Nineteen films set to unspool at fest

The New York City Sierra Club Film & Video Festival will return for its second season April 17-19.

Nineteen films will unspool in the fest, including such environmentally themed classics as Bill Forsythe’s “Local Hero.”

All screenings will take place at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium at 66 W. 12th St. Tickets are $3 for general programs and $5 for opening night, tribute night and closing-night programs.

The centerpiece of the fest will be a tribute to Brazilian environmentalist Chico Mendes. “Rubber Jungle,” Bill Day and Terry Schwartz’ documentary about Mendes, will make its world premiere on April 18 at 7 p.m.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion including Day, author Peter Matthiessen, Rain Forest Foundation Intl. exec director Gerry Burniske, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Nigel Noble and NYU film student Leticia Giffoni.

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