Environmental Film Festivals

Last September, I had the opportunity to view The Story of Stuff on a big screen as part of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Montana State University, Billings. The Story of Stuff, by Annie Leonard and Free Range Studios, is an entertaining and enlightening short film on the environmental and social impact of America’s addiction to abundant amounts of cheap stuff.

In addition to The Story of Stuff, there were several other captivating and eye-opening films included at The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, which I was happy to discover. Among these was Gimme Green, a very funny look at Americans’ obsession with the idea of the perfect lawn, and Coal Country, a heartbreaking portrait of the devastating impact of coal mining on communities in West Virginia.

If you are interested in learning more about environmental issues, and would like to be highly entertained while doing so, take a look at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival calendar. There are screenings scheduled all across the country for this year. You can also fan them on Facebook.

And if you live in the DC area, it’s your lucky week. The 18th annual Environmental Film Festival starts on the 16h and runs through the 28th. Films will be screened across a wide range of venues — “56 Venues, 155 Films.” In addition to Gimme Green and Coal Country, there are a couple of other films that I highly recommend: Division Street, a wonderfully directed depiction of the impact on highways on wildlife, which I had the good fortune of viewing; and Fresh, which I blogged about last November after screening it.

So, no matter where you live, chances are you will have an opportunity to experience some excellent eco-edutainment. If you do, I’d love to hear about your favorite films.

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