March 27, 2015
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Four short films (4 to 7 minutes each) drawing on previously unscreened footage from Alice and Lincoln Day’s documentary film, Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War, were selected by the Festival with the express aim to explore the question: Can films make a difference in people’s thinking and actions?
A fifth short film, What We Are Leaving Behind in Iraq, a photo essay based on a selection from over 3,000 photos taken by an Iraq war veteran during his two deployments in Iraq was also premiered at this occasion.
The event, entitled, Film as a Tool for Peace and Climate Change, was held at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, and featured critical discussion with the audience and a panel of two local peace and climate change activists, Linda Pentz Gunter of Beyond Nuclear, and Ted Conwell of Climate First! Inc., and Steve Michelson, President and Executive Producer of Specialty Studios/Video Project. The filmmakers, Alice and Lincoln Day, moderated the discussion.
The short films opening with What We Are Leaving Behind in Iraq and closing with Forging a New Ethic, represent a progression from the despair felt about the toxic environment the Iraq war has left behind to the hope that real change is possible through creating alternatives to military force and building a new ethic of interdependence with the natural world.