Discovery Green and Chipotle Mexican Grill Feature Environmental Films

September 24, 2012
by Kim Tarleton

This Fall, Discovery Green and Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) have teamed up to bring a new kind of film to the downtown park. The Green Film Series presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill will kick-off Sept. 28 and will present films to educate and challenge us all to care for the earth. The series encourages viewers to look at their habits and reflect on how their daily decisions affect the world around them.

“This new series is a great way for park goers to gain insight into how all of our actions impact the environment,” said Programming Director for Discovery Green, Susanne Theis. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Chipotle, whose strong commitment to sustainability and like-minded missions are working to cultivate a better world.”

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s support of the Discovery Green Film Series mirrors the company’s ongoing effort to help educate Americans about the positive benefits of eating well and supporting sustainable farming practices. As the presenting sponsor, Chipotle will provide a free burrito card to each attendee and will serve up its famous tacos for the first event on the 28.

Park goers can also enjoy great music from an array of local artists before each of the films. Activities will begin at 7 p.m. and movies will start just as the sun goes down. Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Barefoot Wine and Bubbly will provide free samples. Other event sponsors include New Living and Revival Market. Media partners include: KPRC, Houston Chronicle, Comcast, Univision 45 and News 92 FM.

All film screenings are free and open to the public. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome, but glass containers and outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Fresh (Unrated) 2009, 72 min.
Friday, September 28
This film celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Take action for Hunger Awareness Month: bring a nonperishable food donation for the Houston Food Bank and receive a free beverage ticket. Music by DJ Sun.

American Meat (Unrated) 2010, 85 min.
Saturday, October 20 
Explore the efforts to transform the American meat industry.  This film project explores the American meat industry through the eyes of one of its chief antagonists, Joel Salatin, a leader of a growing community of chefs, farmers and consumers who are opting for animals raised outside without the use of antibiotics. Houston’s own Revival Market co-owner Morgan Weber will discuss their passion for pristine meat and deep commitment to locally sourced products from family farms. Music by Grievous Angels.

Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (Unrated) 2010, 83 min
Friday, November 9
Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world. Houston Beekeepers will be on hand with an Observation hive, harvesting honey, a honey tasting and other fun activities. Live music to be announced.

For more information about the Green Film Series presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, visit discoverygreen.com.

For more information:
Discovery Green
1500 McKinney 
Open every day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
www.discoverygreen.com 
713-400-7336

About Chipotle
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that―where possible―are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. A similarly focused people culture, with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top performing employees, enables us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,300 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.