The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital presents two new discoveries, the Washington, D.C. premiere of Living Downstream and a screening of Plastic Bag, in addition to showing four of the most popular films from the 18th annual Festival at a special bonus screening day. Planned in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the films will be shown free of charge on Sunday, April 25 at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St., NW.
12:00 noon NORA! (USA, 2009, 25 min.) The film, Nora! which premiered during the 2009 Festival, kicks off the bonus day at 12:00 noon. The film’s star, Nora Pouillon, will appear in person with the film that tells the story of her Restaurant Nora, the first certified organic restaurant in the country. Director: Joan Murray. 12:45 p.m.
SWEET CRUDE (USA, 2009, 93 min.) Sweet Crude, whose D.C. premiere was during the 2010 Festival, will be shown at 12:45 p.m. The film explores the stark contrast between abject poverty and immense wealth in Nigeria’s Niger River Delta, where billions of dollars of crude oil flows under the feet of a desperate people. Director: Sandy Cioffi. 2:30 p.m.
PLASTIC BAG (USA, 2009, 18 min.) The amusing and insightful film, Plastic Bag, narrated by Werner Herzog, will screen at 2:30 p.m., tracing the epic journey of a plastic bag as it travels to the 500 nautical miles of spinning garbage known as the North Pacific Trash Vortex. Director: Ramin Bahrani. 3:00 p.m.
THE LEGEND OF PALE MALE (USA, 2009, 85 min.) The Legend of Pale Male, about a red-tail hawk that takes up residence on a Fifth Ave. co-op and becomes a heroic symbol of nature in New York City, will be shown at 3:00 p.m. This film, which had its D.C. premiere in the 2010 Festival, was a winner at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Director: Frederic Lilien. 4:45 p.m.
GASLAND (USA, 2010, 99 min.) The 2010 Festival’s opening night film, GasLand, an award-winner from 2010 Sundance Festival, will be shown at 4:45 p.m. This documentary is a personal investigation of the environmental consequences of the current natural gas drilling boom in the United States. Director: Josh Fox. 7:00 p.m.
LIVING DOWNSTREAM (USA, 2010, 85 min.) The D.C. premiere of Living Downstream, an eloquent feature-length documentary examining the connections between cancer and the environment, will close the day at 7:00 p.m. Based on acclaimed book of the same name by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, the film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. The screening will be followed by discussion with Sandra Steingraber and director Chanda Chevannes. Director: Chanda Chevannes.
For complete details on the Festival’s bonus screening day, visit our Web site at www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.