2013 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capitol
March 14, 2013 - March 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m. both days
NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Auditorium
Photo ID and registration required. No charge.
Wind of Change
Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m.
(Kenya, 2012, 40 minutes)
United States Premiere Eastern Africa has just experienced the worst drought the region has seen in more than 60 years. This documentary gives the drought a human face and brings us closer to the challenges that individuals face from climate change. The film follows a farmer in Kenya with big dreams and a vision for his family's future. He and his family fight against the effects of both global and local human-induced climate change, experiencing a rainy season that unfortunately has been marked by less rain than usual in recent years. Beautiful images and the farmer's own video diary provide an intimate look at their struggle. Directed by Julia Dahr.
Introduced by JD Talasek, Director, Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS). Panel discussion, moderated by Kevin Finneran, Editor, Issues in Science and Technology magazine, follows the screening.
An Evening with James Prosek
Friday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.
Presented with The Nature Conservancy
Film, Discussion, and Book Signing
Welcome by JD Talasek, Director, Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS). Introduced by Flo Stone, President and Founder, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.
Artist, writer and naturalist James Prosek has been called "the Audubon of the 21st Century" for his realistic depictions of fish as they appear in the wild. The monumental paintings he produces arise from the intersection of art, appetite, culture and adventure. The author of ten books, including Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish, Prosek also won a Peabody Award for his documentary on 17th century angler Izaak Walton.
Following the screening of the film, Picture the Leviathan about Prosek's art and commitment to conservation and clips from his upcoming film about eels for the PBS "Nature" series, he will discuss his work on the Ocean Fishes project and his new book-in-progress about how we name and order the natural world.
SECRETS OF THE EEL (USA, 2013 work-in-progress) A preview of Prosek's new film.
PICTURE THE LEVIATHAN (USA, 2012, 22 minutes) Washington, D.C. Premiere James Prosek is much like an artist in the tradition of 19th-century naturalists who worked from personal observations of the world as they discovered it. The difference is that Prosek paints creatures in a contemporary world that, once abundant, are vanishing and hopes that by helping audiences to see the beauty of these threatened creatures, he will improve their chances of survival. The film follows James on his quest to paint the 40 fishes of the North Atlantic, life-size, from individual fish that he traveled to see. Prosek documents fish and the creatures in their ecosystems, from swordfish off Newfoundland, giant groupers in the Bahamas, a 700-pound black marlin in the Cape Verde Islands, exactly as they appear alive in the wild. Working at the nexus of art, science, culture and the environment, Prosek adds an adventurer's sensibility to the sad story of collapsing Atlantic fisheries. Directed by Hal Clifford and Jason Houston.
James Prosek will sign copies of his books, Ocean Fishes and Eels: an Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish, both of which will be available for sale.