Student Short Environmental Film Festival

THREE SHORTS FOR EARTH FOCUS, LINK TV (Earth Focus, 2014, 5 min.)В Is climate change igniting turmoil around the world? How are the rising costs of climate change and its consequences threatening our national security? How are terrorists and insurgent groups profiting from illegal wildlife poaching in Africa and the illicit trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn?Edited by Jamey Warner.

50 DAYS TO SAVE THE AFRICAN RHINO (USA, 2014, 8 min.) Washington, D.C. PremiereВ Rhino poaching is not a local problem anymore; it is a global issue. Five young people from around the world come to South Africa to work together and make a difference. They have 50 days to raise awareness and funds to help save the African rhino from extinction. Produced and directed by Vanina Harel.

DUDE, WHERE’S MY CARBON? (American University, 2014, Work-In-Progress, 4 min.)В Washington, D.C. PremiereВ American University’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2020 is an ambitious one. Is it possible to achieve? Part of AU’s commitment to carbon neutrality involves their participation in a carbon offsetting project in Costa Rica in order to mitigate emissions due to study abroad travel and commuting to campus. A group of graduate studentsВ traveledВ to Costa Rica in order to assess and recommend to AU whether or not to continue participating in the project.В Produced by Nick Zachar and Jazmin Garcia.

Greenpeace Postcards From Climate Change: Student Film Contest

WINNER: THE BALLAD OF HOLLAND ISLAND HOUSE (USA, 2015, 4 min.)В World PremiereВ The true story of the last house on a ChesapeakeВ Bay island slowly sinking into the rising seas comes toВ life through fluidly transforming animated clay-on-glassВ paintings. The house sings of its life and the creatures itВ has sheltered, and contemplates time and environmentalВ change.В Directed by Lynn Tomlinson.

FINALIST:В THE 73 MILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY (USA, 2015, 5 min.) World PremiereВ Pollution from fossil fuel emissions may beВ killing a $73 million dollar industry. The West coastВ oyster industry provides more than 3,000 jobs and has aВ total annual economic impact of over $207 million, butВ because of ocean acidification it almost ended. Now withВ expensive equipment to monitor sea water pH the oysterВ industry is back on its feet, but it is a temporary solutionВ and an indication of a larger issue about the health of ourВ oceans. Directed by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.

FINALIST: PROVO HAZEВ (USA, 2015, 5 min.)В World PremiereВ Jesse and his brother James set out on a series of hikesВ into the Provo mountains to document the haze thatВ plagues their town every winter. Through an elevatedВ vantage point and time-lapse photography, they captureВ new and shocking images that help shed light on theВ status of the air we breathe. Directed by Jesse Myrick.

Discussion follows screenings with student filmmakers, hosted by Chris Palmer, Director, and Sandy Cannon-Brown, Associate Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, School of Communication, American University.

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.

FREE. No reservations required.

American University, School of Communication, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, Doyle/Forman Theater, 201 McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW (Metro: Tenleytown-AU, Shuttle bus service to AU)

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Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital