MELBOURNE REBORN (USA, 2008, 27 min.)

By the mid-1970s, Melbourne was a dying city. People commuted into the city to work during the day, but downtown became a ghost town after 5 p.m. This episode explores how leadership and vision transformed the cityscape. Rob Adams, Melbourne’s director of design and urban environment, gives a guided tour to show how the city first sought livability, then sustainability, and how the two are inextricably intertwined. Season 3, Episode 3. Narrated by Brad Pitt. Directed by Tad Fettig.

Panel discussion moderated by Kevin Finneran, Editor, “Issues in Science and Technology Journal” and Director, Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, a joint unit of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, follows each screening. Participants include Marina S. Moses, Director, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program, National Academy of Sciences.

Shown with NEW ORLEANS – THE WATER LINE (each is an episode of the film series, “E2 Design: The Economics of Sustainable Living”)

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. Photo ID and reservations required. Email or call 202-334-2415. For more information, visit

National Academy of Sciences, 500 Fifth St., NW, Room 100

(Metro: Judiciary Square, F St. exit or Gallery Place/ Chinatown, 7th & F Sts. exit. Yellow, Green or Red lines)

(Metrobuses: D3, D6)

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Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital