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4th Annual Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum – March 20-21, UNCW Campus

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum will take place March 20-21 on the campus of UNCW. Sponsored by the UNCW Department of Film Studies and Friends of the Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum, four documentaries will be screened over the course of two days, each followed by panel and audience discussion.

The forum is designed to inspire and motivate participants to make a difference for the environment and in their communities. Specific topics this year’s film selections will address include green burials, reconnecting children with nature and indigenous land struggles in the Peruvian Amazon.

All screenings will be held in King Auditorium (located in King Hall) and are free and open to all. Titles and schedule details are listed below:

Friday, March 20, 7 p.m. – A Will for the Woods

What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth, musician, psychiatrist and folk dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma.

With poignancy and unexpected humor, A Will for the Woods portrays the last days of a multifaceted advocate – and one community's role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement. As the film follows Clark's dream of leaving a legacy in harmony with timeless cycles, environmentalism takes on a profound intimacy. 

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, Amy Browne, Dyanne Matzkevich (Pine Forest and Gethsemane Memorial Gardens), Angela Wadsworth (Professor in the UNCW Department of Sociology and Criminology) and a representative from Wilmington Funeral and Cremation.

Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. – Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, Special Event

Students at the middle school level at Cape Fear Center for Inquiry (CFCI) will premiere their short environmental documentary. The event also includes other short films made by young people from across the country.

An assortment of young panelists from CFCI will speak after the screening.

Saturday, March 21, 12:30 p.m. – Project Wild Thing

David Bond is a filmmaker and a father. The world has changed since he was a kid. His children are hooked on screens and don't want to go outdoors. They want iPads, TV and plastic toys. The marketing departments of Apple, Disney and Mattel control his children better than he can. Determined to get them up and out, David appoints himself as the Marketing Director for Nature. With the help of branding and outdoor experts, he develops and launches a nationwide marketing campaign to get British children outside. But the competition is not going to lie down and let some upstart with a free product steal their market. Project Wild Thing is the hilarious, real-life story of one man's determination to get children out and into the ultimate, free wonder-product: Nature.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Elissa Riley (Earth Day Alliance - Wilmington Earth Day), Lisa Recchuiti (Professor of Psychology- Cape Fear Community College) and Ted Wilgis (North Carolina Coastal Federation).

Saturday, March 21, 3:30 p.m. – When Two Worlds Collide (work in progress)

When Two Worlds Collide portrays the hazardous journey of an Amazonian leader confronting rules of the globalization game created by developed countries in order to protect corporate interests. With the rainforest in jeopardy, this apocalyptic story presents two colliding visions that shape the climate future of our world.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s co-director Taira Akbar, Anthony Snider (Professor in the UNCW Department of Environmental Studies), James Rotenberg (Professor in the UNCW Department of Environmental Studies), Logan Skowronski (UNCW Eco) and Molly Murphy (Working Films).

For updates on additional panelists and to join the discussion, follow the forum on Facebook.