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Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

Susannah
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I copied the following info from an email from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension,
Cumberland County office and from The Friend of Casco Bay http://friendsofcasco...­


"Wild & Scenic On Tour" Comes to Portland
Friends of Casco Bay is proud to host the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Saturday October 4th at Abromson Auditorium in Portland. This nationally-touring festival features films that seek to enhance environmental awareness and inspire action

Gimme Green – 27 min.
College Television Award, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Best Documentary Short, Beverly Hills Shorts Festival; Best Documentary Short, Phoenix FF; plus more.
Isaac Brown, Eric Flagg
Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity? Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop—the lawn. (USA, 2006, 27min) www.gimmegreen.com

Pollen Nation – 26 min.
Singeli Agnew and Joshua Fisher
Pollen Nation follows one migratory beekeeper and a semi-load full of honeybees from Minnesota to California. It's a science documentary disguised as an American road movie, and also the first film to take a look at the phenomenon of industrialized pollination, and the way it is beginning to unravel with dire consequences for all of us. The simple transaction between bee and flower remains a necessity in our complex, modern food system. As any beekeeper will tell you, bees pollinate one out of every three bites we eat. But today the bee population is in peril, threatened by factors both known and unknown. The number of hives in the US is nearly half of what it was thirty years ago. (USA, 2007, 26min.) www.pollennationthemovie.com


On Saturday, October 4th, 5-9 p.m., Friends of Casco Bay will host the Patagonia Presents the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Tour at the Abromson Community Education Center on the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus. This nationally-touring festival features films that range from humorous animated shorts to inspiring full-length documentaries – all of which seek to enhance environmental awareness.

A special addition to the film festival is the Maine premiere of Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk featuring Waterkeeper Alliance Board Chair Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., author/ explorer Wade Davis, and their daughters, on an exhilarating rafting adventure down the Colorado River to retrace the route of the 1869 expedition led by John Wesley Powell. This documentary was produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films, which has produced and distributed more than two dozen IMAX films since 1983, including To Fly!, seen at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum. The studio has adapted this 2008 IMAX production to DVD especially for Friends of Casco Bay's October 4th showing. The film's musical score was composed and arranged by the Grammy-winning Dave Matthews Band.

Introducing the film will be actress Gloria Reuben, best known for her recurring role in NBC's hit series, ER, from 1994 to 2000, as physician assistant Jeanie Boulet, a character bravely battling HIV/AIDS. Gloria is a Trustee of Waterkeeper Alliance, the organization co-founded by environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and seven Waterkeepers, including Casco Bay's own Baykeeper, Joe Payne. Gloria is currently shooting a new TV drama for TNT, Raising the Bar, co-starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue) and Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle).

Films will be shown from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and from 7:30 to 9, with an intermission catered by Whole Foods Market. A dessert reception follows. Tickets for the film festival are on sale now at Whole Foods Market, Cycle Mania, Bull Moose Music, and Patagonia Outlet. They can also be purchased online through www.cascobay.org. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and include admission to all 8 films as well as the dinner and dessert receptions.
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