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2011 DC Environmental Film Festival

Friday, March 25, 2011, 6 p.m.

Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Room 100, Washington, D.C.

No charge; Photo ID and reservations required.


Every March, the DC Environmental Film Festival presents a diverse selection of quality environmental films, including documentaries, features, animations and shorts as well as archival, experimental, and children’s films at a wide variety of venues throughout the region. CPNAS participates in the Festival for the second time this year with Cities on Speed: Bogota Change, Melbourne Reborn, and New Orleans - The Water Line. Panel discussions will follow the films.

Cities on Speed: Bogota Change (Denmark, 2009, 58 minutes)
Friday, March 25, 6 p.m.

Fifty percent of the world’s population is now living in urban areas. By 2050, this figure is expected to increase to 80 percent. The result will be an explosion of huge megacities posing serious local and global challenges. This is the story of two charismatic mayors, Antanas Mockus and Enrique Penalosa, who, with unorthodox methods, in less than 10 years turned one of the world’s most dangerous, violent, and corrupt capitals into a peaceful model city populated by caring citizens. The film uncovers the ideas, philosophies, and strategies that underlie the changes in Bogota and are now being exported to cities worldwide. Episode 4 of the film series, “Cities on Speed.” Directed by Andreas Mol Dalsgaard. Produced by Anna-Maria Kantarius, Jesper Jack and Henrik Veileborg.

A panel discussion moderated by Kevin Finneran, Editor, Issues in Science and Technology journal and Director, Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, a joint unit of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, follows the screening. Participants include Arturo Ardila-Gomez, Senior Urban Transport Specialist, Sustainable Development Department, World Bank and Christopher Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Program, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council.

Melbourne Reborn (USA, 2008, 27 minutes)
Saturday, March 26, 6 p.m.

By the mid-1970s, Melbourne was a dying city. People commuted into the city to work during the day, but downtown became a ghost town after 5 p.m. This episode explores how leadership and vision transformed the cityscape. Rob Adams, Melbourne's director of design and urban environment, gives a guided tour to show how the city first sought livability, then sustainability, and how the two are inextricably intertwined. Season 3, Episode 3 from the film series, "E2 Design: The Economics of Sustainable Living." Narrated by Brad Pitt. Directed by Tad Fettig.

New Orleans - The Water Line (USA, 2008, 30 minutes)
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the citizens of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward weren’t about to watch their community disappear, even as government officials at all levels turned a blind eye to their plight. This story profiles community leaders fighting to rebuild the neighborhood sustainably and the outsiders including renowned architect Bob Berkebile, and the organizations Global Green and Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” that are working to make this possible. Season 3, Episode 5 from the film series, "E2 Design: The Economics of Sustainable Living." Narrated by Brad Pitt. Directed by Tad Fettig.

A panel discussion moderated by Kevin Finneran, Editor, Issues in Science and Technology journal and Director, Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, a joint unit of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, follows after the screening of the two episodes. Participants include Marina S. Moses, Director, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program, National Academy of Sciences.

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