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Environmental Film Series Concludes with Submitted Films

March 23, 2016 – The Clarke University Environmental Film Series will conclude on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall with a unique format.

In this session, finalists in the environmental film contest will be shown. Directors from around the world competed in both filmmaking and the strength of the environmental message of the film. 

“The results were inspiring and amazingly diverse — documentaries, live-action dramas, animated films,” said Clarke Professor of Biology Andrea Bixler, who organized the contest.

Six submissions will be shown, for an approximately 90-minute program. Winning the $200 prize for top film was “Beneath Wallace’s Line,” by Nicholas and Cheryl Dean, of Encinitas, Calif. This film beautifully highlights the underwater treasures of the “coral triangle” in Indonesia, which are increasingly subjected to conservation threats. Other films that will be shown on April 7 are:

  ·  “Nature Needs You,” Mark Pearce, of Victoria, Australia. While industrial resource developments continue to put at risk our natural significance, people in Australia are standing their ground for nature.

  ·  “No Jile,” Carolina Davila, of Caracas, Venezuela. In Venezuela, “No Jile” translates roughly to “Don’t mess it up.” This film is a moving portrait of an old man forced to leave his home as a climate refugee.

>> View the trailer

  ·  “Sharing the Secrets,” Drew Perlmutter, of Winter Park, Fla.. Described as “A film millions of years in the making,” this filmshows the special ecosystems and conservation issues of caves.

  ·  “Message in a Bottle,” Daniel Schmidt, of Colorado. Photographer James Balog from the film “Chasing Ice” (shown as part of the film series) embarks on a new quest – understanding climate change.

>> View the trailer

  ·  “Refugees,” Olga Guse, of Dresden, Germany. Global warming, environmental disasters and wars make all the inhabitants of earth potential refugees.

>> View the trailer

The Environmental Film Series is open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for a “people’s choice award.”

Clarke partnered with several area agencies to present the Film Series – Dubuque Food Co-op, Green Dubuque, Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, Dubuque County Conservation Board and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Individuals from several of these agencies, in addition to Clarke faculty, staff and others, generously donated their time to help judge the film contest entries.

Clarke University received a grant funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) to present the film series. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources REAP CEP grant will also help Clarke introduce its new Environmental Studies major. REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resources, projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more.

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