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Film and Media Arts: Environmental Film Series

AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking

And Filmmakers for Conservation

Present the 4th Annual Spring Film Series

Hosted by Chris Palmer and Justine Schmidt

Most events are held in the Wechsler Theater at 7pm on Tuesdays

3rd Floor, Mary Graydon Center, American University

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017


The March 16-20 events are part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (


For more information, contact Chris Palmer at 202-885-3408 or Justine Schmidt at 202-413-4490, or visit or


Safari Sisters on Animal Planet

Kathryn Pasternak, formerly Senior Producer with National Geographic

Tuesday, February 10 at 7 pm

Series Producer Kathryn Pasternak talks about her experiences producing her first Animal Planet series out of a concrete bunker in the middle of a wildlife reserve in Zimbabwe.


1Sky and WITNESS: Video for Change

Gillian Caldwell, Campaign Director for 1Sky and former Executive Director of WITNESS

Tuesday, February 17 at 7 pm

Gillian Caldwell will show video from 1Sky's climate change campaign. She’ll also demonstrate the use of video in environmental advocacy and its power to change human rights policies.


The Reality of Documentary TV

Michael Cascio, SVP, National Geographic

Tuesday, February 24 at 7 pm

Michael Cascio with stories from the front lines of making real – as opposed to reality – television, and why documenting the truth about our world is way more interesting than fiction.


Animal Planet’s Whale Wars

Jason Carey, Executive Producer, Animal Planet

Tuesday, March 3 at 7 pm

The EP of Whale Wars discusses the challenges of tackling controversial animal conservation as dramatic storytelling and how doing so is beginning to rebrand a television network.


Potato Heads and Corn Dogs: Keepers of the Crop

Larry Engel, American University

Monday, March 16 at 8:15 pm

Humankind’s survival may rest with the gatherers of the crops, not the hunters of the beasts.


Laughter, Comedy and Environmental Activism

Chris Palmer, American University

Tuesday, March 17 at 7 pm

A film-clip illustrated presentation on how to take advantage of one of the most powerful tools available to us in environmental activism—humor.


Student Environmental Short Film Festival, plus Panel Discussion (co-sponsored by REI)

Hosted by Professors Chris Palmer and Sandy Cannon-Brown

Panel: Charles Dunkerly (National Park Service), Danny Ledonne (CEF and AU), and Jen Shoemaker (National Geographic)

Wednesday, March 18 at 7 pm

See some of the best environmental films being produced by students today.


Bombs in our Backyard (Work in Progress), plus Panel Discussion

Ginny Durrin, Durrin Productions, Inc., plus panel

Thursday, March 19 at 7 pm and again at 8 pm

Toxic chemical weapons secretly buried in the past now haunt residents of a wealthy DC neighborhood.



Marty Ostrow, filmmaker

Friday, March 20 at 7 pm

Americans of diverse faiths are standing up for the environment and building a religious-environmental movement. See the first film documenting this new movement.


"I've Never Seen A Bear From That Perspective Before!" and Other Reflections on Documentary Production

Peter Argentine of Argentine Productions

Tuesday, March 24 at 7 pm

Peter Argentine will share stories from the field and observations on being an independent filmmaker.


EcoViews: Reclaiming the Bay

Sandy Cannon-Brown and students

Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm

This HD production for Maryland Public Television was produced, shot and edited by SOC students in Prof. Cannon-Brown’s class. See the film and learn how it was made.


Classroom in the Wild/Florida

Chris Palmer and students

Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm

Learn how a dozen students survived the wilds of Florida for a week over spring break! Chris Palmer and his students will lead a presentation that will include videos and photos.

CEF'S Palmer Shares Tips

Palmer's six-part series in Faculty Focus is a great resource for faculty

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