Past Event
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Wednesday, September 18
Hot Grease

About the Event

Directed by Jessica Wolfson, Paul C. Lovelace, Sam Wainwright Douglas
Doors open at 6:30pm 
Film starts at 7:00pm
Panel discussion at 8:00pm 
Rice Cinema

The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition and the Houston Green Film Series will host a free event on September 18, 2019, about the biodiesel industry in Houston.

Attendees will first see the short documentary film ​Hot Grease​, which tells the story of how the biodiesel industry is turning an ostensibly worthless raw material (spent kitchen grease) into a renewable energy source capable of fueling cars, buses and fleets of trucks throughout the country.

As described by the ​filmmakers​, “The millions of gallons of cooking oil that our country’s restaurants use to fry up chicken, fries, and donuts used to end up as waste in landfills and pollutants in our waterways. But today, thanks to innovators, entrepreneurs, and politicians, it’s being turned into a functional fuel: biodiesel.” This film dives into the untapped market of biodiesel.

Following the film, panelists will offer thoughts about the themes in the film and answer audience questions. Panelists include Dr. Jody Gibson from Energy Institute High School, Chris Powers, founder of Houston Biodiesel, Michael McClere from Dependable Cooking Oil, Alondra Hernandez with the Corral the Grease program through Houston Public Works and Ted Driscoll with the Cease the Grease campaign through the Galveston Bay Foundation.

The free event will be held Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Rice Media Center on the Rice University campus. Socializing will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the screening will begin at 7 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at approximately 8 p.m. More details can be found at

Free and open to the public. 

Directions to Rice Cinema, Rice Media Center:
Entrance #8 via University Blvd & Stockton Drive
For specific directions from any location Google map ‘Rice Cinema’.
For parking:
Shuttle service:
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Nearest visitor parking lots:
Moody Visitor Lot
West Lot 2
Greenbriar Lot

Directions & Parking

Entrance #8 via University Blvd & Stockton Drive

Nearest visitor parking lots:
Moody Lot (previously known as Hess Lot)


Rice Media Center
Cinema Auditorium, room #100