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Conservation Cinema Fall '08 Film Series Announced

American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Filmmakers for Conservation announce the fourth 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  7 p.m. in Wechsler Theater, on the third floor of AU’s Mary Graydon Center.

The schedule is as follows:
River of Hope: The Story of the Earth Conservation Corps
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Bob Nixon, founder and chairman of the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC), and a group of the ECC’s youth volunteers will screen an excerpt from a reality series about young men from Washington’s toughest neighborhoods.  In the clip, youths in a juvenile detention center compete in a triathlon alongside Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Screening of Land Of Dreams: Homesteading America
Tuesday, Oct. 7
Filmmaker Charles Dunkerly presents and discusses the making of his film Land of Dreams: Homesteading America.  The film explores the 130-year history of the 1862 Homestead Act, portraying the personal stories of struggle and success.

Using the Power of Humor to Change Environmental Behavior
Tuesday, Oct. 14
Short films illustrate how humor can be used to advance environmental goals. Cosponsored by EcoSense and Friends of the Earth.

The PBS System is Not the Matrix
Tuesday, Oct. 21
Steven Schupak, an executive producer for Maryland Public Television, will address how to navigate the public television system, the advantages public TV has over commercial TV, and where funds come from.

Getting Your Dream Job (Ten Years Before it Seems Possible)
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Bridget Whalen, director of development for the National Geographic Channel, talks about landing one’s dream job.  She will address developing and pitching ideas to cable networks, and how to build a creative team to develop projects.

Classroom in the Wild, Extreme HD Alaska
Tuesday, Nov. 11
Larry Engel, a film professor at American University, will lead a presentation of 12 students who faced the Alaska wilderness alongside Engel and survival instructor Brian Horner.

Salmon vs. Gold: Red Gold
Tuesday, Nov. 18
Filmmakers Travis Rummel and Lauren Oakes screen their award-winning film Red Gold. The film documents the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Cosponsored by the Turner Foundation.

The Best of the Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Speakers Michael Hanrahan and Justine Schmidt of The Ocean Channel. Details to be announced.

The Center for Environmental Filmmaking, a center within American University’s School of Communication, was founded on the belief that films and new media are essential to increasing public support for environmental protection.  Directed by veteran nature and wildlife filmmaker Chris Palmer, the center’s mission is to educate future generations of filmmakers in the art of producing films and new media that act as powerful agents of change in the interest of environmental and wildlife conservation.