On Thursday, Sept. 19, the American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) presents two blocks of exceptional conservation-focused films and a festive reception at Shenandoah University’s Halpin-Harrison Hall!
Films include 2017 and 2018 ACFF award-winners and audience favorites about everything from citizen activism and climate change to the moon and the set of ecology “rules” that govern all life.
“Best of Fest” runs from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., screening one short and one feature film from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and two shorts and one feature from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with a 45-minute reception held between the film blocks.
After taking in the “Best of Fest” at Shenandoah, be sure to check out the 2019 ACFF on Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The 2019 ACFF presents more than 35 conservation-focused films with related programming, hosts award-winning filmmakers and conservation experts, and holds a filmmaker workshop. 2019 marks the 17th season of the festival, the only one of its kind in the tri-state area.
The “Best of Fest” at Shenandoah is free, but attendees are encouraged to register at Eventbrite.
“We are thrilled to share some of our most compelling and beautiful films with the Shenandoah University and Winchester communities and hope this is the first of many opportunities to partner in bringing entertaining, informative, and interactive programming with a conservation focus to the area.”
Jennifer Lee | ACFF Executive Director
“Best of Fest” at Shenandoah Schedule
September 19 | 5 – 6 pm
1 short, 1 feature
The Discarded: A Tale of Two Rios (19 minutes) | 2017 Short Film Award Winner
The stories of local people in Rio de Janeiro who are fighting for a better, more dignified way of life, starting with cleaning up the trash and the Bay.
Disobedience (41 minutes) | 2017 Green Fire Award Winner
A fast-paced film from award winning filmmaker Kelly Nyks on the powerful movement coming together across the globe to defend our planet from fossil fuels and climate change and the profound legacy of civil disobedience that has inspired these courageous activists to action.
September 19 | 6 – 6:45 pm
Reception with snacks and beverages
September 19 | 6:45 – 8:30 pm
2 shorts, 1 feature
A New View of the Moon (3 minutes) | 2018 Festival Favorite
A delightful short film about two guys who take a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon.
Calm, Quiet Strength (4 minutes) | 2018 Local Interest
A dignified and poignant tribute by a 200-year-old witness to American history: an Appalachian Mountain tulip poplar tree.
The Serengeti Rules (84 minutes) – 2018 Green Fire Award Winner
Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle, from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. This film has won multiple festival awards and was recently picked up for widespread distribution.
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