2013 Films

Washington D.C. Premiere


Courtesy of George Pakenham


Directed by: George Pakenham

Venue: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

IDLE THREAT (USA, 2012, 60 min.) 

Washington, D.C. Premiere In 2006, one man began a quest to make the world a better place for everyone to live and show that if you try hard enough, one person really can make a difference. Self-described vigilante George Pakenham walks the streets of New York to stop what many see as a victimless crime: idling their cars. What they don’t realize is how they are contributing to the oil crisis, asthma, air pollution and global warming by trying to control the climate inside their automobiles. In order to raise awareness, he goes door-to-door, that is car door-to-car door, explaining to unknowing drivers that they are breaking New York City law when they idle for more than three minutes. He wants the dangers that idling produces to be recognized as legitimate, and lobbies for the laws that are already in place to be enforced (–Heather Olin). Directed and produced by George Pakenham. Official Selection, 2012 Woodstock Film Festival. 

Introduced by Jasmine Jones, Special Events Coordinator, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. Discussion with filmmaker George Pakenham follows screening. 

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Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE 

(Metro: Eastern Market)

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