Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Colleen Quinn
Mar 11, 2009

If you are looking for green activities next week that do not involve St. Patrick, then you might want to check out some of the 140 films that make up the 2009 Environmental Film Festival. There are two movies with a DC focus in the festival: RiverSmart, a movie produced by the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) that highlights pollution in the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, and Nora!, a movie about Nora Pouillon, the founder of Restaurant Nora, the nation's first certified organic restaurant...

RiverSmart focuses on the problem of the runoff of raw sewage from buildings in DC into an overwhelmed sewer system. The film presents the innovative, environmentally sensitive practices that the District of Columbia government is using to combat sewage overflow and to clean up our local rivers.

There are two screenings of the DC film- March 16th at the E Street Cinema and March 18th at UDC. Filmmaker David Eckert and representatives from the DDOE will be available after both screenings to discuss the film, and local newscaster Wendy Rieger (creator of NBC's Going Green segment) will participate in the discussion after the March 16th screening.

Nora! focuses on the holistic organic lifestyle that is the foundation for both Nora Pouillon's cuisine and her commitment to living and eating sustainably. This film will be shown at the Carnegie Institute for Science, and will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown and Nora Pouillon.

We've heard great things about this film festival in the past, and are looking forward to learning more, especially about Nora Pouillon's tips on living a more organic life. Are any of our readers planning to attend?

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