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AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking
And the School of Communication

The 9th Annual Spring 2014 Film Series
Hosted by Chris Palmer

By Chris Palmer - AUCEF
3 March 2014


Free and Open to the Public
No Reservations Required

The lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea, are the setting for this adventure, narrated by award-winning actress Cate Blanchett. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes us on a journey of discovery to this magical place where we encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.

Chris Palmer

Introduced by co-executive producer Chris Palmer, who will also moderate a discussion after the screening with Helen Fox, Director, Marine Science, World Wildlife Fund and Mike Henley, Animal Keeper and Dive Officer, National Zoological Park. Note: this event is not at AU’s Forman Theater and is not free. Tickets: Associates Members, $10; Senior Associates Members, $9; Nonmembers, $13; Children under 10, $7. For tickets and more information, please visit smithsonianassociates.org or call 202-633-3030. National Museum of Natural History, Johnson IMAX Theatre, 10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW (Metro: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle)

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 at 7 PM Reception at 6:30pm
In this entertaining presentation, illustrated with a wide selection of amusing clips, Professor Chris Palmer makes the case that not only can comedy be an effective way to get viewers’ attention, but, paradoxically, laughter can also inspire people to take conservation and environmental issues more seriously. Chris will also screen the winners of this year’s Eco-Comedy Video Competition sponsored by the AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Sierra Club.

A number of short student films will be shown followed by a discussion with the filmmakers on the opportunities and challenges in environmental filmmaking. The panel will be moderated by Sandy Cannon-Brown, and include student filmmakers Chuyin Tian, Jazmin Garcia, Ross Godwin, Gillian Ray, and Jake Cirksena.

Film clips and panel discussion hosted and moderated by Chris Palmer, featuring Kathryn Pasternak, filmmaker, formerly with National Geographic Television; Peter Stonier, Senior Director of Visual Storytelling, Conservation International; and Melissa Thompson, Senior Video Producer, Greenpeace USA. How do we produce films that make a difference? By showing clips from inspiring films, this panel explores ways we can turn films into action at both the policy and personal levels. Our panelists consider the challenges of producing films that have a tangible and measurable impact on their audiences and society.

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 at 6:45pm Reception at 6:00pm
Presented with the Embassy of Spain
STOP! RODANDO EL CAMBIO (Spain, 2014, 70 min.)
U.S. Premiere A road trip takes us along the Spanish countryside, and into Portugal and France, making stops along the way to meet individuals and collectives that have chosen to live a simpler life. Today, limited natural resources in conjunction with unsustainable economic growth are straining the land’s productivity. Hear from experts who discuss the need for an alternative way of living that will benefit everyone in society. Introduced by Guillermo Corral, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Spain.

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 at 8pm
ROAMING WILD (USA, 2014, 65 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere This modern-day Western tells the story of an invisible battle being waged across the American West over natural resources, water and even freedom. Wild horses find themselves at the epicenter of an age-defining controversy in which the demands of modern development collide with the needs of the wild. Marlow Dahl runs a family cattle ranch in rural Nevada and grazes his cows on public lands. Jill Starr started Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue to save wild horses from going to slaughter. Dan Elkins turns to technology to invent new solutions for managing wild horse populations. The public lands they call home are lands of limited resources and increasing demands and competition for those resources. Will family ranching in the West still be viable in the future so Marlow’s children can inherit that way of life? Directed by Sylvia Johnson. Produced by Sylvia Johnson and Angelica Das. Discussion with filmmakers Sylvia Johnson and Angelica Das follows screening.

SHOOTING IN THE WILD (USA, 2013, 27 min.)
Nature films have become hugely popular, with viewers flocking to see jaw-dropping footage from the wild. But this success has a dark side, as veteran wildlife film producer Chris Palmer reveals in his authoritative and engrossing book on the wildlife film business, “Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom,” on which this film is based. Hosted by National Geographic emerging explorer and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau, the film takes a behind-the-scenes look into the world of natural history filmmaking, showing the reality behind the lens. It’s a revealing glimpse into industry secrets and the trend toward sensationalism, extreme risk-taking and even animal abuse, all in the pursuit of the perfect shot. Shooting in the Wild is produced by American University School of Communication, and made possible by generous grants from the Park Foundation, the Shared Earth Foundation, and the Norcross Foundation. The film aired on public television stations nationwide, and was directed and produced by Ed Beimfohr, and produced and edited by Frank Fitzmaurice. Introduction and post-screening discussion with filmmaker and author Chris Palmer.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 at 7 Reception at 5:00pm
This session will illustrate how farmers are expanding their farming traditions and practices to meet the demand for sustainable, locally grown food while ensuring that farming remains a profitable career. Panel discussion follows screening of five short films, including Farming for the Future by filmmaker Aditi Desai. Host and moderator: Chris Palmer, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University. Panelists: Aditi Desai, Director, Farming for the Future; Bill Howard, Executive Director, The Downstream Project; Chris Miller, President, Piedmont Environmental Council; Kristin Pauly, Managing Director, Prince Charitable Trusts; and Michael Peterson, Founder, Heritage Hollow Farms.

Note: The March 20-29 events below are all part of Washington D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

NEW VENUE: Forman Theater, 201 McKinley Building, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017
Directions: www.american.edu/maps
Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU

For more information, please contact:
Chris Palmer (202) 885-3408 or palmer@american.edu
Or visit www.environmentalfilm.org

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

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