What's an artivist? An activist artist, of course. At least that's what the folks at the 2010 Artivist Film Festival like to call themselves, and what they're advocating is “awareness for humanity, animals and the environment.” This four-day, feel-good festival, culminating in the 2010 Artivist Awards, showcases consciousness-raising indie films from around the world, including opening night's ReGeneration, on the multifaceted politics of 21st-century youth; Universo Paralelo, on Rio de Janeiro's slums; Play Again, on cyber-geek teens taken on a back-to-nature wilderness adventure; and Massai at Crossroads, on the cognitive dissonance of an African tribe assimilating their traditional culture into our modern-day world of the future. All of which makes that matinee Harry Potter ticket look like quite the extravagance.

Dec. 1-4, 2010

LA Weekly