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2014 Films

Washington D.C. Premiere

Student Short Environmental Film Festival

Laura Honey

7:00 PM
Directed by: various
Venue: American University, School of Communication, Center for Environmental Filmmaking

Student Short Environmental Film Festival

AGAINST THE CURRENT (University of Otago, New Zealand, 2013, 25 min.) A small community struggles to fight the massive expansion –and the impact–of the salmon farming industry in the Marlborough Sounds, one of New Zealand’s unique waterways. Directed and produced by Laura Honey.

INVASIVE (George Washington University, 2013, 9 min.) The Northern Snakehead has invaded the Potomac River, and Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia have very different ways of dealing with this invasive species. Maryland and Washington, D.C. have legalized the commercial sale of Snakehead in order to eradicate the population. while Virginia has not. Directed by Ethan Oser. Produced by Ethan Oser, Gabriel Felder and Paul Blake.

GRANDMA’S WATER SECRETS (American University, 2014, 3 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Learn Grandma’s secrets for conserving water, such as reusing and recycling shower water and making overnight tea. Grandma’s experience shows the tremendous amount of water one individual can potentially conserve every year. Directed by Jialin Wang. Produced by Nick Zachar.

PSAS: WASTE IT HERE. LOSE IT THERE: THE CAMPAIGN TO CUT EXCESS WATER USE (American University, 2013, 2 min.) Washinton, D.C. Premiere Learn which daily habits waste water and the impact these have on the environment and on our wallets, thus empowering us to take positive steps to conserve this precious resource. Directed by Emma Kouguell. Produced by Bradley Evans.

RESTORING OYSTERS, SAVING THE BAY (American University, 2013, 3 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere In the past 400 years, the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay has declined due to overfishing and pollution, leaving the Bay out of balance. From the perspective of 15-year old environmentalist Jamie Attanasio, this short film explores oyster gardening as an accessible, family-friendly program to bring the oyster back to the Chesapeake Bay. Directed, shot and edited by Gillian Ray.

GONE WITH THE LAWN (American University, 2013, 6 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Find out why the traditional American grass-filled lawn might be harmful to our environment, specifically to our waterways. Our host, Nate Raiche, talks to one D.C. homeowner, David Cottingham, who is trying to break out of the norm of socially acceptable lawns. Produced by Jake Cirksena, Shayna Muller, and Nate Raiche.

VIVA LA TORTUGA (Pace University, 2014, 5 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Magdalena Bay is an 870-square-mile haven for whales, dolphins, sea birds and five species of sea turtles along the Pacific coast of Mexico's Baja peninsula. This documentary shows how communities that once depended on sea turtle poaching are working to balance economic growth with environmental protection. Directed and produced by Dr. Maria T. Luskay, Prof. Andrew Revkin, Lou Guarneri, Jordan Anderson, Danielle Bard, Ethan Butler, Samantha Finch, Nicholas Gazhs, Lou Guarneri, Matthew Maiorano, Keith Reynolds, Joseph Robinson, Megan Spaulding, Nadine Weilersbacher, and Adam Yogel.

FORGOTTEN RIVER (American University, 2013, 4 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Masaya Maeda’s hometown in Japan was destroyed by pollution and toxic waste so he decided to make it his life’s work to protect and restore the environment. When he came to Washington, D.C. ten years ago, he found the Anacostia River in terrible shape and immediately joined the fight to restore the river. Directed by Ross Godwin.

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

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations required.

American University
Forman Theater
201 McKinley Building
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
(Metro: Tenleytown-AU. Shuttle bus service to AU)

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