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Our mission is to provide environmental education to the public through film, arts, workshops, events, tours and any other forum or media. We strive to increase awareness of environmental practices that enhance public health and improve quality of life in urban, suburban and rural settings.

Cinema Verde does not discriminate on any basis and welcomes people of any race, religion or gender to work with us to make the world more sustainable. Our interns and volunteers represent an array of nationalities, which brings a welcome camaraderie and flavor to our work.

Meet Our Team

Trish Riley

Trish Riley

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.
Christine Heinrichs

Christine Heinrichs

Christine Heinrichs writes from her home on California’s Central Coast. She keeps a backyard flock of about a dozen hens. She follows coastal issues, writing a regular column on the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery for the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Her narrative on the Central Coast condor flock will appear in Ten Spurs 2021 edition.

Her book, How to Raise Chickens, was first published in 2007, just as the local food movement was starting to focus attention on the industrial food system. Backyard chickens became the mascot of local food. The third edition of How to Raise Chickens was published in January 2019. The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens was published in 2016. Look for them in Tractor Supply stores and online.

She has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and belongs to several professional journalism and poultry organizations.

Jorge Perez

Jorge Perez

My name is Jorge Perez, and I'm a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Media Production, Management, and Technology at the University of Florida. I am extremely passionate about the environment and caring for our planet, which is why I'm so happy to join the Cinema Verde team! Through my studies and my work at Cinema Verde as an intern, I hope to effectively contribute to an incredible team to make a difference within our community. By using the power of film to educate audiences on our environment, I believe we can work together to make the world a better place!

Thomas Berning

Thomas Berning

Thomas Berning is our Technical Director and Webmaster. When he is not maintaining our film archive and website, he enjoys exploring the mountains near his Denver, Colorado home. His favorite thing about working with Cinema Verde is the passion and dedication of the team behind the scenes. Thomas is also the Head of Audio for Opera Colorado, an abstract video artist, and a connoisseur of Indian food.

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