The 2nd Annual Environmental Film Festival, titled ‘Developing an Earth Ethic’ will be held this Thursday, April 26th, at the Egyptian Theatre. Free and open to the public, the Egyptian is proud to bring classic film titles which otherwise would never be seen in this area. The Environmental Film Festival is brought to you by the NIU Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability & Energy.
Doors to the Egyptian Theatre open at 3pm on Thursday and there will be a Silent Auction held in the lobby to help cover the costs of this event. At 4pm is the first movie, Our Planet Earth (1991, 23 minutes). This film is a love poem to our home by those who have seen it from space. This spectacular film will increase awareness of international and environmental interdependence for all of Earth’s inhabitants.
At 4:30pm see The Lorax (1972, 28 minutes). The Lorax is an animated musical television special produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and first aired on CBS on February 14, 1972 based on the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss.
Dinner break will be from 5-6pm. Lobby to remain open for patrons to visit information tables. Film extras will be shown in the theatre during the break. Golden Thai Jasmine restaurant will give 10% total bill discounts. Must present program brochure to receive discount.
At 6:00pm watch Butterflies and Bulldozers (2010, 62 minutes). For fifty years, people have fought to protect San Bruno Mountain and its rare butterflies. This film is a story about the rights of nature and the rights of people, about compromise and commitment, and the tough choices we all have to make.
Meet the Artist, Siew Lian Lim at 7:15pm. Since coming to the West, he has been searching for a medium for beings to have a heart-to-heart connection with the spirituality of the East to find peace and harmony. In art he has found this connection, art that expresses spirituality in human terms – “Humanistic Spirituality.”
Division Street (2009, 63 minutes) will begin at 7:30pm. From pristine roadless areas to concrete jungles, follow filmmaker Eric Bendick as he tours North America, dodging Yellowstone’s grizzlies and Miami’s taxicabs, and highlighting sustainable road projects and wildlife corridors for the 21st century.
The last film of the evening will be Green Fire Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time (2010, 74 minutes) at 9:00pm. This film highlights environmentalist Aldo Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.
For more information including links to learn more about each of the movies, visit the NIU Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability & Energy website.