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STUDENT SHORT ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL - Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
American University
Washington, DC
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STUDENT SHORT ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL - Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
7:00 p.m.


Come and watch some fascinating and entertaining films made by top film students. Professor Chris Palmer will lead an entertaining and interactive session with the audience and the filmmakers on why and how these films are made. This event builds on EFFs latest initiative, led by Arjumand Hamid, Director of Educational Outreach, to become an educational resource for students of all backgrounds and ages.

Harbinger - Clip
by Sam Sheline

Harbinger is a film about amphibian extinctions in Panama. It features Edgardo Griffith and Heidi Ross, the husband and wife team who saved hundreds of individual frogs from the forests around El Valle, Panama, during the worst of the devastating chytrid fungus outbreak. It also features the National Golden Frog Day celebration in August, 2015 in El Valle, Panama.


All About Birds
by Ashley Holmes

"All About Birds" takes a look at the different ways one can express passion in a subject (in this case, birds!). Whether it be volunteering as part of a conservation effort or drawing them to help others gain a better understanding of their anatomy.


Saba: The Unspoiled Queen - Clip
by Nick Zachar

Saba: The Unspoiled Queen is a short documentary showcasing an island nation that should be looked upon by the rest of the world as a model of conservation excellence. The passion that the islands residents have for their natural treasures and the lengths they go to protect the resources that support their livelihood is inspiring. Come along as we meet a few Sabans who will show us the incredible beauty that the island has to offer both above and below the waves.

by Crystal Solberg

Beekeeper is a short, character-based documentary focusing on social and citizen scientist Doug Shontz and his passion for communities of all sizes. After the decimation of the honey bee population by disease and the changing climate, Shontz felt the need to do something to help. Through visuals of the hive and anecdotal recounting, the bees are revealed to have just as much character as their human counterparts.

Vey nou Lagon - Clip
by Vanina Harel

Synopsis: When a Mauritian fisherman discovers that his livelihood is in jeopardy because of his own actions, he decides to lead a movement to protect the lagoons.

Meet George
by Ashley Holmes

"Meet George" is a short PSA about the consequences of throwing organic waste out the car window and the effect it can have on birds of prey.

Power in Numbers
by Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath

"Power in Numbers" shows how a network of homeowners in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia educate and empower themselves by building a community to equip their homes with alternative, solar energy panels.

Safeguarding Boulders Birds of Prey
by Megan King

For 31 years, more than 100 dedicated volunteers have helped the City of Boulder, Colorado monitor bird of prey nests found on city open space. Their careful monitoring of raptor nests has helped the city to safeguard habitats where bald eagles, golden eagles and peregrine falcons have raised hundreds of fledglings over the last three decades. Delyn Drake, a second-year raptor monitor, monitors peregrine falcons. Through participating in this program, she has gained a better understanding and appreciation for the seasonal raptor closures enacted to protect nesting habitat for local birds of prey.  


Mist and Mystery: Borneo's Vanishing Forests - Clips
by Kent Wagner

For thousands of years the Dayak tribes of Borneo have depended upon the rainforests which surround them. Today deforestation, largely due to industrial palm oil cultivation, is erasing those ancient forests. As the forests disappear the Dayak people are vanishing with them. One band of Dayak is refusing to go quietly.

Classroom in the Wild: Chesapeake Bay - Clip
by Raffia Paul

Every year, the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University hosts the Classroom in the Wild: Chesapeake Bay over spring break. This week-long program allows students to get outside, film animals, and learn the skills necessary to edit their content into a story. In March 2016, graduate student Raffi Paul attended the class and created a trailer for future attendants to learn more about the annual program. Centered around the courses former professor, Jamey Warner, and using footage of animals and students filming them alike, Raffi hopes the trailer will attract more American University students to the field of environmental filmmaking.  

When Mickey Came to Town - Clip
by Sam Sheline

Twenty-two years ago, Disney thought they could impose an unwanted American History theme park on the people of central Virginia. They thought people wanted white-washed history with rollercoasters and battle reenactments. They thought people wouldnt mind their plans for a massive development of apartments, hotels, and golf courses. They thought people wouldnt notice the projects impacts on traffic, sprawl, and the environment. They thought wrong.

Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water

Made during the fall 2016 semester by the students of COMM 568 Environmental Filmmaking for Public Television taught by Professor Mike English.

More than six million people live in the Potomac watershed.  Whether they know it or not, some of the very infrastructure that supports their modern lifestyles is poisoning the Potomac River. This film follows three River Keepers as they patrol the Potomac and do what they must to protect it.

Discussion with the student filmmakers. Hosted and moderated by Chris Palmer, Founder and Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking (CEF), American University.

FREE. Reservations required.
Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater  2nd Floor, McKinley Building, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017
Directions: www.american.edu/aumaps
Parking: http://www.american.edu/admissions/parking.cfm
Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU


American University (View)
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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