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Please join EFF on Tuesday, September 16 at 12:00 noon for our 13th annual Benefit Luncheon at Restaurant Nora, with remarks by Lester Brown

Date: August 12, 2014

Please join EFF for our 13th annual benefit luncheon at Restaurant Nora, hosted by Nora Pouillon, restaurant founder and EFF Board Member. Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, will speak. Brown has been described by The Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers.” Proceeds from the luncheon will support the 2015 Environmental Film Festival, March 17-29.

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Restaurant Nora, 2132 Florida Avenue, NW

Purchase tickets and RSVP. Seating is limited. 

Restaurant Nora represents the vision of Nora Pouillon, who is a pioneer and champion of organic, environmentally conscious cuisine. Opening its doors in 1979, the restaurant is celebrating 35 years as a leader in showcasing an organic food and sustainable lifestyle philosophy, offering organic, seasonal, local food prepared in a flavorful, balanced, healthy way.  In 1999, Restaurant Nora became the first certified organic restaurant in the country, with at least 95 percent of all ingredients supplied by certified organic farmers, growers and suppliers. 



Lester R. Brown has been described by The Washington Post as "one of the world's most influential thinkers.” He is the founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, a nonprofit environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. that provides a vision and a plan for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. In 1974, he founded the Worldwatch Institute, the first research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental issues. Brown has authored or coauthored over 50 books on global environment and resource issues, most recently his memoir Breaking New Ground: A Personal History. He is the recipient of many prizes and awards, including over twenty honorary degrees. In 2012, he was inducted into the Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto.



On August 27 EFF Presents DC Premiere of ABOVE ALL ELSE with Q&A

Date: August 11, 2014

EFF Presents the DC Premiere of Above All Else

ABOVE ALL ELSE (USA, 2014, 95 min.)

When: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00 pm

E Street Cinema (555 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004) 

Purchase tickets ($10) at:

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker John Fiege, Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., CEO & President of the Hip Hop Caucus, farmer and film subject Julia Trigg Crawford, and Steven Mufson, energy reporter for The Washington Post who has driven the length of the proposed pipeline.
ABOVE ALL ELSE is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of a segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, the film follows David Daniel as he rallies neighbors and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree-top blockade of the controversial pipeline. Risking financial ruin, their personal safety, and the security of their families, these unforgettable people and their stories become an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America. What begins as a stand against corporate bullying becomes a rallying cry for climate protesters nationwide. Official Selection, 2014 SXSW Film Festival.

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"John Fiege's Above All Else chronicles not the aftermath of the petrochemical disaster but one community's attempts to stop the next before it occurs. Benefiting from a sympathetic protagonist surrounded by colorful characters, the film outshines many eco-docs in its often dramatic account of their attempt to halt progress of the controversial Keystone Pipeline. Pending decisions from the Obama administration about that project's fate make the doc especially timely..."

-John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

On August 10 EFF and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Present Stephen Palumbi and Anthony Palumbi: The Extreme Life of the Sea

Date: August 4, 2014

EFF & National Museum of Natural History Co-Present: Stephen Palumbi and Anthony Palumbi: The Extreme Life of the Sea.












Experience The Extreme Life of the Sea through a presentation of short films and discussion with the authors of a new book by the same name, father-son team Stephen Palumbi and Anthony Palumbi, who will sign books after the presentation.

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Join a dive into the absolute limits of the aquatic world with Dr. Stephen Palumbi, one of today's leading marine scientists and winner of the 2011 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Science, and his son Anthony, a novelist and technology writer.  See the fastest, deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures, from marlins that swim and feed at 40 mph to corals that live for over 4,000 years, and learn about these little-known but extraordinary organisms of our seas.

Suggested ages 10 and up.

When: Sunday, August 10, 3-5 p.m.

Where: National Museum of Natural History, Q?rius Theater, Constitution Ave. entrance, ground floor

How: Purchase tickets ($8) at:

Photo: Stephen Palumbi - Courtesy: Blue Frontier Campaign

Call for Short Film Entries - 2015 ERIC MOE SUSTAINABILITY FILM AWARD

Date: July 2, 2014


The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital announces a call for entries for short films exploring sustainability, emphasizing creative approaches to balancing the needs of humans and nature.  The entries will be considered for the second Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award.

The Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award was founded 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 and competition recognizes short films chosen for their inventive approaches to sustainability in all its forms.

The finalists and a single prize winner will be chosen by a jury. The filmmaker of the prize-winning film will receive a cash award of $5,000 and will be invited to present the film during the Festival.   The finalists and prize-winner will be announced on December 1, 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency states that “sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.   Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.”

We welcome submissions of short films 30 minutes or less in any genre that explore the topic of sustainability, and we encourage foreign and student entries.  The winner and selected finalists will be screened as a program on March 19 during the 2015 Environmental Film Festival in conjunction with National Geographic Live, the National Geographic Society program featuring lectures, films and performances at the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium.  

For more information on film submission guidelines, please contact

On June 8 EFF and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Present SHARK GIRL

Date: May 29, 2014

Celebrate World Ocean Day, June 8, with EFF and the National Museum of Natural History at the world premiere of Shark Girl with shark conservationist Madison Stewart.










Join us for a FREE world premiere screening of the exciting Smithsonian Channel documentary Shark Girl (USA, 2014, 46 min.) on June 8 at 4 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium.

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Madison Stewart is an inspiring young woman with a passion to protect the creatures most people fear: sharks. She’s been diving with sharks since the age of 12.  Now 20, Madison has made it her life’s mission to safeguard the creatures and the reefs she loves. Shark Girl dives into Madison’s underwater world, following her journey from Australia to Mexico, Palau and the Bahamas, where Madison’s extraordinary relationship with these endangered wild animals unfolds. Her journey is a powerful wake-up call about the vital role of sharks in the health of our oceans and a moving record of one determined young woman's devotion to protecting the sharks and underwater ecosystem of our world. Directed by Gisela Kaufmann. Produced by Kaufmann Productions in association with Smithsonian Channel.

Suggested ages 12 and up.

Discussion with the film’s subject, “shark girl” Madison Stewart, and director Gisela Kaufmann follows the screening.

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