The Annapolis Film Festival’s Environmental Showcase, scheduled for Friday, April 1 at 2:00 pm at St. Anne’s Parish House on Duke of Gloucester Street, highlights the increasing dangers of climate change. The Showcase, presented by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, features a distinguished panel of experts to discuss the issues raised by the famous American economist, Jeffrey Sachs, in Climate: A Few Degrees Less. The panel is moderated by the Alliance’s Executive Director, Al Todd.
Climate: A Few Degrees Less is directed by Thierry Robert. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, has a mission: he wants to keep the world temperature from rising by more than two degrees Celsius before 2050. If the temperature rises more than these two degrees, the Earth is bound to experience climate-caused disasters. How can scientists organize and compel governments around the globe to act before it’s too late?
The documentary is followed by two compelling short films.
The Last Bay Scallop? is directed by John Stanton. The waters of Nantucket Bay contain the last commercially viable bay scallop fishery on the East Coast. No one contests that the harvest is in decline. With the loss of the scallops’ eel grass habitat, fishermen and scientists alike fight to protect this cultural and economic staple, so vital to the island’s heritage.
Ocean Stories: Greg Stone is directed by Patrick Creadon.While recounting the deep sea exploration adventures of his youth, marine biologist and conservationist Dr. Greg Stone presents a cautionary view of the future of our fragile ocean ecosystem.
Panelists includes Tiffany Hartung, Manager, Maryland Climate Coalition, National Wildlife Federation; Jeffrey Eckel, Chairman, CEO and President, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc.; Patrick Thompson, President and CEO, EnergyWorks Group. John Stanton, Director of The Last Bay Scallop? will be on hand for Q&A.
The Environmental Showcase is sponsored through the generous support of Hannon Armstrong, providing debt and equity financing to the energy efficiency and renewable energy markets; Laura Ricciardelli and David Watt, Dick and Dorothy D’Amato. Nancy Hammond Editions will be displaying artwork with environmental themes throughout the Showcase.
The fourth annual Annapolis Film Festival, March 31-April 3, 2016, features a critically acclaimed line-up of narrative and documentary feature and short films from 21 countries, including an Academy Award nominee and selections fresh from Sundance and SXSW. The venues for the 70+ films are all in downtown Annapolis and within walking distance of each other. Guests may also catch a free City Circulator trolley to see some of the best new releases.
Tickets cost from $12.50 for a single film block to $115 for a festival pass. The pass includes the Opening Night film and After Party and unlimited films and panels for four days. Student and senior tickets are $10. Student passes are $50.
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