D.C. Environmental Film Festival

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Here is a sampling of movies at the festival, http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org or 202-342-2564.

Thursday 25

"MEGAMALL," about the 12-year Palisades Center Mall project and its impact on the community; followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $12; students, $10; registration required. 202-272-2448.

"OUR DAILY BREAD," about how modern food production companies use technology to maximize efficiency, consumer safety and profit. 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-895-6776 or http://www.acfdc.org/events-registration.

"EZ TRANSPORT: FOOD MILES," Tad Fettig's 2008 documentary about the transportation of food from farm to the plate and the impact of this fuel-driven system on the environment, health and well-being. 7 p.m., Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Ave. NW. Free. 202-342-2564.

"FULL SIGNAL," about the proliferation of cellular antennas and their possible health effects; followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. 7 p.m., Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $10. 202-342-2564.

"BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO," Jessica Oreck's 2008 documentary about an old Japanese subculture of people who revere, collect and market insects; the director discusses the film before the screening. 8 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Friday 26

"FOOD FIGHT," Christopher Taylor's 2008 documentary about the origins of the organic food movement. Noon, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-342-2564.

"FROGS: THE THIN GREEN LINE," Allison Argo's 2009 documentary about the potential global crisis as frogs and other amphibians disappear, jeopardizing ecosystems; a reception with a cash bar precedes the screening. 7 p.m., National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free, reservations requested. 202-342-2564.

"THE MUSIC TREE," Otavio Juliano's 2009 documentary about the declining number of Brazil's brazilwood, which has been used in the manufacture of fine violin bows and other instruments since Mozart's time; followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. 7 p.m., Carnegie Institution of Washington, Elihu Root Auditorium, 1530 P St. NW. Free. 202-342-2564.

Saturday 27

"THE LEGEND OF PALE MALE," Frederic Lilian's documentary about a hawk that took up residence in a nest on a posh Fifth Avenue co-op building in New York City and the public outcry when the co-op board had the nest dismantled. Noon, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"CHARLES DARWIN AND THE TREE OF LIFE," 2009 film in which David Attenborough asks how and why Darwin came up with his theory of evolution. 1:45 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Sunday 28

"YELLOWSTONE: WINTER," John Aitchison's 2009 profile of the national park, whose residents include wolves, buffalo and grizzly bears. 11 a.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.


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