Student Environmental Short Film Festival

Student Environmental Short Film Festival

American University, Center for Environmental Filmmaking & REI

Student Environmental Short Film Festival

Reception hosted by REI

Outstanding student films include a new film from American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking, 2008 winners from National Geographic Channel’s “Preserve Our Planet” College Film and PSA Contest and 2008 winners from the National Council for Science and the Environment Youth Video Contest.

ECOVIEWS: RECLAIMING THE BAY
(28 min.) Sneak Preview This stunning and informative documentary focuses on efforts to save the Chesapeake Bay. The program was conceived, produced, scripted, shot and edited by graduate students enrolled in Environmental and Wildlife Production at American University.  Students from two motion graphics classes created the animated interstitials. The program is scheduled to air on Maryland Public Television in April during Chesapeake Bay Week.

THE EXPERIMENTAL GENERATION
(5 min.) A series of college students reminisce about their first time: how they learnt about ‘it’ (both in school and outside), how families reacted to ‘it’, how and why they do ‘it’, and why ‘it’ is so important. Directed by Alex Jeffries, University of Los Angeles. First Place Winner of National Geographic Channel’s “Preserve Our Planet” College Film and PSA Contest.

STOP! THINK GREEN AND SAVE (5 min.) Witness this stop-motion based creative journey into the everyday life of a college student made entirely from still images. Directed by Tyler Depke, Hope College. Second Place Winner of National Geographic Channel’s “Preserve Our Planet” College Film and PSA Contest.

STUDENTS OF CONSEQUENCE (5 min.) Presents the African Bush-meat Project, where High Tech High students from San Diego, California go to Tanzania and offer their help against illegal commercial Bush-meat trade through DNA Bar-coding. Directed by Megan Morikawa and Zachary Sheffer. Overall Winner, the National Council for Science and the Environment’s video contest, “Voices and Visions from the Next Generation of Conservationists.”



TORTOISE TRACKS – THE MOVIE (5 min.) Follow students from Lancaster High School in California as they seek to raise awareness and youth involvement in the preservation of the California State Reptile: the Desert Tortoise. Filmmakers are Corrine Cowan, Katelyn Louton, Cris Molina, Alex Munney and Eena Singh. Winner for the age group 15-18, the National Council for Science and the Environment’s video contest, “Voices and Visions from the Next Generation of Conservationists.”



OUR WORLD, OUR FATE: A LOOK AT THE IMPORTANCE OF BIODIVERSITY (5 min.) Explores the impact a healthy ecosystem has on our environment through the local example of the Anacostia Watershed. Filmmakers are David Bonanno, Cameron Etienne, Aaron Harrington, Dylan ReBois and Emilie Wolfson of the University of Maryland. Winner for the age group 19-22, the National Council for Science and the Environment’s video contest, “Voices and Visions from the Next Generation of Conservationists.”



Hosted by EFF and American University Professors Chris Palmer and Sandy Cannon-Brown. Panel discussion follows the screenings. Each of the panelists will share how he or she turned a passion for the environment into a filmmaking career. Panelists: Chuck Dunkerly, producer/director, National Park Service; Danny Ledonne, a graduate student at American University and an independent filmmaker and Jennifer Shoemaker, Coordinating Producer, National Geographic’s “Wild Chronicles.”



Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations needed.

American University, Wechsler Theatre, Mary Graydon Center

4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW

(METRO: Tenleytown/AU. Shuttle bus service to AU)

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