Washington D.C. Premiere
Directed by: Various
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science
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River Shorts Program
Shown as part of the Rivers Program
Program introduced by Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration Office, Franklin Environmental Center, Middlebury College.
EEL • WATER • ROCK • MAN (USA, 2010, 6 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Ray Turner, who lives on the Delaware River in western New York, is the last man on the East Coast who still fishes for eels with an ancient stone weir. Narrated by James Prosek. Produced by Orion magazine with Hal Clifford and Jason Houston in collaboration with James Prosek.
THE KING’S RIVER (USA, 2012,14 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Examining both sides of a current dispute that may have a critical, long lasting effect on a local environment, the film centers around the sleepy Jackson River in southwestern Virginia, where a land owner’s rights, and the public’s right to recreational access on the river collide. Directed by Matthew Pickett.
BANGLADESH: LAND OF RIVERS (United Kingdom, 2010, 11 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere The profound impact of climate change on one of the world’s poorest countries, Bangladesh, is illustrated in this film, which documents the effects of increasingly severe climate-related hazards on a people who have one of the smallest carbon footprints on the planet. Interviews with Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, and Tillman Thomas, Prime Minister of Grenada, highlight the connection between environmental and human rights issues. Produced by the Environmental Justice Foundation.
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH US (USA, 2011, 22 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere “Rivers are life” is the theme motivating activists in the global movement to protect rivers from the ravages of big dams. The film explains how climate change will affect rivers and dams, what happens to communities affected by large dams and what can be done to preserve life-giving waterways while meeting needs for energy and water. Interviews with activists from India, Mexico, Kenya, Mozambique, Australia and the United States are featured, along with footage of places at risk and the people working to protect them. Directed by Carla Pataky and Lori Pottinger.
THE WATER TOWER (USA, 2012, 27 min.) In central Kenya, northeast of the Rift Valley, there is a tower. It is a monumental, granite swell with a crumbling pinnacle that stretches 17,058 feet into the sky. Many people throughout this region of East Africa believe their God, Ngai, lives on top. While this second tallest African peak, named Mt. Kenya, may be the home of a God for some, it is also the home for 70 percent of the nation’s water supply, fed by glaciers and annual storms that eddy around this looming, rock island. It is truly Kenya’s Water Tower, and it is changing. Filmmaker Peter McBride, who climbed this mountain 30 years ago, recognized physical changes to the mountain and that the glaciers he crossed as a boy had almost disappeared. Directed, produced and photographed by Pete McBride.
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