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Fairfield Earth Day Committee Announces Winning Artists, Film Fest

Diego Alarcon receives a certificate for his Earth Day artwork from First Selectman Michael Tetreau.
Diego Alarcon receives a certificate for his Earth Day artwork from First Selectman Michael Tetreau. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Fairfield congratulated the winners on Monday of the third annual Earth Day Art Contest and announced an upcoming Environmental Film Festival at a Independence Hall celebration .

The theme of this year’s competition was “What if…” and the art contest committee, led by high school senior Emma Gleysteen, had many entries from which to choose. Children and teens across town send in both 2-D artwork and videos and photography, said Earth Day Committee Chair Mary Hogue.

‘We had an amazing array of entries,” she said.

The winning creations will be on display at Fairfield Warde High School LMC Lecture Room during the town’s Earth Day celebration, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 30, at the high school, 755 Melville Ave.

The Fairfield winners are Annika Vuppala, Anna Paulmann & Laura Herron, Rachel Grella, Emilia Kozeracki, Gwendolyn Kardos, Emilia Kozeracki & Grace Giandurco, Catalina O’Connor, Eloise Essig, Charlotte Barrato, Ginia Kohler, Melissa DiCostanzo, Sophie Lipset, Diego Alarcon and Greyson Moore.

In addition to the art show, the free Earth Day celebration will include live music, food trucks, arts & crafts, games, a “trashy” fashion show, more than 100 exhibitors and more.

Hogue took the opportunity to announce a new film festival related to the Earth Day committee. The Fairfield Environmental Film Festival will be held from May 5 though May 7 at the Martire Business & Communication Center at Sacred Heart University.

The film festival will open with a 6 p.m. reception on May 5. The first film, “The Wisdom to Survive” by Ann Maksoud and John Ankele, will be screened at 7 p.m. with an 8 p.m. panel discussion to follow.

On May 6, Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis’ “This Changes Everything” will be screened at 7 p.m., with an 8:30 p.m. panel discussion.

“Trashed” by Candida Brady will be screened at 3 p.m. on May 7, followed by a 4:30 p.m. panel discussion.

The final film is “A Fierce Green Fire” by Mark Kitchell, which will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on May 7, followed by an 8:30 p.m. panel discussion.

The festival is sponsored by Bigelow Tea, Fairfield Earth Day and Sacred Heart University’s Film and Television master’s program.

For more information on the films and the festival, click here.

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