From Mary Burgan. You can email me at mary[AT]borderstan.com
The Annual Environmental Film Festival has come to DC for the 20th year since 1993. According to the organizers, “… the Festival has expanded to become the nation’s largest showcase of environmental film, attracting an audience of over 30,000. Beyond Washington, D.C., the Festival has launched a movement, serving as a model for environmental film festivals across the country and around the world.”
The festival began on Monday and runs through March 25 — more than 120 films, some “professional” and some first-time efforts, will be featured. They will be screened in venues in and around Dupont — at the Carnegie Institution for Science (16th and P NW) and the National Geographic Society (17th and M NW), and downtown at the Martin Luther King Library. See the festival website for movie summaries and titles, times, and places.
Like other festivals, the Environmental Film Festival offers a rich menu of important films, but the scheduling is such that you must have your evenings free for the ones you really want to see. For example, You’ve Been Trumped about Donald Trump’s drive to put his projects in sacrosanct places such as the dunes of Aberdeen, Scotland (not to mention the Old Post Office Building in DC) has only one showing on Tuesday, March 13, at the E Street Cinema. If you can’t go on that date, you’ll miss the show.
So here’s a plea for alternate showings of important festival films, especially ones that are unlikely ever to appear in local theaters.