Cinema Verde is an international environmental film and arts festival now in its ninth year - we work to broaden the reach of sustainability education and to help make the world a place where we want to live


  • Our films tell powerful, enlightening, and inspiring stories about people working to make a better world.
  • From A to Z, the films illustrate our interdependence with animals, climate, chemicals, economics, energy, food, happiness, nature, resources, waste, and water -- and zero in on solutions.
  • Our logo, the passion flower, represents our desire to inspire a passion in everyone for clean air, pure water, untainted food, and the beauty of the earth, because that  is what sustains us and makes life worth living.    >>>>>   Flower Power to the People!   <<<<<<

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Cinema Verde’s mission is to provide environmental education to the public through film, arts, workshops, events, tours and any other forum or media; to increase public awareness of environmental practices that enhance public health and improve quality of life in urban, suburban and rural settings. We bring community organizations, businesses and citizens together to help forge sustainable solutions for our future.



Trish Riley, Director

Trish is founding director of Cinema Verde, an environmental film and arts festival held in Gainesville, Florida, since 2010. She has been dedicated to helping the world understand environmental issues and sustainable solutions since childhood, when she had the good fortune to grow up playing in the forest, then watching it torn down to make way for houses and pavement.

Trish is a national award-winning investigative and environmental journalist and author, with work published in major newspapers and national and international magazines. Her books include The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Greening Your Business (with Heather Gadonniex, Penguin 2009); The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living (2007); Palm Beach, Miami, and The Florida Keys: A Great Destination (Norton 2009); and The Explorer’s Guide to South Florida (with Sandra Friend, Norton 2009).

She is a past board member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

She is the founder of, a website designed to promote green jobs, resources, and businesses; and, an eco-starter kit. She also founded Green Drinks Gainesville, a local chapter of an international networking group open to anyone interested in sustainability issues. More than 1200 area residents have attended Green Drinks meetings.

Trish speaks to audiences around the country about environmental issues and environmental journalism. Before her 20-year career as a journalist, she worked developing and directing non-profit social service programs serving low-income children and home-bound elderly.

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Alycin Hayes - Artistic Consultant

Alycin Hayes is a published author, singer, songwriter, director, actress, percussionist and poet. She has performed in United States, Canada, Iceland,France,Thailand and Malaysia. Alycin has directed professional theatre in both Canada and United States. She was the first Associate Producer of Live Oak Theatre in Austin, Texas. She studied Drama at the University of Texas and also has a degree in Zoo Animal Technology. Her animal behavior research has been published internationally. Her latest book Milo and the Mustang is a children’s book inspired by the connection developmentally challenged children have with wild Mustang horses. Alycin is the Creative Director for Echo Hill Productions which produces books, film, theatre arts, music and fun workshops inspired by nature. This is her second year to be involved with Cinema Verde International Film & Arts Festival. 

 Gabriel Tyner on the set of "Door to Purgatory." -photo by Lino Bellini

Gabriel Tyner on the set of "Door to Purgatory." -photo by Lino Bellini

Gabriel Tyner, Marketing Consultant

Gabriel is a fifth generation Floridian, and has been a journalist since 2007, when he worked at WCJB TV20, in Gainesville, Florida. Social Media Marketing and Storytelling are his strengths. No stranger to film festivals, Gabriel has been working with several since 2011, including The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and The Miami International Film Festival



Cinema Verde is assisted by our brilliant team of business, journalism, marketing, graphic design, web development, event planning, and advertising students from the University of Florida.


Camila Portillo

Camila first interned with us in 2014, as an advertising intern. She graduated from UF with a degree in Advertising and now works as the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Revlon, a well-known cosmetics company.


Lani Hollander

Lani was one of Cinema Verde’s first interns. As Operations Manager meant she helped hold Cinema Verde together during those early years. “Wearing a lot of hats,” she calls it, whether it was writing newsletter articles, organizing funding, or promoting the festival. Cinema Verde would be where she had her start working in the nonprofit world. She has since moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she began helping at a girl’s shelter and now works as the Associate Director of Philanthropy Connections Foundation (PCF), supporting the poorer communities of Southeast Asia.


David Kofahl

David was an immense help in building Cinema Verde’s first website, while a Political Science major at UF. He currently works in New York as a data journalist and software engineer for Time Magazine.


Matt Gorstein

Matt first interned with Cinema Verde in 2011. While with us, he put to use his UF Economics as a Business intern. “It was a stepping stone for me into environmental science, he said, “the first time I was able to merge my ‘math/numbers’ skills with my passion for the environment.” Matt currently works as a natural resource economist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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