Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Environmental Film Festival

From March 15th through the 25th the Environmental Film Festival will be showing 50 environmentally themed movies in the District.
With 115 films from 27 countries, the 2007 Festival has 50 Washington, United States and World film premieres and screenings at 46 venues. Included are two important films-in-progress: director George Butler’s arresting account of the search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and a compelling portrait of Dr. E.O.Wilson, distinguished scientist, professor, Pulitzer Prize winning author and environmental activist. Nearly 100 filmmakers and special guests, including genome pioneer Dr. Craig Venter, photographer Sally Mann and animator Bill Plympton will discuss their work with audiences. The Festival will also screen Al Gore’s incomparable documentary about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, directed by Davis Guggenheim.

When the Festival started, there were no web sites, no email, no DVDs and no high definition. However, then as now, we hold the firm conviction that film can magically transmit the endless fascination and critical importance of our environment.

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