The Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) will present 19 of the world’s best environmental and adventure short films in a two-evening event that will cover timely topics including fracking, farm labor and climate change.
The EEA, the independent nonprofit organization that supports the Evanston Ecology Center, is proud to be the Chicago area’s presenter of selections from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the nation’s largest environmental film festival.
Dates and Times: 7:00-9:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 21
Location: Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston
Each night will feature prize drawings. Seating will be limited, so register now with the Ecology Center, 847-448-8256, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.weekdays. Tickets are $5 each night, and can be used to receive a discount on EEA membership. Current EEA members receive free admission.
“We want people to be educated about controversial, life-and-death issues in the world today, but we also want people on the edge of their seats, and this year's Wild and Scenic Film Festival won't disappoint," EEA Board Secretary Karen Taira said. “We selected beautiful, gripping stories about adventure, wildlife, social justice, conservation, and climate change. Some films will spark laughter, some will spark tears--all of them are powerful.”
Each night will present different films, from two minutes to 26 minutes long, including:
• A Boom with No Boundaries–The “fracking” boom has brought jobs to North Dakota, but see how it’s impacting Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
• Walk on Water–Shooting rapids on a kayak is not everyone's idea of a good time. But it is for Greg Mallory, even though he's paralyzed from the waist down.
• From the Ground to the Clouds –Fifty years ago, Jane Goodall studied chimpanzees with binoculars, pencils and a notebook. Today, her team uses mobile devices and cloud-based mapping technology. But the goal is the same: Saving endangered chimps.
• SLOMO–This successful neurologist traded in his lab coat for roller blades and adopted a new motto: “Don’t be an a------.” See what happened next!
• Harvest of Shadows–Journey to California’s farm regions to get a glimpse of the lives of an estimated 450,000 undocumented farm laborers.
• Reynaldo–A farmer who once cut down trees in the Amazon Rainforest now travels the region showing people how to farm in balance with the forest.
• Snows of the Nile–At the summit of Uganda’s beautiful Rwenzori Mountains, see how climate change has hit some of the world’s only equatorial glaciers.
• The Sensai–You may cringe watching two climbers--one a legend, the other his determined apprentice--ascend dangerous spires of rock in Borneo.