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Environmental Film Festival latest news:
The 23rd annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, March 17-29, will present more than 150 films from 31 countries at over 60 venues across the city and will host visiting filmmakers, scientists and policymakers, whose perspectives and expertise will enhance our screenings. The 2015 Festival will explore the pervasive impact of climate change on our planet through a special focus on Climate Connections. This series of films, speakers and events will explore the effects of this challenging global phenomenon on the world’s natural systems and resources.
Luc Jacquet Retrospective - Filmmaker Luc Jacquet presents a retrospective of his films, including the Academy Award-winning March of the Penguins, Once Upon A Forest, The Fox and the Child, and a new work-in-progress, Ice & Sky, about French glaciologist Claude Lorius’ study the effects of climate change on glaciers in the Antarctic.
Screening of Ice & Sky: Friday, March 20 at the Carnegie Institution for Science
Happening (Work-in-Progress) Director James Redford shows and discusses clips from his film that tells positive stories about renewable energy solutions.
Screening: Friday, March 27 at Carnegie Institution for Science
Humpback Whales in IMAX 3D (USA, 2015, 40 min.) An extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray.
An episode from the Showtime TV documentary series on climate change, Years of Living Dangerously, with commentary by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Tom Friedman.
Screening: Friday, March 20 at the Carnegie Institution for Science
A Life: The Story of Lady Bird Johnson (USA, 1992, 57 min.) The lasting legacy of environmental beautification of one of America’s most remarkable First Ladies. Directed by Charles Guggenheim. Discussion with Lady Bird’s granddaughter, Lucinda Robb, and producer Grace Guggenheim.
Screening: Tuesday, March 24 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Dear President Obama: Americans Against Fracking in One Voice (Work-in-Progress) Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster presents a rough cut of his film, a direct appeal to the President to consider that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas is hardly a wise path to energy independence.
Screening: Thursday, March 19 at Carnegie Institution for Science
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (USA, 2014, 90 min.) argues that animal husbandry is the most environmentally destructive industry facing the planet today and offers a global path to sustainability for Earth’s growing population.
Screening: Monday, March 23 at Carnegie Institution for Science
Seeds of Time (USA, 2013, 77 min.) chronicles the race to protect the future of our food supply in an era of climate change by saving the one resource humanity cannot live without: our seeds.
Screening: Saturday, March 28 at National Museum of Natural History
Memories of Origin – Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japan, 2012, 85 min.) follows the internationally famous Japanese photographer for 200 days as he travels around the globe, creating artwork in locations from Australia to New York City.
Screening: Saturday, March 21 at the Phillips Collection
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (Canada, 2014, 75 min.) confronts the shocking fact that nearly 50 percent of our food is thrown out each year in North America – and investigates the causes and consequences for our planet.
Screening: Monday, March 23 at the Embassy of France
Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America (USA, 2014, 60 min.) The biography of a man whose parks, from Central Park to Boston’s “Emerald Necklace” to the U.S. Capitol Grounds, are an essential part of American life. -- PBS Discussion with Director Lawrence Hott.
Screening: Wednesday, March 18 at the U.S. National Arboretum
The Leopard in the Land (USA/Mongolia, 2014, 58 min.) follows artist and Disney designer Joe Rohde’s arduous month-long horseback expedition across Mongolia’s Altai Mountains to support conservation of the elusive and endangered snow leopard.
Screening: Friday, March 27 at American University
Project Wild Thing (UK, 2014, 80 min.) highlights the campaign of concerned parent David Bond to get his children and other families to unplug from their screens and spend more time outdoors interacting with the natural world.
Screening: Saturday, March 21 at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Silent River (USA, 2014, 25 min.), exposing how U.S. companies have used Mexico's Santiago River as their own "waste canal," has been named the winner of the Environmental Film Festival's 2015 Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award. The documentary follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try to save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico. The award, accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize, will be presented to the directors, Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks, at the film's D.C. premiere screening on March 19 at the National Geographic Society during the 2015 Festival.
A visual storyteller who focuses on social and environmental issues, Jason is the founder of SplitFrame Media. He is a National Geographic Explorer who received an Expeditions Council Grant for his coverage of the Elwha River. Steve is an investigative journalist with a focus on cross-border, U.S.-Mexico stories who has written for National Geographic, the ABC News/Univision network, Fusion and New America Media. Both Jason and Steve are at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Jason as a lecturer and Steve with the Investigative Reporting Program.
Established in 2013 by Julia and Richard Moe in memory of their son, Eric, to honor his strong interest in film and commitment to sustainability, the Award recognizes short films for their inventive solutions to balancing the needs of humans and nature.
In addition to the winner, two finalist films will also be shown on March 19:
* Seeding A Dream (USA, 2014, 15 min.) highlights Sheepscot General Store & Uncas Farm, a famously fertile piece of land in Maine that had produced food for centuries-and once boasted its own store. It has been revitalized into a thriving community food hub by two young farmers who continue to face financial challenges. Directed by Bridget Besaw.
* Reaching Blue: Finding Hope Beneath the Surface (Canada, 2014, 22 min.) follows a writer, an oyster farmer and an ocean scientist in the Salish Sea, who find their coastal way of life under threat and evaluate the challenges they face with the help of imagery from deep-sea submarines, advanced ocean research vessels and drone cameras. Directed by Ian Hinkle.
Event: Washington, DC Premiere of The Great Invisible (USA, 2014, 92 min.), Winner, Grand Jury Award for Documentary Feature, SXSW Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a Panel Discussion with Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Margaret Brown; Michael D. Farber, Senior Advisor to the Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior and Claire Douglass, Campaign Director, Climate and Energy, Oceana, moderated by Stephanie Flack, Executive Director of the Environmental Film Festival.
When: Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:30 pm
Where: West End Cinema (2301 M Street, NW)
How: For ticket information click HERE. Seating is limited for this screening. The film will also play through the next week.
Description: On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oilrig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of 126 rig crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away. After burning for two days, the Deepwater Horizon sank, causing the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The spill flowed unabated for almost three months, dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic ocean, shutting down the local fishing industry, polluting the fragile ecosystem, and raising serious questions about the safety of continued deep-water offshore drilling. The filmmaker traveled to small towns and major cities across Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to explore the fallout of the environmental disaster. Years later, the Southern Americans still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide first-hand accounts of their ongoing experience, long after the story has faded from the front page. A Participant Media Production.
Event: Special screening of SlingShot (USA, 2014, 93 min.) followed by panel discussion with director and producer Paul Lazarus; Ben Grumbles, President, US Water Alliance, and Kent Hughes, founding Board Member of FIRST, the robotics STEM education group started 25 years ago by the subject of the film, Dean Kamen.
Who: Brought to you by the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital and presented at the National Museum of Natural History
When: Sunday, November 2, 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW
How: FREE. Please register in advance at go.si.edu/cleanwater
Sneak Peek: http://vimeo.com/51890022
More information: go to www.slingshotdoc.com
Film Description: An indomitable genius with a provocative worldview, inventor Dean Kamen is our era’s Thomas Edison. Best known for the Segway Human Transporter, and for a host of medical devices that improve people’s lives, he is now tackling the planet’s safe water crisis that affects billions. Confronting the reality that half of all human illness comes from water-borne pathogens, Kamen has created the SlingShot, an energy-efficient machine that turns unfit water (seawater, poisoned wells, river sludge) into pure, safe water with no chemicals or filters needed. Offering an inspirational character study of the founder of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization that inspires young people to pursue careers in science and technology, this multi-award-winning documentary also explores the 15-year trajectory of Kamen’s vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond. Recently, Kamen has allied himself with Coca-Cola. Will Kamen’s technological know-how, combined with Coke’s global reach, be a powerful enough force to address this global challenge? Winner, Best of Fest, AFI Docs; Audience Award, Cinequest and EcoFilm Award and Best Director, Boston Film Festival.
Image: Students at the Pakro Methodist School in rural Ghana drink water from a SlingShot machine for the first time. © 2014 Moon Avenue LLC