|American Conservation Film Festival|
|Written by Paul Mahoney|
|Saturday, 20 October 2012 00:00|
American Conservation Film Festival announces Tenth Anniversary Season
October 10, 2012- The American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) celebrates its 10th Anniversary November 1-4 in historic Shepherdstown, WV. This year includes 65 films from around the world, post-show Q&As with filmmakers and conservation experts, a Saturday afternoon children's program, and, back by popular demand, 3D Films on Friday. The full schedule of films and events can be found on the website www.conservationfilm.org.
Shepherdstown, WV is just 75 miles west of Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. Films will be screened throughout the town, including at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), the Shepherdstown Opera House and at 3 venues on the campus of Shepherd University. Full Festival Passes can be purchased which will get you into all films, or you can purchase a ticket for a single "block" of films -- anywhere from 2 feature films to 5 shorter films. Purchase online at www.conservationfilm.org or at the individual venue.
Some Highlights of the Festival include:
Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger's fight to reveal a grave injustice at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country. We are honored to have MSgt. Ensminger present for Q & A after the film on Thursday, November 1st.
The Dust Bowl by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. This film is premiering in full length before it will be released on PBS and will be followed by a Q&A with Associate Producer Susan Shumaker on Friday, November 2 and Sunday, November 4.
3-D Friday Night at the Frank Center, starting at 8:00pm, we will show two 3-D films, Ice Bear followed by The Predator Coast. Ice Bear is the story of a young bear's epic migration through the icy waters of Hudson Bay and features breath-taking cinematography shot over twelve months, capturing rarely seen bear behavior. The Predator Coast is a unique part of Africa ruled on land by lions and crocodiles and out at sea, by sharks, dolphins and gannets. But all must bow to the ultimate master- a costal plain that has the seasonal power to give life and take it away. [The graphic nature of some scenes in both films may not be suitable for children]
Reynolds River Night with Alexandra Cousteau
We are thrilled to welcome Alexandra Cousteau, filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, to ACFF. Alexandra will introduce her film, Our Nation's River about the Potomac which touches the lives of everyone in its watershed, and then take part in a Panel Discussion with Stephanie Flack of The Nature Conservancy and Ed Merrifield of Potomac Riverkeepers. We are also particularly pleased to have Marion Stoddart, subject of the film which will open the evening Marion Stoddart: the work of 1000, in attendance to answer questions. Marion is an early grassroots organizer who headed the drive to clean up the Nashua River, one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the country in the 1960s. Reynolds River Night is Saturday, November 3rd.
Schedule and Tickets are available at www.conservationfilm.org.
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