The "Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature," Environmental Film Festival at Eckerd College kicked off Friday night with the winner of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or prize, Uncle Boonmee who can Recall his Past Lives.
Another highlight of this year's festival is the screening of Ondi Timoner's film Cool It, about controversial environmentalist Bjorn Lundberg's skeptical response to the solutions to global warming proposed in An Inconvenient Truth.
The film will be shown on Saturday, February 19th, at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion with Eckerd College Professors of Marine Science David Hastings and Joel Thompson and Professor of Environmental Studies Paul Hindsley.
Other programs at this years festival highlight themes such as plastic bags, forgotten things, natural gas, independent farming, insect obsessions, astronomy and urban bird watching. All films are free and open to the public, and screen in the Miller Auditorium of Eckerd College.
Saturday, February 19, 7 p.m. - Obselidia, directed by Diane Bell
Believing he's the last door-to-door encyclopedia salesman in the world, George decides to write The Obselidia, a compendium of obsolete things. Winner of the Sloan Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, this film explores the question, if the world is going to disappear tomorrow, how are we going to live today? The film will be introduced by Jim Deutsch, program curator at the Smithsonian Institute.
Sunday, February 20, 2 p.m. - Cool It, directed by Ondi Timoner
Rooted in the ideas of controversial environmental author, Bjorn Lundberg, this documentary takes an alternative approach to dealing with the impending global warming crisis. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Eckerd College scientists and economists.
Monday, February 21, 7 p.m. - Split Estate, directed by Debra Anderson
Examines the impact on human lives of the natural gas industry. The film will be introduced by the director, who will lead a discussion afterward.
Tuesday, February 22, 7 p.m. - Greenhorns and Nourish: Food + Community
Two short films: about young farmers in America, and about our changing relationships to food in a global economy. The film will be introduced by Eckerd professor Kip Curtis and some of Greenhorn's farmers.
Wednesday, February 23, 7 p.m. - Beetlequeen Conquers Tokyo, directed by Jessica Oreck
A documentary exploring Japan's longstanding love affair with bugs. The film will be introduced by Eckerd Professor of Japanese Eileen Mikals-Adachi.
Thursday, February 24, 7 p.m. - Bag It!
An average guy (Jeb Berrier, who will be here to present the film) decides to stop using plastic bags and it ends up changing his life.
Friday, February 25, 7 p.m. - Nostalgia for the Light
A gorgeous and provocative essay film that examines two seemingly unrelated phenomena in the Atacama desert of Chile: astronomers search the skies for timeless truths and families search the ground for the remains of their loved ones who disappeared during the brutal regime of Pinochet.
Saturday, February 26, 7 p.m. - Legend of the Pale Male
A delightful documentary following the fame of a wild redtail hawk who made his home among the tall buildings of downtown New York City. The film will be introduced by its producer, Janet Hess, who is also series editor of the PBS series Nature.
For more information and a complete program, see the event website. The "Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature," Environmental Film Festival is coordinated by Cathy Griggs, Eckerd College Prof. of Environmental Studies, and Nathan Andersen, Eckerd College Prof. of Philosophy. Major support is provided by the Phoenix Venture Philanthropy Foundation.