Environmental Film Festival Celebrates Earth Day
With Bonus Screening Day on April 17
Celebrate Earth Day with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital on Sunday, April 17 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St., NW. The Festival will offer a free Bonus Screening Day, showing some of the highlights from the 2011 Festival in March. Check the Festival Web site, www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org, or call 202-342-2564 for further information.
- 1:30 p.m. The Economics of Happiness (USA, 2011, 60 min.) Investigating the negative impact of economic globalization, this film reveals a new ecological paradigm â€“ an economics of localization — as communities come together to build on a more human scale. Featuring Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Andrew Simms, Zac Goldsmith and Samdhong Rinpoche). Written and directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick and John Page. Produced by Helena Norberg-Hodge.
- 2:45 p.m. Into the Cold (USA, 2010, 86 min.) Recounting a dramatic expedition to the North Pole that commemorated the centennial of Admiral Peary’s historic reach of the Pole in 1909, the film also documents an environment that is rapidly vanishing due to global warming. This personal and harrowing journey of endurance and commitment tests the soul against the backdrop of the magnificent north. Directed and produced by Sebastian Copeland.
- 4:30 p.m. Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (Canada, 2010, 93 min.) Providing a captivating portrait of the visionary Canadian environmentalist, scientist, writer, communicator and thinker, host for the past 32 years of the Canadian TV program, â€œThe Nature of Things.â€ Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson. Produced by Janice Tufford, Sturla Gunnarsson and Yves J. Ma. Winner of the People’s Choice Documentary Award, 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
- 6:15 p.m. Truck Farm (USA, 2010, 47 min.) Filmmaker Ian Cheney devised a mobile garden he calls a truck farm and, since its initial planting, the movable Brooklyn farm has been very busy. The film uses the story of this mobile farm to expand to a much larger story about urban agriculture, determined young farmers and the challenge of growing food where there is no land available. Written by Ian Cheney and Simon Beins Directed by Ian Cheney.
- 7:15 p.m. Journey of the Universe (USA 2011, 60 min.) Drawing together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology and biodiversity with humanistic insights into the nature of the universe, this film connects such big picture issues as the birth of the cosmos 14 billion years ago to the invisible frontiers of the human genome â€“ as well as to our current impact on earth’s evolutionary dynamics. Written by Brian Thomas Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker. Directed and produced by Patsy Northcutt & David Kennard. Coproduced by Catherine Butler.
FREE. No reservations required. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Saving seats is not allowed.
Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium, 1530 P St., NW
(METRO: Dupont Circle) Metrobuses: S1, S2, S4, S9, G2