Sunday, March 23, 2014

EFF: Nature and Community, Raptors and Youth

Every year, the DC Environmental Film Festival offers hundreds of insightful and compelling films from around the world. Films are showing from March 18-30, and many are free. On the Natural Capital, we're highlighting a few with DC connections.

March 30, noon, Carnegie Institution for Science
Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community: 6 short films

  • MIDNIGHT BLUE (France, 2013 8 min.) Using sand as animation, the film follows the rhythm of a whale's meditations, allowing us to witness the ocean in a different way.
  • FROM THE CLOUD TO THE GROUND (Tanzania/USA, 2013, 8 min.) Collaboration between the Jane Goodall Institute, Google Earth Outreach and local villagers to monitor forests.
  • FISH-I: AFRICA (USA, 2014, 18 min.) In the Western Indian Ocean, fighting large-scale illegal fishing. 
  • CABO PULMO (USA, 2013,16 min.) Rejuvenation and conservation of an ocean ecosystem at the only coral reef in the sea of Cortez.
  • SANCTUARY (USA, clips from a work-in-progress, 10 min.) This is the story of Rodney Stotts’ awe-inspiring struggle to provide Washington, D.C.’s underserved youth and endangered raptors with a safe haven for mutual healing and growth. As Rodney mentors a group of 16 to 18-year-olds whom the education system has failed, they will work to build flight cages for eagles on conservation land, a second chance for the young people and the birds. Introduced by filmmaker Annie Kaempfer. Discussion with Annie Kaempfer and Rodney Stotts, falconer and trained raptor specialist, follows screening.
  • REVIVING THE FREEDOM MILL (USA, 2013, 20 min.) When environmentalist Tony Grassi takes a crazy gamble to rehab an abandoned Mill, he inspires both skepticism and hope that its revived bond with the river will breathe new life into the rural town of Freedom, Maine. Discussion with Tony Grassi and filmmaker David Conover follows screening.

Check out this interview by Alexandra Cousteau for a taste of Rodney Stotts' work:

And another from VOA: