Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival: Interviews with Sara Rue, Ashley Bell & More!


HNS attended the Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival where we were on the red carpet for documentary Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story. Check out our exclusive interviews with Sara Rue, Ashley Bell, Michael Nouri, Briana Evigan, Patrick Fabian, Brianna Barnes, Kat Kramer, LA City Councilman Paul Koretz and Juan Devis! 


On Fri., April 20 from 6:30-10:30 pm, KCET kicked off the second annual EARTH FOCUS Environmental Film Festival, LA’s only environmental film festival, with an exclusive screening of Abramorama’s Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story at Sony Studios’ classic Kim Novak Theatre followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Actress and environmentalist Maggie Q (Designated Survivor, Divergent, Nikita) hosted the opening night event. Guests on Friday night were welcomed with opening remarks from KCETLink Media Group’s Chief Creative Officer Juan Devis followed by introductions of the documentary from actress / filmmaker Ashley Bell and actress Maggie Q.

The 2018 EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL was in partnership with Sony Pictures Television Networks’ Picture This Festival For The Planet along with sponsors including Thomson Reuters Foundation,, UCLA’s LENS program, the International Documentary Association (IDA) and Motev, an environmentally conscious global executive transportation service.  The EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL also showcased green organizations in Los Angeles that included Heal The Bay, River LA, Sierra Club, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Project Save Our Surf and L.A. Works with tables upstairs in the mezzanine area at the Laemmle’s Monica offering important environmental educational information and volunteer opportunities to attendees. Saturday’s event was attended by over 300 people committed to bringing environmental awareness and dialogue to our community with the hopes of helping save our planet for tomorrow.

HNS Exclusive Interviews: 

Sara Rue: 

Ashley Bell: 

Michael Nouri: 

Briana Evigan: 

Patrick Fabian: 

Brianna Barnes: 

Kat Kramer: 

LA City Councilman Paul Koretz: 

KCET’s Juan Devis: 

The festival was to support the premiere of a new season of Earth Focus, which premieres Wed., April 25 at 8:30 pm on KCET with this new episode. “Earth Focus: Sea Level Rising-Living with Water” explores how Louisiana is learning from Hurricane Katrina. Forecasts are dire for Louisiana to experience the second-highest sea level rise in the world. There is a big movement brewing in New Orleans to build adaptive “resilience zones.” In Southeast Louisiana, the native peoples of the Isle de Jean Charles have become the first U.S. citizens moving within their homeland displaced by climate change. Be sure to check out this incredible show!