Washington D.C. Premiere
Student Short Environmental FIlm Festival
Courtesy of America’s Wilderness
Directed by: Various
Venue: American University, Center for Environmental Filmmaking
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Student Short Environmental Film Festival
Screening EFF-selected student films and films by the 2012/2013 Scholars at the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University, the student shorts program highlights the opportunities and challenges of environmental filmmaking.
COASTGUARDS: A WATERLUST FILM ABOUT SHARKS (University of Miami, 2012, 4 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Humanity’s obsession, fear and fascination with sharks is illustrated in this film, whose title is a metaphor for the role sharks play in maintaining the health and stability of our planet’s oceans. Directed by Austin Gallagher.
ECHOES OF EXXON (Chapman University, 2011, 7 min.) Washington D.C. Premiere Traveling to Alaska during the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill, the filmmaker realizes that the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill continues to impact Alaska residents, wildlife and the environment 21 years afterward. Through interviews and archival footage, she compares the two spills, issues a timely warning and a call to action. Directed by Lauren Lindberg.
GENERATION GREEN (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, 2012, 13 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Follow the journey of Patrick Hearps, a young chemical engineer working at an oil refinery as he becomes increasingly concerned about his company’s contribution to climate change. He is torn between his career and his obligation of environmental stewardship and his personal struggle reflect the dilemma of his generation. Directed and written by Briony Benjamin. Produced by Laura Noonan.
AMERICA’S WILDERNESS (American University, 2012, 5 min.) World Premiere This short is part of the National Park Service series, “America’s Wilderness,” a web-based video series that mixes education, entertainment and new media to engage the public in the topic of designated wilderness. Directed by Sarah Gulick, Sylvia Johnson and Erin Finicane.
MOOCHILA (American University, 2012, 5 min.) A short film about sea turtle conservation in Belize. Directed by Sarah Gulick.
GUARDIAN OF GUANO (American University, 2013, 20 min.) World Premiere Follow Ricardo Moreno, caretaker of the Punta San Juan Reserve in Peru as he strives to protect the marine life there. Farmers depend on guards like Moreno to keep the birds safe, as they use bird guano for farming. Directed by Ana Sotelo.
ALL NATURAL (American University, 2012, 5 min.) Work-in-Progress Follow three filmmakers into the challenging, wild world of sharks, alligators and parrots. Directed by Brian Kelley.
OUR OCEAN COMMONS (American University, 2012, 5 min.) Clips from a multimedia project on the ocean. Directed by Jennifer Stratton.
Discussion with the student filmmakers, hosted by Chris Palmer, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University and moderated by Sandy Cannon-Brown, Associate Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking.
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