Environmental Film Festival Underway in DC

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Photo credit: Jonathan Bird Productions

The 17th annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital kicked off yesterday and will continue through March 22 with 136 eco-themed documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films. This year's festival has several films on oceans and sea life and a special Ocean Film Series, including the world premiere of The State of the Planet's Oceans, hosted and narrated by Matt Damon. Among other special guests, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Hedrick Smith will speak March 15 about water pollution and show clips from his upcoming film, Poisoned Waters, airing April on PBS Frontline, comparing the Chesapeake Bay to Puget Sound.A Sea Change, which looks at the growing menace of ocean acidification, is another important film premiering at the festival. It is a particularly timely documentary, especially given that the issue is among the top priorities at the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change this week in Copenhagen. Already, ocean acidity has increased about 32% since pre-industrial times, according to the BBC.

Director Barbara Ettinger and husband Sven Huseby, an environmentalist, were inspired by an article by Elizabeth Kolbert in The New Yorker, "The Darkening Sea," published in 2006. The film will screen March 16 at the National Museum of Natural History.

Another film of interest for ocean lovers is At the Edge of the World, a documentary on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a group of eco pirates who fight for conservation on the Antarctic Ocean.

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