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The 13th Annual Spring 2018 Film Series
An SOC Signature Series
Created and Hosted by Chris Palmer - AUCEF
12 January 2018


Free and Open to the Public
No Reservations Required
First Come, First Seated!

  • Tuesday, February 13 at 7 pm
    Reception at 6:30 pm with refreshments
    An Inconvenient Truth: The Sequel (104 min, 2016) followed by discussion and Q&A

    AUCEF 13th Spring Series 2018

    Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and influence climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – on moments both private and public, funny and poignant – as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. Co-sponsors: Center for Environmental Filmmaking, Department of Health Studies, Department of Environmental Science, ECOllaborative, SOC, and CAS.

  • Tuesday, February 27 at 7 pm—Part of SOC Week
    Reception at 6:30 pm with refreshments
    Sneak Peek at the 2018 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, March 15-25

    AUCEF 13th Spring Series 2018

    The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (EFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. In partnership with leading museums, embassies, universities, and theaters, the 26th Annual Festival, March 15-25, 2018, will present more than 100 films -- documentaries, narratives, and animations, as well as shorts and experimental works -- selected to advance public understanding and stewardship of the planet.

    This year's theme, From the Frontlines, will feature films and speakers that reflect the actions and the passions of those working on the ground. Whether it is wildlife conservation, habitat protection, clean drinking, water or clean air, these heroes are striving to protect and preserve the environment for us and for future generations.

    Join Festival Executive Director Maryanne Culpepper for a sneak peek at some of the most exciting new films to be shown during the 2018 Festival.

Note: The March 20-23 events below are all part of Washington D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival: dceff.org

  • Tuesday, March 20 at 7 pm
    Reception at 6:30 pm with refreshments
    An Evening with Chris Palmer - The Best Environmental Feature Films from Hollywood
    Founder and Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, School of Communication, American University.

    AUCEF 13th Spring Series 2018

    Film producer Chris Palmer describes, with lots of clips, the best environmental feature films of all time from Hollywood, illustrating his remarks with compelling footage.

    He will also screen the winners of this year’s Eco-Comedy Video Competition, co-sponsored by AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and The Nature Conservancy. Chris Palmer and Severn Smith, a top executive at TNC, will celebrate the winners.

  • Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm
    Student Short Environmental Film Festival

    AUCEF 13th Spring Series 2018

    Come and watch some fascinating and entertaining films made by top film students. Professor Chris Palmer and EFF’s Samantha Plakun will lead an entertaining and interactive session with the audience and the filmmakers on why and how these films are made.

    Followed by a discussion with the student filmmakers.

  • Thursday, March 22 at 7pm
    Ok, I’ve Watched the Film, Now What?
    An Impact Filmmaking Panel with Experts in the Field. Film clips and panel discussion, hosted and moderated by Chris Palmer.

    AUCEF 13th Spring Series 2018

    How do we produce films that make a difference? This session, illustrated with clips of inspiring films, explores the ways we can turn films into action, at both the policy and personal levels. Our top panelists will address the challenges of producing films that have a tangible and measurable impact on their audiences and society.

    Panelists: Award-winning filmmakers Tessa Moran and Ben Crosbie (directors of The Guardians)and Keeley Kernan (director of In the Hills and Hollows).

  • Friday, March 23 at 7 pm
    Evolution of Organic (Dir. Mark Kitchell, US, 2017, 86min.) followed by a discussion

    AUCEF 13th Spring Series 2018

    From filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the SixtiesA Fierce Green Fire) comes a new film: Evolution of Organic. It’s the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives.

    It’s a heartfelt journey of change, from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food. By now organic has gone mainstream, split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. It’s the most popular and successful outgrowth of the environmental impulse of the last fifty years.

    Discussion, moderated by Chris Palmer, with a panel of local organic farmers and organic food distributors, follows screening.

  • Tuesday, March 27 at 7pm
    Healing Baltimore’s Harbor: A Pipe Dream?

    AUCEF 13th Spring Series 2018

    This documentary—conceived, written, produced, shot, directed, and edited by students in Environmental & Wildlife Production (COMM 568)—will air during Maryland Public Television’s Chesapeake Bay Week in April. Healing Baltimore’s Harbor examines Baltimore’s aged and crumbling sewage and storm water infrastructure that continues to pollute the city’s harbor.

    The filmmakers were Crystal Berg, Rebecca Castaneda, Danielle Criss, Sirjaut Kaur Dhariwal, Keeli Howard, Mike Kuba, Madison Long, Carlos Macher, Charles Mullen, Nawfel Raghay, Alec Smyth, Dee Starnes, and Jean Vozella. Crystal and Sirjaut were the producers and took lead roles.

    Created by American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking, in association with Maryland Public Television.

    Panel discussion, hosted by Professor Chris Palmer, follows screenings. Panelists include student filmmakers andProfessor Mike English, who taught the Center for Environmental Filmmaking class where Healing Baltimore Harbor was produced for Maryland Public Television.

  • Tuesday, April 3 at 7pm
    Filmmaking for Decision-Makers: A case-study of American Resilience Project’s Tidewater, & The Burden

    AUCEF 13th Spring Series 2018

    Join award-winning Director and Founder of American Resilience ProjectRoger Sorkin for an evening of film and discussion about the importance of crafting stories that speak clearly to citizens as well as decision-makers and politicians.

    Since 2015, American Resilience Project, an innovative hybrid between a nonprofit organization and film production company, has produced films that cut through the partisan divide as vital tools for achieving consensus around considering environmental challenges as ones of national security and economic opportunity.

    The Burden (2015) and Tidewater (2017) have been shown at NATO Headquarters, in the White House, on Capitol Hill, at State Houses across the country, and at the NASDAQ Stock Market —in addition to the traditional film festival circuit and public broadcasting. Hear from the Director of both films about how and why his films are made to speak to those in power.

Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017
Directions: www.american.edu/aumaps
Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU

For more information, please contact:
Chris Palmer (202) 885-3408 or palmer@american.edu - ChrisPalmerOnline.com
Author of Raise Your Kids to Succeed: What Every Parent Should Know (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)
Now What, Grad? Your Path to Success After College (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)
Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker (Bluefield Publishing, 2015)
and Shooting in the Wild (Sierra Club Books, 2010)

Or visit www.environmentalfilm.org

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Also see: www.american.edu/soc/cef/upcoming-events.cfm

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