business. I'm always excited about new enviornmentally friendly promotional products and this one definitely impressed me.

Rising Waters Imperil Coastal Property

August 11, 2009 19:41 by human
            

The historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was built in 1870 on a strip of sand more than a quarter mile from the water's edge. It was thought to be safe from the sea's force. For almost a century, it was. But by the 1970s, the slow rise of the ocean's waves threatened its foundation. The lighthouse was a mere 160 feet from the water's edge.

To preserve the landmark, the nation's tallest brick lighthouse, the National Park Service moved it more than half a mile inland—an engineering feat that took a decade to plan and cost taxpayers a whopping $10 million.

Beach-front owners on the Outer Banks are losing ground, too. People from all over visit the shores, which are now lined with beach houses, explains Doug Stover, cultural resource manager of Cape Hatteras National Sea Shore. "What's happening," says Stover, "is that they're losing more sand so they're trucking in more sand ... to preserve their homes."

How global warming raises sea levels

Higher seas are one of the most certain consequences of global warming. Why? For one, melting glaciers and polar ice sheets add water to our oceans. Glaciers store water on land. When these huge ice masses melt into the oceans, it adds volume and water levels rise. (The concept is simple to demonstrate. Add a bunch of ice cubes to a glass of water that's already full to the brim and it will overflow. That extra water is like the extra ocean water from melting glaciers.)

On top of that, water expands as it gets warmer. So as the temperature rises, the same amount of water takes up more space. This raises sea levels higher.

Risks multiply as sea levels rise

Rising sea levels are a double whammy for the coastline. Not only do they flood the land, but higher ocean waves also erode more coastline. Coastal residents face a constellation of concerns: higher flood risk, more property damage and higher insurance rates. (Higher insurance rates can also cost taxpayers, since the federal government subsidizes flood insurance for many coastal properties.)

The lighthouse's situation illustrates another way in which global warming puts coastal property owners in double jeopardy. When scientists from the National Academies of Science assessed the lighthouse's troubles, they found two main reasons for the eroding foundation: rising sea levels and hurricanes. Hurricanes are expected to get stronger as global warming worsens. (More about hurricanes and global warming.)

On the health front, rising seas also contaminate fresh water supplies with salty water in places like Philadelphia, New York City (its drought supply), and much of California's Central Valley.

Trouble throughout the country

Over the twentieth century, the seas rose between four and eight inches, ten times the average rate of the last 3,000 years. This alarming trend threatens all of the nation's coastal communities, where more than half the U.S. population lives. Other parts of the globe are vulnerable, too. More frequent and extreme flooding due to sea-level rise threatens low-lying areas near the mouths of the Nile in Egypt, the Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia, and Ganges and Brahmaputra in Bangladesh and other rivers around the world. Italy's famous sinking city of Venice, which is surrounded by water and whose ground underneath is subsiding like Louisiana's, is also particularly vulnerable.

Scientists project that sea levels will continue to rise as a result of human-produced greenhouse gas pollution and could reach an additional 3.5 inches to 3 feet by the end of the century, with the possibility of even larger rises should the ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica disintegrate. A foot of higher waters could destroy anywhere from 50 to 1,000 feet of horizontal shoreline in many parts of the U.S., depending on the slope of the coastline and other factors. Here is a snapshot of different areas suffering from rising seas.

  • One-third of the marsh at the Chesapeake Bay's Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is now submerged.

  • The edges of mangrove forests in Bermuda are lined with recently drowned trees.

  • The loss of wetlands, Mother Nature's first defense against storms, put Louisiana's coastline and New Orleans in a precarious position. About every thirty minutes an area of land the size of a football field in the Mississippi Delta vanishes and is replaced by open water. (While global warming is contributing to rising sea levels, part of Louisiana's land loss is due to subsidence from both natural and man-made causes.)

  • On the West Coast, flat, low-lying coastal areas such as the San Francisco Bay area and parts of the L.A. area also vulnerable.

  • If sea level continues to rise, thousands of square miles of land in densely populated areas such as the eastern U.S. may be lost in a century or two, and flooding during storm surges will worsen. Construction of physical barriers such as seawalls would be expensive and in some cases infeasible.

2009 DOWNTOWN FILM FESTIVAL–L.A. Announces 4th Annual Sustainable L.A.

August 6, 2009 15:09 by human
            

2009 DOWNTOWN FILM FESTIVAL–L.A. Announces 4th Annual ‘SUSTAINABLE L.A.’

An All-Day ‘Green’ Event on August 20th Free To Public

Featuring Authors/Experts, Product Expo and Notable Films

July 17, 2009 (LOS ANGELES) - Downtown Film Festival–Los Angeles has announced its fourth annual SUSTAINABLE L.A. event, co-presented by arts>Brookfield Properties, on Thursday, August 20th, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 7+FIG at Ernst and Young Plaza.
This special event will be located at 7+FIG at Ernst and Young Plaza in downtown Los Angeles located at the corner of 7th and Figueroa Streets. A farmer’s market and product expo take place on the main level, while the speakers and films will take place at the 7+FIG Art Space on the second level of the center. A reception at the Festival Lounge at the AT&T Center will follow the event, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
According to event director David Andrusia, “After four years, Sustainable L.A. is not only an important part of our Festival, but an anticipated event for environmentally conscious residents from all over the Southland. In the past, our mission has been to educate people about the value of sustainable lifestyles; this year, our goal was to make the event as do-it-yourself as possible so that people can learn exactly how to do so in ways that are rewarding, easy, and—yes—fun.”
The list of vendors and celebrated speaker/authors spans a wide range of sustainable topics, from sustainable gardening and cooking to going green with spirit and style:
11 a.m. Susan Gottlieb is an environmentalist, water conservation expert, and holds position on boards of influential environmental organizations such as Friends of the Ballona Wetlands and the Theodore Payne Foundation. She owns the "Eco-Conscience" G2 Gallery with her husband, where she showcases work of the world’s most renowned nature and wildlife photographers, donating 100% of the proceeds to environmental charities. Drawing on her extensive experience with gardening and wildlife, Susan shows us how to go green in our backyards by planting native plants which require little or no water.

12 p.m. JoAnn Cianculli, author of the highly acclaimed L.A.'s Original Farmer's Market Cookbook: Meet Me at 3rd and Fairfax, is a widely published food writer and Food Network producer who has also been a guest panelist on Bravo Network's hit show "Top Chef". She’ll share lore and anecdotes of what is arguably L.A.’s oldest sustainable market, as well as best-loved recipes of yesterday and today.

1 p.m. Corinne Trang has been called the “Julia Child of Asian Cuisine". An award-winning cookbook author, she contributes to Food & Wine, Cooking Light, and Saveur and is author of the just-published Noodles Every Day. She’ll show us why Asia boasts the world’s original sustainable cuisine—entirely based on local ingredients and regional climates and cultures.

2 p.m. Michele Carbone is the Santa Barbara-based author of Friday Evening: Creating La Dolce Vita, One Bite at a Time—in which she offers readers a year’s worth of culinary inspiration for less than the cost of a Friday night out. A knowledgeable advocate of Italian cuisine in the Old World and new, Michele will share all the best ways to grow food for and cook a traditional Mediterranean, food-based lifestyle—and the health and well-being it brings.

3 p.m Bridgett Fernandez created the Bridgett Artise Originals line in 2000 as an inspired mix of trends, vintage apparel, and edgy designs to appeal to the most fashion conscious of the day. She has been nominated for several fashion awards and featured in Lucky magazine, and her designs have graced the shoulders of fashionistas Vivica A. Fox, Sheryl Crow, and more. The author of Born Again Vintage, she’ll show us how to recreate, revamp, and recycle average vintage pieces through on-site demonstrations of her much sought-after technique.

4 p.m. Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, authors of The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City and the blog www.homegrownrevolution.com, describe their unique outlook on farming and gardening in an urban setting. Step-by-step projects include harvesting your own vegetables, raising city chickens, and converting to solar energy; the authors’ practical information encourages us to participate in sustainability every day.

5 p.m. Rubin Naiman, PhD, director of Circadian Health Associates and recognized sleep and dream medicine leader, also lays claim to groundbreaking books that include Healing Night and Healthy Sleep (co-authored with Dr. Andrew Weil). He will present his heralded blend of sleep science and alternative medicine methods—a sustainable and holistic Deep Green Sleep that all will want to adopt.

6 p.m. Florence Reed, a noted expert on ecotourism and honorary doctorate holder, has been involved in the sustainability movement since her days as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The Founder and President of Sustainable Harvest International, Florence shows us how traveling green can be rewarding, respectful, and, of course, fun, including a review of the hottest ecotourism destinations of today.

Films have been curated to reflect the most pressing sustainable issues of the day, as well as the organizational missions of the Festival’s partners—Live Earth, Environment California, and Current TV. They will be screened from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and on the half hour through 7 p.m. The centerpiece film of the program is the Los Angeles premiere of “A Sea Change,” a new documentary about ocean acidification directed by Barbara Ettinger, to show at the Festival’s main screening venue at the AT&T Center Theater at 7:30 p.m. A late night party after the screening will take place at the Blue Velvet Restaurant|Lounge – www.bluevelvetrestaurant.com from 10pm - 2am.

Downtown Film Festival–L.A. is scheduled for August 12-22 at venues throughout downtown L.A. More information: www.dffla.com
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About Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles
Downtown Film Festival-Los Angeles is a nonprofit arts organization established to celebrate the current renaissance of downtown Los Angeles through the medium of motion pictures. The festival is dedicated to showcasing the diversity of the downtown L.A. communities by the presentation of independent films and related arts activities. The festival also pays home to the unique role that downtown L.A. played in the development of American cinema, as evidenced today by the early 20th century movie palaces that continue to grace its avenues and streets.

About arts>Brookfield Properties
The 2009 Downtown Film Festival - L.A. is co-presented by arts>Brookfield Properties, which brings life to its public spaces through an internationally acclaimed visual and performing arts program. Local, national and international artists present a wide variety of art forms in new and unusual spaces that provide cultural experiences for tenants and visitors alike.

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