Saturday at Noon

ap_fibe_posterToronto is often perceived to be a flat geography, but the truth is that civil engineering has hidden a vast network of river ravines from our sight. Many people are unaware of this bounty of green spaces that add up to 30 times the area of NYC’s Central Park. We hope to change the way people see the nature we’re fortunate to have in our midst. These oases from the swirl of urban life will become even more important to our quality of life as our city continues to grow.

LA River Panel:

Join us after the movie for a panel discussion on how the lessons from Toronto’s Ravines can be applied to the LA River.

Panelists include: Joe Linton, author Down by the Los Angeles River; Jim Kermath LA River tour guide; Amalia Merino, LARiverWorks, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti;

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About the Panelists:

Amalia Merino

Amalia is a Bureau of Engineering Planning Assistant on Mayor Eric Garcetti’s LARiverWorks team. She serves as the City lead for the LA River Cooperation Committee. She is team lead on the arts, public engagement, select planning-related issues and partnerships like Sister River Agreements. Previously she worked at Metro Art in LA Metro’s Countywide Planning and Development Department where she focused on activating Union Station through free cultural events and other systemwide public art projects. A 2013 graduate of UCLA’s MURP program with a Design & Development concentration, her passion is public space activation and cultural planning.  Her professional background includes performing arts sponsorship and development in Miami and advertising in Chicago. She graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA with a BA in Economics.  A fifth generation Angeleno on her mother’s side, Amalia grew up between the U.S. and Latin America and enjoys exploring her Los Angeles roots via transit, bike and on foot.  She will be discussing the LA River after the screening of Accidental Parkland Saturday at 12pm. 

Joe Linton

img_4746Joe Linton is the editor of Streetsblog L.A. He has a long record of urban environmental activism with CicLAvia, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, C.I.C.L.E., Friends of the L.A. River, L.A. Eco-Village and other organizations. He is the author of Down by the Los Angeles River, a guidebook published in 2005.  Joe will be on a panel about the LA River following the screening of Accidental Parkland. 12pm Saturday October 8th.

Jim Kermath

jim-kermathJim Kermath is a credentialed Life & Career Coach and Gallup Strengths Coach with offices in Pasadena and Santa Monica. He brings to his coaching work a varied background, including roles as an executive director, professor, and pastor. In addition, Jim is a certified kayak guide on the LA River. He has introduced numerous people to this unique, indigenous water experience through his work with a tour company and his own private trips. He also offers a workshop on river renewal, entitled “LA River Revitalization—the View from a Kayak.” He is married to the radiant Renee and they make their home in Eagle Rock. Jim will be speaking on the LA River panel discussion following the screening of Accidental Parkland Saturday at 12pm