20th Anniversary Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Date: March 13 to March 25, 2012
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If you would like to live a greener life, learn more about global environmental issues or  see what an underwater tropical reef looks like in 3D, then check out the 20th Anniversary Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital. In its 20th year, the festival has become one of the largest in the world and continues to bring cultural collaboration and environmental awareness to the D.C. area year after year. The event, which features more than 170 documentary, feature and other styles of film, will be held at participating museums, libraries, embassies, local theaters and universities from March 13 to March 25, 2012.

Known as one of the largest showcases of environmental films in the world, the mission of the Environmental Film Festival is to broaden the public’s knowledge and understanding about the environment. The films to be shown at the festival will address global environmental issues such as conservation practices, climate change, natural disasters, clean energy, negative health effects caused by chemicals and more. Many of the films are free to the public and also feature a discussion with filmmakers, environmental experts and other special guests.

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Pre-Festival Screening
Warner Theatre
513 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-4000

Price: Free, registration required

Showtime: March 1, 2012 at 10 a.m.

Get an early glimpse into this year’s festival at a pre-screening of the “Cafeteria Man.”  The film highlights the efforts of Chef Tony Geraci, who has been on a plight to go green in Baltimore Public Schools. His campaign urges the importance of creating healthier cafeteria options for children in the public school system, and places emphasis on natural ingredients. To reach this goal, Geraci has gone so far as to grow on-site vegetable gardens on school grounds and implement vegetarian days and nutritional education programs.

Notable Films 

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Notable films making its world premiere at the Environmental Film Festival include “River Red: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West,” a film about the scarcity of the Colorado River. The event will also feature award-winning documentaries such as “A Fierce Green Fire,” a 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection which discusses the history of the environmental awareness movement, from conservation practices to climate change and everything in between. Catch sneak peek into “The Dust Bowl,” a feature film by Ken Burns which discusses the impact of the severe dust storms in the southern plains in the 1930s. “The City Dark,” a film that examines the impact of light pollution and the waning ability to to be able to gaze at visible stars in the night sky, is one D.C. area residents will surely relate to.

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3D Event

The event also features family-friendly showings as well, including animated films. For the first time ever, a 3D IMAX film called the “Last Reef,” which details the diverse and colorful creatures that live in an underwater reef, provides a real-life look at marine life and is the perfect family-friendly film.

Participating Venues

Participating film venues include the National Archives, National Geographic Society, AFI Silver Theater, National Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church and many more. Visit the Environmental Film Festival website for up-to-date information regarding featured films, showtimes, film viewing locations and other event-related information. To request a printed festival program, please call (202) 342-2564.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.