It’s the second week of the 2015 Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C.!
The Environmental Film Festival (EFF) in our Nation’s Capital continues through March 29, 2015. The festival is the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the country and the largest film festival in the Washington, D.C. area. In its twenty-third year, the EFF is presenting over 160 films selected to provide fresh perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues facing our planet: Africa, animated features and shorts, Built and Created environments, Asia Climate Connections, energy and Resources, Environmental Impact and Advocacy, a selection of fiction based features, Food and Agriculture, Fresh Water and Oceans, Kid-Friendly programs at D.C. area libraries, Latin America, Local DMV environmental issues, Sustainable living, and Wildlife. Most of films are free of charge, but there are a few that require on-line reservations of tickets through the website. The venues that will charge are clearly listed for each of those films on the website for the festival (in text links) All of the venues are located throughout the D.C. and Maryland areas, and are close to metros, bus routes, and parking.
Many wonderful films were shown this weekend all over the D.C. area, among them were Song of the Sea at the Carnegie Institute of Science in D.C., March of The Penguins at Avalon Theater in D.C., and Grave of The Fireflies at AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring Maryland.
Song of the Sea, a 2015 Oscar Nominee for Animated Film, is a dramatic animated feature film written by William Collins and Tomm Moore and directed by Tomm Moore, and starring Lucy O’Connell, Colm Ó’Snodaigh, Liam Hourican. The film tells the adventurous story of Saoirse, the last seal-child and her big brother Ben. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with their grandmother in the city. Their journey back to their father’s home by the sea becomes a race against time to save the other mythical creatures and Saorise, as they are drawn into the mythological world Ben knows only from his mother’s folktales. Exploring sibling relationships in the face of family tragedy, and handling gently themes of compassion and acceptance, this film is one that should not be missed. This family friendly film is currently available from Amazon Prime and most On Demand cable services. Color, 93 minutes, English.
March of the Penguins, the 2006 Oscar winning documentary, was written by Luc Jacquet, Michel Fessler and Jordan Roberts, directed by Luc Jacquet, and narrated by Morgan Freeman. The documentary explores the annual journey of Emperor penguins as they march, single file, to their traditional breeding ground. The story follows the penguins over one year, as they overcome formidable obstacles to return to their breeding grounds for mating season. Their trek across the Antarctic shows the raw experience of life and survival, and parallels every major human life experience. This insightful and extraordinary documentary is currently available on Amazon Prime. Color, 80 minutes, English.
Grave of Fireflies, the 1988 award-winning animated feature film was written by Akiyuki Nosaka (novel), and Isao Takahata, directed by Isao Takahata, and starred Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, and Akemi Yamaguchi. It is a classic and tragic film that follows a young boy and his little sister, and their struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. Their mother was killed and father is missing. The children in their struggle find relief, adventure, and distraction from their imaginations involving the fireflies lighting the sky. It is a very emotionally moving film and not for young children. Currently available on DVD and Amazon Prime. Color, 89 Minutes, Animation and War, English.