For a Better World!

2013 Films

Washington D.C. Premiere

U.S. Premiere

Family Friendly

For a Better World!

(c) 2012 National Film Board of Canada

4:00 PM

Directed by: Various

Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

4:00 PM

Venue: Riverside Center

1:30 PM

Venue: Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library

1:00 PM

Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

For a Better World!

Shown as part of the Rivers Program

Animated Films For School Age Children, D.C. Public Library Program 

Suggested Ages: 5-8 

Three Washington, D.C. Premieres*

A SEA TURTLE STORY* (Canada, 2012, 10 min.) During the night a sea turtle digs a hole on a tropical beach and lays her eggs in the sand. So begins the treacherous journey that is the life of a sea turtle among predators such as crabs, birds and sharks, depicted in this stop-motion animation. Written and directed by Kathy Schultz. 

HI! I’M A NUTRIA (USA, 2011, 5 min.)  A cheeky little furry rodent called a nutria living in Washington State defends criticism that he is an invasive species and asks, “How long does it take to become a native?” He lists a whole slew of other animals who aren’t native to North America, including, well, humans. This animated short also includes a brief history of the fur trade in America. Written, directed and produced by Drew Christie. 

BUNTY’S TREE* (India, 2011, 5 min.) A strong bond develops between a little boy living in a picturesque valley and a tree that grows in the courtyard of his house. So fond is the lad of the tree that he tenderly carves out his name on it for posterity. When he grows up, he works with a timber merchant. One day something happens that makes him tremble from head to toe: something that happens to his tree, something that changes his life forever! Directed by Jasraj Singh Bhatti. Produced by Mad Arts, Jaspal Bhatti Film School. Winner, Best Animated Short, 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. 

SONG OF THE SPINDLE* (USA, 2011, 5 min.) In this informative conversation between a sperm whale and a man, each tries to convince the other that his brain is bigger. They discover some surprising things they have in common and the whale offers humankind some sage advice. Written and directed by Drew Christie. 

HANGING AROUND (Germany, 2010, 3 min.) United States Premiere A sloth takes a snooze under the watchful eye of a jaguar in a forest under threat in this whimsical animation. Directed by Sébastien Wolf, Hamburg ShortFilm Agency. 

THE WINDMILL FARMER (USA, 2010, 5 min.) A nurturing farmer is in danger of losing his crop of windmills when he struggles against the cyclical forces of nature. Written and directed by Joaquin Baldwin.

A DROP’S LIFE (USA, 2011, 5 min.)  An animated water drop takes us on a journey through the water cycle to demonstrate the environmental benefits of D.C. Water’s proposed new tunneling system, known as the Clean Rivers Project. This project is designed to capture combined sewer overflow and reduce pollution to the District’s waterways. Produced by The Clean Rivers Project. River program

A representative of D.C. Water will conduct a fun learning activity with water following the screenings.  

Ticket/Reservation Info:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

4:00 pm

Introduced by Mary F. Phelan, Children’s Librarian, D.C. Public Library. LaDawne L. White from DC Water will attend to Make Clean Water Dirty: Children will investigate the impact water pollution has on the quality of our waterways. By conducting a brief “bottle” experiment, children will look at how pollutants enter our water supply and affect water quality. Children will mix common objects and liquids into bottles of  clean water to compare the difference between clean and dirty water. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 

Children’s Division – Room 200, 901 G St., NW

(Metro: Gallery Place/ Chinatown, 9th & G Sts. exit or Metro Center, 11th & G Sts. exit.)

FREE. No reservations required.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

4:00 pm

Introduced by Brian D. Rodgers, Community Greening Coordinator, Washington Parks & People. LaDawne L. White from DC Water will attend to Make Clean Water Dirty. 

Riverside Center, Washington Parks & People

5200 Foote St., NE 

(Metro: Minnesota Avenue) 

FREE. No reservations required.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

1:30 pm

Introduced by Brian D. Rodgers, Community Greening Coordinator, Washington Parks & People.

Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library

3660 Alabama Ave., SE

(Metrobus: V5, W4) 

FREE. No reservations required. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

1:00 pm 

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE 

(Metro: Eastern Market)

FREE. No reservations required.

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