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Environmental Film Festival to Present Over 130 Films

Dec 30, 2015 10:26AM
The 24th annual Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital, the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the country, will present more than 130 films selected to provide fresh perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues facing Earth, from March 15 to 26.

“Parks: Protecting Wild”, exploring the vital role of parks and protected areas in conserving the natural world, will be the focus of a selection of 2016 festival films. Screenings will include discussion with filmmakers, scientists and policy makers, and many are free.

A salute to the U.S. National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, a new MacGillivray Freeman IMAX film, National Parks Adventure, explores our spectacular national parks, from Yosemite and Yellowstone to the Everglades, while An American Ascent documents the first African-American expedition to tackle North America’s highest peak, Denali, in Alaska’s Denali National Park.

Local subjects will be covered in several films. Beautiful Swimmers Revisited advances the story of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab. City of Trees explores a community's fight for equal access to safe parks and good jobs in our nation's capital. Defeating Disney recounts the successful efforts to block the construction of a Disney history theme park in Virginia more than 20 years ago.

Other films will explore the emerging clean energy economy, food and agriculture topics, including biodynamic farming in Denmark and fair trade chocolate, and built and created environments, from land art in the American desert to the stunning nature photography of Sebastião Selgado.

Locations: films will be shown at a venues throughout the District. The complete festival schedule, with locations, will be posted in February at


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