Tonight marks the launch party for the 2011 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital; soon the lights will go down for 150 films from 40 countries that illustrate the connection between energy and the environment.
The festival runs from March 15-27 in various locations around the city, and it includes talks by 55 filmmakers and 94 special guests. Tonight’s kickoff starts at 6:30 in the Warner Building Atrium and features art, dance, and music.
Which of this year’s films are of local interest?
- A Community of Gardeners celebrates seven urban community gardens in DC.
- America’s Sustainable Garden: United States Botanic Garden showcases the National Garden.
- With DC’s plastic bag fee, check out Bag It, about a guy who pledges to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store, which changes his life completely.
- The Runoff Dilemma shows how some farmers are preventing runoff and support saving the Bay.
- Sturgeon: Eggs to Die For shares scientists’ hopes for the fish’s big comeback.
- The Last Boat Out and Watermen give a peek into the lives of those who work the Bay.
- Kieran Timberlake: Loblolly House features a model sustainable house in Maryland.
- Coal from nearby West Virginia helps to power DC. On Coal River and Burning the Future: Coal in America show why people who live there are fighting to protect their mountains, water, air, and way of life.