If you watched the Oscars on Sunday night and were paying close attention, you may have noticed that climate change made a small appearance. Missed it? It was right there in the middle of the “issues” montage. If you don’t believe me, head on over to Oscar.com and take a look at item number ten. See it? Day After Tomorrow. (For those of you not familiar with the movie, IMDb can help. May I also suggest this and this.)
As I mentioned last week, this year’s Academy Awards presented a variety of green tinted films, including Syriana and March of the Penguins, which both won Oscars. But you don’t need to depend on Hollywood for great environmental filmmaking. A whole host of green films are being created by independent filmmakers everywhere, and are featured at environmental film festivals around the U.S. Two of the most prominent are taking place this month.
Seattle’s own Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network will be hosting their 8th annual film festival in Leavenworth, WA from March 23-26. In addition to showing over 30 hours of ecological and issue-based films, the event provides filmmaking and environmentally focused workshops, expert panel discussions, speakers, and music. See the schedule here.
And from March 16-26, the DC Environmental Film Festival will feature 100 documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental, and children’s films. For a list of films and schedule, click here.
Stay tuned for more information about environmental film festivals next week.
And before I let you go, a quick weekly recap:
- Update [2006-3-10 11:57:42 by Chris Schults]: Oops! Forgot this: Kelley Stoltz and renewable energy
- Treehugger TV launches
- More on Crichton
- Official release date for The Meatrix II announced