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An Eco-Friendly, Floating Movie Theater?

This past spring, actress Tilda Swinton, who stars in Focus Features’ most recent release, MOONRISE KINGDOM, held a film and art festival in Yao Noi, Thailand, with director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The festival, which was called “Film on the Rocks,” featured Thai and international films, along with art installations and discussions surrounded by nature and foliage that was thousands of years old.

But, for many, the most exciting part of the festival was the floating movie theater in which they held actual film screenings! AND, did we mention that it was made entirely from recycled materials? After the festival, the floating, recycled theater was donated back to the people of Yao Noi, who provided the materials to build it, for their own use.

Film Biz Recycling

In order to go green, several film productions donate leftover props and materials from their sets. A main go-to in NYC is Film Biz Recycling (FBR). They are a, “not-for-profit organization, creating socially responsible and sustainable solutions from media industry waste”.

FBR offers a plethora of services which includes on-set consulting on individual media productions (how to re-purpose materials, etc.) and delivering donations to charities free of charge.

With movies like BEING FLYNN, leftover food was donated from the sets to homeless shelters. In other cases, a pig farm was also sponsored through donating leftover food. Other old items from the set were also donated to Bowery Mission, which was the same shelter seen in the film.
Chris Hadlock, Manager of Physical Production at Focus Features

PGA Green Guide

                                                       

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has created a website called PGA Green which allows you to learn about the many ways you can green a film, TV, or commercial production.

The site features a Green Production Guide which spotlights over 1,500 companies that provide energy-saving materials for various productions. They even have a “Search the Guide” section which allows you to find the appropriate green services for your own production!

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