Festival highlights ﬁlms with an eco bent
By Amy Joyce
Friday, March 9, 2012
Washington will be going green(er) beginning Tuesday with the 20th anniversary of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.
Opening-night events include the world premiere of "Switch," about transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy, at the Carnegie Institution for Science; a tribute to Wangari Maathai, an environmentalist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, at National Geographic; and perhaps of particular interest to Washingtonians now that Donald Trump plans to turn the Old Post Office building into a hotel, the D.C. premiere of "You've Been Trumped," about the Donald's attempt to build a golf course on conservation land in Scotland, at E Street Cinema.
Other highlights include:
A sneak preview of Ken Burns's upcoming film, "The Dust Bowl," which includes interviews of survivors from that period.
A Lucy Walker retrospective starts with the screening of her Academy Award-nominated film, "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom."
"Last Call at the Oasis," about the water crisis, is a free event at the National Museum of Natural History.
The U.S. premiere of "La Cle des Champs" ("The Field of Enchantment"), a French film about nature and imagination.
The winners of the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival screen March 24 at the Museum of Natural History.
The final film is "
A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet," which explores the history of environmentalism.
The films will be screened through March 25 across the D.C. area, including at the AFI Silver Theatre, National Gallery of Art and National Museum of Natural History. 202-342-2564. www.dcenvironmental
filmfest.org. Prices vary.