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Saturday, November 15, 2008
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wild and scenic environmental film festival

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Tour Returns to Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The largest environmental film festival in North America is returning to Cleveland. Whether it's a call to action to avert the climate crisis, an inspirational message about citizen participation and forest advocacy that resulted in Ohio's only national forest, a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and its environmental effects, or an eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer-driven culture, the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Tour will expose the public to forward-thinking ideas and global awareness.

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, presented by Patagonia and hosted by the Museum's Nature League and its GreenCityBlueLake Institute, brings together nine award-winning environmental and adventure films in a spirit of inspiration and education. These films help raise awareness of the natural world and motivate viewers to make a difference locally and globally. Event organizers are interested in engaging Northeast Ohio's youth. To this end, high school students are encouraged to attend at a discounted cost of $5.

The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with a reception where guests can enjoy music, food and a $2 beer and wine bar. They can also meet representatives from local environmental groups. The films will be shown in the Museum's Murch Auditorium starting at 7 p.m., with one intermission.

All proceeds from the film festival benefit the Museum. Tickets are $15 per person. Members receive a discounted ticket price of $10. High school students pay a discounted cost of $5. For reservations, call 216-231-1177 or 800-317-9155, ext. 3279 or visit www.cmnh.org.

After the films, David Beach, director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute, will lead a question-and-answer session.

The films are:

Carpa Diem Sergio Cannella Before sleeping, a child in her apartment is lovingly watching a fish in the aquarium. In the meantime, her younger brother is being mindless of the open tap water flowing out of the washbasin ? a waste that could turn into a tragedy. Best Short, Vatavaran Film Festival; Best Spot, Festival International Du Film Sur L_Énergie de Lausanne. (Italy, 2006, 2 minutes) www.sergiocannella.it

Climate: A Crisis Averted Free Range Studios Looks back from the year 2056 and recounts how ordinary citizens in 2006 ? realizing that global warming was a scientific fact and not a climatic theory ? take action to demand clean energy and other planet-friendly options. The piece describes how a movement called RenewUS effected real change with an action plan, a 'call-to-arms' about global warming. (USA, 2 minutes) www.freerangestudios.com

For the Price of a Cup of Coffee Hypatia Porter Follow the life cycle of a paper cup and the environmental repercussions of a society reliant on convenience. Filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area with interviews from local activists and experts. Maybe you'll remember now to bring your own cup to the cafe! Best Documentary Epidemic Student Film Festival; Best Environmental Documentary, Cabbagetown Short Film Festival, Toronto. (USA, 2007, 15 minutes) www.sfenvironment.org

Fridays at the Farm Richard Power Hoffman - Honorable Mention - Wild & Scenic Film Festival Feeling disconnected from their food, a photographer/filmmaker and his family decide to join a community supported organic farm. Moving from passive observer to active participant, the filmmaker photographs the natural processes of food cultivation. Featuring lush time-lapse and macrophotography sequences compiled from nearly 20,000 still images, this personal essay is a meditation on the miracles of life. Best Short, Green Film Festival, Seoul, Korea; Best Documentary, Sapporo Short Film Festival, Japan. (USA, 2006, 19 minutes) www.coyopa.com

A Forest Returns Jean Andrews and Steve Fetsch The success story of Ohio's only national forest as told by Ora E. Anderson. A documentary presenting an inspirational message about citizen participation and forest advocacy during the 1930s Depression era. Film producer Jean Andrews was inspired by Anderson, a storyteller featured in documentary, as she traces the rebirth of a forest in Southeastern Ohio after generations of clear-cutting and farming. Ninety-three year-old Anderson, an Athens-area resident, nature writer and radio commentator, was a journalist living in Southeastern Ohio during the Great Depression. Anderson vividly recalls the environmental and social conditions that led to the establishment of the Wayne National Forest. This video illustrates our evolving relationship with the land through Anderson's movingly personal account, archival photographs, 1930s newspaper reports and "then and now" imagery. (USA, 30 minutes) www.ohiolandscape.org

Gimme Green Isaac Brown, Eric Flagg Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity? A humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop ? the lawn. College Television Award, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Best Documentary Short, Beverly Hills Shorts Festival; Best Documentary Short, Phoenix Film Fest; (USA, 2006, 27 minutes) www.gimmegreen.com

Oil and Water Project Seth Warren - People's Choice Award - Wild & Scenic Film Festival Two kayakers embark on an endless summer-style 35,000 kilometer road trip from Alaska to Argentina in a retro-outfitted Japanese fire truck without a single drop of petroleum. They converted their regular diesel engine to run on everything from pig lard to palm pulp and they traveled for nine months in pursuit of the best whitewater in the Americas. The pair coordinated with schools, local governments, farmers, agricultural research centers and media to conduct demonstrations advocating for the use of alternative energy all along the way. Best Environmental Film, Taos MountainFilm; Everest Award Recipient for Advocacy. (USA, 2007, 33 minutes) www.oilandwaterproject.org

The Story of Stuff Annie Leonard and Free Range Studios A provocative and eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer driven culture ? from resource extraction to iPod incineration. Annie Leonard, an activist who has spent the past 10 years traveling the globe fighting environmental threats, narrates, delivering a rapid-fire, often humorous and always engaging story about "all our stuff ? where it comes from and where it goes when we throw it away." Leonard examines the real costs of extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal, and she isolates the moment in history where she says the trend of consumption mania began. (USA, 19 minutes) www.storyofstuff.com; www.freerangestudios.com

Water Loving Doggies Will Kier There are places in this world and moments in time when paradise does exist. Join some furry friends down on the Yuba. (USA, 2007, 2 minutes, 40 seconds)

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Tour Returns to Cleveland Museum of Natural History The largest environmental film festival in North America is returning to Cleveland. Whether it's a call to action to avert the climate crisis, an inspirational message about citizen participation and forest advocacy that resulted in Ohio's only national forest, a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and its environmental effects, or an eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer-driven culture, the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Tour will expose the public to forward-thinking ideas and global awareness. The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, presented by Patagonia and hosted by the Museum's Nature League and its GreenCityBlueLake Institute, brings together nine award-winning environmental and adventure films in a spirit of inspiration and education. These films help raise awareness of the natural world and motivate viewers to make a difference locally and globally. Event organizers are interested in engaging Northeast Ohio's youth. To this end, high school students are encouraged to attend at a discounted cost of $5. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with a reception where guests can enjoy music, food and a $2 beer and wine bar. They can also meet representatives from local environmental groups. The films will be shown in the Museum's Murch Auditorium starting at 7 p.m., with one intermission. All proceeds from the film festival benefit the Museum. Tickets are $15 per person. Members receive a discounted ticket price of $10. High school students pay a discounted cost of $5. For reservations, call 216-231-1177 or 800-317-9155, ext. 3279 or visit www.cmnh.org. After the films, David Beach, director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute, will lead a question-and-answer session. The films are: Carpa Diem Sergio Cannella Before sleeping, a child in her apartment is lovingly watching a fish in the aquarium. In the meantime, her younger brother is being mindless of the open tap water flowing out of the washbasin ? a waste that could turn into a tragedy. Best Short, Vatavaran Film Festival; Best Spot, Festival International Du Film Sur L_Énergie de Lausanne. (Italy, 2006, 2 minutes) www.sergiocannella.it Climate: A Crisis Averted Free Range Studios Looks back from the year 2056 and recounts how ordinary citizens in 2006 ? realizing that global warming was a scientific fact and not a climatic theory ? take action to demand clean energy and other planet-friendly options. The piece describes how a movement called RenewUS effected real change with an action plan, a 'call-to-arms' about global warming. (USA, 2 minutes) www.freerangestudios.com For the Price of a Cup of Coffee Hypatia Porter Follow the life cycle of a paper cup and the environmental repercussions of a society reliant on convenience. Filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area with interviews from local activists and experts. Maybe you'll remember now to bring your own cup to the cafe! Best Documentary Epidemic Student Film Festival; Best Environmental Documentary, Cabbagetown Short Film Festival, Toronto. (USA, 2007, 15 minutes) www.sfenvironment.org Fridays at the Farm Richard Power Hoffman - Honorable Mention - Wild & Scenic Film Festival Feeling disconnected from their food, a photographer/filmmaker and his family decide to join a community supported organic farm. Moving from passive observer to active participant, the filmmaker photographs the natural processes of food cultivation. Featuring lush time-lapse and macrophotography sequences compiled from nearly 20,000 still images, this personal essay is a meditation on the miracles of life. Best Short, Green Film Festival, Seoul, Korea; Best Documentary, Sapporo Short Film Festival, Japan. (USA, 2006, 19 minutes) www.coyopa.com A Forest Returns Jean Andrews and Steve Fetsch The success story of Ohio's only national forest as told by Ora E. Anderson. A documentary presenting an inspirational message about citizen participation and forest advocacy during the 1930s Depression era. Film producer Jean Andrews was inspired by Anderson, a storyteller featured in documentary, as she traces the rebirth of a forest in Southeastern Ohio after generations of clear-cutting and farming. Ninety-three year-old Anderson, an Athens-area resident, nature writer and radio commentator, was a journalist living in Southeastern Ohio during the Great Depression. Anderson vividly recalls the environmental and social conditions that led to the establishment of the Wayne National Forest. This video illustrates our evolving relationship with the land through Anderson's movingly personal account, archival photographs, 1930s newspaper reports and "then and now" imagery. (USA, 30 minutes) www.ohiolandscape.org Gimme Green Isaac Brown, Eric Flagg Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity? A humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop ? the lawn. College Television Award, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Best Documentary Short, Beverly Hills Shorts Festival; Best Documentary Short, Phoenix Film Fest; (USA, 2006, 27 minutes) www.gimmegreen.com Oil and Water Project Seth Warren - People's Choice Award - Wild & Scenic Film Festival Two kayakers embark on an endless summer-style 35,000 kilometer road trip from Alaska to Argentina in a retro-outfitted Japanese fire truck without a single drop of petroleum. They converted their regular diesel engine to run on everything from pig lard to palm pulp and they traveled for nine months in pursuit of the best whitewater in the Americas. The pair coordinated with schools, local governments, farmers, agricultural research centers and media to conduct demonstrations advocating for the use of alternative energy all along the way. Best Environmental Film, Taos MountainFilm; Everest Award Recipient for Advocacy. (USA, 2007, 33 minutes) www.oilandwaterproject.org The Story of Stuff Annie Leonard and Free Range Studios A provocative and eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer driven culture ? from resource extraction to iPod incineration. Annie Leonard, an activist who has spent the past 10 years traveling the globe fighting environmental threats, narrates, delivering a rapid-fire, often humorous and always engaging story about "all our stuff ? where it comes from and where it goes when we throw it away." Leonard examines the real costs of extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal, and she isolates the moment in history where she says the trend of consumption mania began. (USA, 19 minutes) www.storyofstuff.com; www.freerangestudios.com Water Loving Doggies Will Kier There are places in this world and moments in time when paradise does exist. Join some furry friends down on the Yuba. (USA, 2007, 2 minutes, 40 seconds)

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