American Conservation Film Festival “Best of Fest”
20 W Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
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The Weinberg Center welcomes back the American Conservation Film Festival “Best of Fest” for 2014. The three award-winning films showing this year are (in order): “Backyard,” “The Lost Bird Project,” and “The Ends of the Earth: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula.” Representatives from ACFF and the Sierra Club will be in the lobby to meet with the audience before and after the films.
John Grabowska, “Ends of the Earth” filmmaker, will be in attendance for a Q&A session following his film. Representatives from ACFF, the Sierra Club and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network will be in the lobby to meet with the audience before and after the films.
“Backyard” (28 minutes), by student filmmaker award winner Deia Schlosberg, tells the powerful, personal stories of how “fracking” affects the lives of five people in four states, all with very different backgrounds and perspectives, but all at odds with the natural gas extraction occurring around them. Despite their differences, unnerving similarities emerge from their shared experiences with the massive unseen entity that is “the industry.”
“The Lost Bird Project” (57 minutes), by filmmakers Deborah Dickson and Muffie Meyer, won the Green Fire Award for extraordinary excellence in filmmaking. This documentary tells the stories of five birds driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize them. The film follows McGrain as he searches for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiates for permission to install his large bronze sculptures there.
“The Ends of the Earth: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula” (60 minutes), by filmmaker John Grabowska, won the 2013 Audience Choice Award. The Alaska Peninsula is a cloud-cloaked wilderness of towering volcanoes, rolling tundra and the greatest concentration of the largest bears on Earth. The writings of naturalist Loren Eiseley inspire this essay on a landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon fishery is the most prolific in the world. PBS International has just signed on to distribute “The Ends of the Earth” to international television markets.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and can be purchased by phone at 301-600-2828 or online.