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Environmental Film Festival latest news:

EFF & Oceana Co-Present the Washington, DC Premiere of The Great Invisible on 11/7

Date: November 4, 2014

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

West End Cinema (2301 M Street, NW) 

For ticket information click HERE. Seating is limited for this screening. The film will also play through the next week.
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.  

View the trailer.

EFF Presents Award-Winning Film SlingShot and Panel Discussion on the Global Water Crisis on 11/2

Date: October 17, 2014

Environmental Film Festival Presents Award-Winning Film SlingShot and Panel Discussion on the Global Water Crisis











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

Sneak Peek:

More information: go to

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  

EFF Co-Presents the Premiere of Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink on 10/27

Date: October 16, 2014

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Channel, Environmental Film Festival and Tangled Bank Studios Present Premiere of Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink












World Premiere of Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink (USA, 2014, 60 min.) presented by National Museum of Natural History with the Smithsonian Channel, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, and Tangled Bank Studios, followed by:

Panel discussion moderated by Charles Poe, VP, Production, Smithsonian Channel, with Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, who is featured in the film; the film’s producer Sean B. Carroll, Vice President for Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Executive Producer of Tangled Bank Studios; and paleobiologist Anthony Barnosky, author of Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money and the Future of Life on Earth and Elizabeth Hadly, Environmental Biology Professor, Stanford University, who are both featured in the film
When: Monday, October 27, 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium
How: FREE. Register at

Film Description: It's a mystery on a global scale: five times in Earth’s past, life has been nearly extinguished, the vast majority of plants and animals annihilated in a geologic instant. What triggered these dramatic events? And what might they tell us about the fate of our world? Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink joins scientists around the globe in search of answers to two of the most dramatic extinctions: the “K/T Extinction,” which ended the age of dinosaurs, and “The Permian Extinction,” which wiped out nearly 90 percent of all Earth’s species 252 million years ago. These early mass extinctions could hold clues for what may be happening today – are we on the brink of a sixth?

EFF Announces Four Awards with Prize Money Totaling $27,500

Date: October 8, 2014

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, the nation's oldest and largest environmental film festival, announces four diverse film awards, with prize money totaling $27,500 for films to be screened at the 23rd annual Festival, March 17-29, 2015. 

For film submission information, contact the Festival's Managing Director Chris Head at


 2014 Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy presented by EFF Board Members (l. to r.) Peter O'Brien and Caroline Gabel to DamNation filmmakers Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, and Matt Stoecker - (c) Bruce Guthrie





  • The Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy, established for the 2014 Festival, recognizes a film that advances understanding of the environment and inspires advocacy in response to a compelling environmental challenge. The award, accompanied by a $10,000 cash award, would be "a call to action," promoting environmental solutions at the individual, community, or policy level.  The winning film will be screened at the historic Carnegie Institution for Science on March 29, the closing night of the Festival, followed by a gala reception. The film submission deadline for this award is December 1, 2014.

  • The William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award was established for the 2015 Environmental Film Festival by the Warner and Kaempfer families in honor of the late writer and naturalist William Warner, author of Beautiful Swimmers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning study of the Atlantic blue crab in the Chesapeake Bay. The award, which is accompanied by a $10,000 cash prize, recognizes a film that focuses on an individual or group of people who find happiness and fulfillment in reverence of the natural world. By following their passions, they bring attention to environmental issues and ways of life that are often threatened and inspire a deeper connection with nature. The award will be presented to the winning filmmaker at the screening of the film during the 2015 Festival. The submission deadline for this award is December 1, 2014.  

  •  The Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film, established in 2010 by Joseph Krakora in memory of his wife Polly, recognizes artistry in all aspects of filmmaking. The award, which comes with a cash prize of $2,500, will be presented to the winning filmmaker at the film's screening during the 2015 Festival.  The film submission deadline for this award is December 1, 2014.

  • The Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award was established for the 2014 Festival 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 a short film of 30 min. or less for its creative approach to balancing the needs of humans and nature and its inventive approach to sustainability in all its forms. The award is accompanied by a $5,000 cash award to be presented to the winning filmmaker at the film's screening at National Geographic on March 19 in the 2015 Festival. (The submission deadline for this award, which was previously announced, was September 30, 2014.) 


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.



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