Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (March 12th- 24th), presents 190 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films selected to provide fresh perspectives on environmental issues facing our planet. The vital role of rivers and watersheds in the global environment is a special theme this year, which features cinematic work from 50 countries and 110 Washington, DC, United States and World premieres. Some 196 filmmakers and special guests will discuss their work at the Festival, in addition to 25 of the 96 women filmmakers.
The Festival is the preeminent showcase for films on environmental subjects in the country. Presented in collaboration with over 100 local, national and global organizations, it is one of the largest collaborative cultural events in the nation’s capital. Films are screened this year at 75 venues throughout the greater Washington area, including museums, embassies, universities, libraries and local theaters.
Some Festival highlights include: The world premiere of Hot Water, exposing the toxic effects of uranium mining in the American West, with former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who is featured in the film, and filmmaker Elizabeth Kucinich, opens the Festival. The film, Harmony, highlighting the efforts of HRH Prince Charles to develop a more sustainable and harmonious relationship with the planet, is the winner of the Festival’s annual Polly Krakora Award for artistry in film. Canadian filmmaker and environmental activist Rob Stewart presents his latest film, Revolution, empowering youth to save the natural world and humanity itself.
The Festival’s focus on rivers encompasses films that explore the ecological importance and threats to the world’s rivers, including the Rhine, the Amazon, the Mekong, the Ganges, the Lena, the Colorado, the Willamette, the Yellowstone and our local D.C. rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia.
Daughters of the Dust, the first film by an African American woman to receive general theatrical release, chronicles an African-American family’s leave-taking as they prepare to move north from their island home in South Carolina in search of a better life.
The zany doc Lunarcy!, a DC premiere, looks at people who are obsessed with the moon. Jessica Woodworth’s narrative film, The Fifth Season, is a haunting poetic meditation on nature in revolt against humans. The Festival’s closing film, The Fruit Hunters, examines another obsession — those who scour the world searching for exotic fruits.
Two 3D films are among 31 films geared to children and families: Meerkats 3D, about tiny mammals that survive in the harsh Kalahari Desert, and, in IMAX, Titans of the Ice Age 3D, transporting viewers to the frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization.
Many of the screenings ARE AT NO COST. For the complete schedule, visit the Festival Web site, www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.