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2014 Films



EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE

City Silents, Live music by Ray Brubacher accompanies screening

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Bargeman George O'Brien survives a sinking ship only to wash up like a castaway on New York's bustling Lower East Side. There, a Jewish family takes him in and their daughter, Virginia Valli, becomes intrigued by him...

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MARCH
23
3:45 PM
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


Ecopia - Intelligent Building, Sustainable Living

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Films shown include ECOPIA: ECO-CITIES and ECOPIA: THE SKY'S THE LIMIT.

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MARCH
26
6:00 PM
Venue: Goethe-Institut


U.S. Premiere
EDWARD HOPPER AND THE BLANK CANVAS

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

American realist painter Edward Hopper’s influential style has left a lasting impression on modern culture. His scenes of modern American life, most notably Nighthawks, have been recreated in myriad films and TV shows...

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MARCH
29
2:00 PM
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Devilliers
Venue: Phillips Collection, The


Washington D.C. Premiere
EMPTYING THE SKIES

Shown with FIELD REPORT: MIGRATORY BIRD TRAPPING IN SOUTH CHINA

Based on a New Yorker article by best-selling author Jonathan Franzen, the documentary chronicles the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe...

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MARCH
19
7:30 PM
Directed by: Douglas Kass
Venue: E Street Cinema


Washington D.C. Premiere U.S. Premiere
Environmental Challenges in the Dominican Republic
MARCH
28
8:00 PM
Directed by: various
Presented with: Global Foundation for Democracy and Development
Venue: Gala Hispanic Theater


Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award

Screening of Winner and Finalists

Film screened are GOOD HABITS IN 60 SECONDS, FIELD CHRONICLES: CHINGAZA - THE WATER'S JOURNEY, ORDINARY LIFE, THE SILKIES OF MADAGASCAR, HOPE?, and the winner, AMAZING GRACE.

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MARCH
20
7:30 PM
Venue: National Geographic Society


ESCAPING THE FLOOD
What happens if you have been living in a small village for more than 40 years and climate change is now threatening your way of life? Continue Reading
MARCH
25
6:30 PM
Directed by: Frans Bromet
Venue: Royal Netherlands Embassy


EVERYBODY STREET
Everybody Street illuminates the lives and work of New York's iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades... Continue Reading
MARCH
22
1:00 PM
Directed by: Cheryl Dunn
Venue: Avalon Theatre


EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

A three-masted schooner packed with artists, scientists and ambitions worthy of Noah or Columbus, sets off for the end of the world: the rapidly melting massifs of North-East Greenland...

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MARCH
23
4:00 PM
Directed by: Daniel Dencik
Presented with: the Embassy of Denmark
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


World Premiere
EXTINCTION IN PROGRESS
The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is still struggling to get on its feet from the disastrous 2010 earthquake. But the real problem Haiti faces in the near future is the complete degradation of its natural resources... Continue Reading
MARCH
19
7:00 PM
Directed by: Jürgen Hoppe
Venue: Georgetown Day School


World Premiere
EXTREME REALITIES

Living in the Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

Featuring narrator Matt Damon, the 13th episode of “Journey to Planet Earth” investigates one of the most critical issues of our time: the link between severe weather events, global warming, and threats to our national security...

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MARCH
23
6:30 PM
Directed by: Marilyn Weiner and Hal Weiner
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Washington D.C. Premiere
Farming for the Future: Enduring Traditions - Innovative Practices
This session will illustrate how farmers are expanding their farming traditions and practices to meet the demand for sustainable, locally grown food while ensuring that farming remains a profitable career... Continue Reading
MARCH
29
7:00 PM
Directed by: various
Venue: American University


Festival Launch Party
MARCH
13
7:30 PM
Venue: Warner Building Atrium


FIELD REPORT: MIGRATORY BIRD TRAPPING IN SOUTH CHINA

Shown with EMPTYING THE SKIES

Large-scale trapping of migratory birds in southern China has emerged as a major threat to Asia's bird life and to sensitive populations of Pacific migrants...

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MARCH
19
7:30 PM
Venue: E Street Cinema


Washington D.C. Premiere
FIRE AND ICE

Part of the four-episode series, Standing on Sacred Ground, all screening today.

From Ethiopia to Peru, indigenous customs protect biodiversity on sacred lands under pressure from religious conflicts and climate change...

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MARCH
23
3:00 PM
Directed by: Christopher McLeod
Venue: National Museum of the American Indian


Washington D.C. Premiere
FISH-I: AFRICA

Shown as part of the Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community shorts program

In the Western Indian Ocean, a pioneer endeavor is bringing together national enforcement agencies, regional bodies and international experts to strike striking a major blow against large-scale illegal fishing...

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MARCH
30
12 NOON
Directed by: Charlotte Smith
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


FISHING THE ANACOSTIA

Shown with MY BROOKLYN as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Every year, more than 17,000 people eat fish from the polluted Anacostia River in Washington D.C...

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MARCH
21
6:30 PM
Directed by: Colby Waller
Venue: Anacostia Community Museum, The


U.S. Premiere
FOOD SAVERS

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

This follow-up to Valentin Thurn’s documentary, Taste the Waste, spotlights the people and companies throughout Europe who are working to salvage usable food...

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MARCH
26
7:15 PM
Directed by: Valentin Thurn
Venue: Goethe-Institut


Washington D.C. Premiere
FROM THE CLOUD TO THE GROUND

Shown as part of the Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community shorts program

Learn about the unique collaboration between the Jane Goodall Institute, Google Earth Outreach and local villagers in their effort to monitor forests threatened by deforestation and erosion...

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MARCH
30
12 NOON
Directed by: Denise Zmekhol
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


Washington D.C. Premiere
GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN, THE
There’s big trouble in paradise in this true-life story rife with melodrama, exotic lifestyles, sexual intrigue and suspicious deaths... Continue Reading
MARCH
23
5:45 PM
Directed by: Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller
Presented with: the Embassy of Ecuador
Venue: AFI Silver Theatre


GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, THE
The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research... Continue Reading
MARCH
25
7:30 PM
Directed by: Liz Marshall
Venue: Gallaudet University


GINGER NINJAS RIDE MEXICO (LOS GINGER NINJAS RODANDO MEXICO), THE
Go on a musical odyssey--part music tour, part adventure and part ecological mission--as a rock band bikes from northern California to the south of Mexico... Continue Reading
MARCH
30
12:30 PM
Directed by: Sergio Morkin
Presented with: Global Foundation for Democracy and Development
Venue: Gala Hispanic Theater


U.S. Premiere
GIVE THE WORLD A CHANCE

Stories from Mongolia

Journey into the world of Badar Papizan, a traditional musician living in the pristine mountain valleys of Bayan-Olgii province in western Mongolia...

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MARCH
23
6:15 PM
Directed by: Bayar Banzragch
Presented with: the Arts Council of Mongolia
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


GMO OMG

Chipotle Food and Agriculture Film Series

Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet and our freedom of choice? And is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place...

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MARCH
23
3:00 PM
Directed by: Jeremy Seifert
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science


World Premiere
GOOSE WITH THE GOLDEN EGGS: TOURISM ON COSTA RICA'S PACIFIC COAST, THE
How is the ongoing tourism boom in Costa Rica affecting this Central American country’s natural resources? The film examines how tourism and the need for lodging have impacted this nature-lover’s paradise... Continue Reading
MARCH
30
2:30 PM
Directed by: Charlene Music and Peter Jordan
Presented with: Global Foundation for Democracy and Development
Venue: Gala Hispanic Theater


Washington D.C. Premiere
GREAT FLOOD, THE

World Water Day: Oceans and Watersheds

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers, who left plantation life and migrated to Northern cities, adapting to an industrial society with its own set of challenges...

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MARCH
22
12 NOON
Directed by: Bill Morrison
Venue: National Museum of Natural History


Washington D.C. Premiere
GRINGO TRAILS
Are tourists destroying the planet or saving it? How exactly do travelers impact the remote places they visit? This documentary answers urgent questions about one of the most powerful global industries—tourism... Continue Reading
MARCH
19
7:00 PM
Directed by: Pegi Vail
Presented with: National Geographic Traveler
Venue: E Street Cinema


GROUND OPERATIONS: BATTLEFIELDS TO FARMFIELDS
A generation of warriors is coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and faces a daunting transition back to civilian life. They need a new mission... Continue Reading
MARCH
23
12 NOON
Directed by: Dulanie Ellis
Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, The


Washington D.C. Premiere
GROWING CITIES

Chipotle Food and Agriculture Film Series

Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Examining the role of urban farming in America, this documentary considers how much power this burgeoning movement has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat...

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MARCH
26
7:15 PM
Directed by: Dan Susman
Presented with: GWU Office of Sustainability
Venue: George Washington University

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