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Conservation Cinema Film and Speaker Series

American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Filmmakers for Conservation announce the fifth annual Conservation Cinema fall film and speaker series.  Hosted by Chris Palmer, director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, the events are free and open to the public.  They will be held at 7p.m on Tuesdays between October 13 and November 17 in Wechsler Theater on the third floor of AU’s Mary Graydon Center.

The schedule is as follows:

Animal Planet Takes on New Challenges
Tuesday, October 13
Jason Carey, vice president for production of Animal Planet, discusses the continued transformation of Animal Planet and the challenge of finding and producing blockbuster series in the animal genre.

The Smithsonian Network’s Mission and Programs
Tuesday, October 20
David Royle, executive vice president for programming and production of The Smithsonian Network, describes the channel’s launch and growth, shows clips from some of its award-winning programs, and discusses programming strategy.

Ocean for Life: A Cross-Cultural Experience in our National Marine Sanctuaries
Tuesday, November 3
Jonathan Shannon from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and AU film students Danny Ledonne, Jeremy Polk, Katie Kassof, Lauren Demko, and Alex Morrison describe the amazing experiences they had last summer working with Middle Eastern and Western high school students. Film projects the program participants created will be screened.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Its Film and New Media Program
Tuesday, November 10
AU alum, Michelle Williams, NASA film producer, and her NASA colleagues show clips from their productions and discuss their work at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Classroom in the Wild: Galapagos, Florida, Alaska, and Costa Rica
Tuesday, November 17
Learn about Classroom in the Wild and future opportunities to produce films and new media in exotic locations. AU professors Chris Palmer, Larry Engel, Bill Gentile, Kiho Kim, Simon Nicholson, and Sarah Menke-Fish discuss their goals and expectations for the Classroom in the Wild courses. Students who participated in the program will present their films and discuss their experiences and challenges while in the field.

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