Orion was proud to be a media sponsor of the twentieth annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, March 13-25. The festival, which screened more than 180 films at 68 venues around Washington DC, seeks to advance public understanding of the environment through the power of film.
Editor-in-Chief Chip Blake, Managing Director Madeline Cantwell, and Communications Associate Emily Glaser traveled to Washington to attend several film screenings, and to host a reader meet-up at Busboys & Poets on 5th and K Streets.
On Friday evening, Chip, along with Caroline Gabel, the EFF board chair, and Kate Christen, an environmental historian, introduced the film Life Size Memories at the National Zoo; on Saturday, rain and several political rallies didn’t keep audiences from a screening of the 2011 Jackson Hole Film Festival winners (or from grabbing free copies of the magazine) at the National Museum of Natural History.
Orion thanks all the dedicated staff of the Environmental Film Festival, especially Flo Stone and Helen Strong, for helping to bring Orion and environmental issues to such a varied audience. As Chip said before the screening of Life Size Memories, the arts teach us to think differently and force us to ask different questions about what we want from our lives and from the world.
We’ll be doing more traveling around the country this year, so if you missed us in DC, stay tuned here on the blog for updates about future Orion appearances and reader meet-ups.