At the WNC Environmental Film Festival hosted by ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization, audience members will get the opportunity to view both Hendersonville and world premieres of important films. Green Fire, a Hendersonville premiere, is the first film to document conservation hero, Aldo Leopold’s life who viewed conservation as the method of building a community that cares both about its people and its land. Leopold experienced a life-changing event early on when his hunter’s bullet struck a wolf and he watched the green fire disappear from his eyes. From then on, he embarked on a life-long mission of putting conservation to action through his notion of creating a “land ethic.” The film will be featured at the film festival on Friday October 12th along with a new short film What Would Darwin Think?, which speaks to what’s happening with the Galapagos Islands. The films will be followed with a panel discussion featuring some of our own local environmental heroes.
On Saturday, October 13th, attendees will be treated to the World Premiere of Unacceptable Levels which looks at the food we eat, the products we use and the resultant 80,000 chemicals that have been unleashed into our environment which have been attributed to major public health and safety problems. Filmmaker Ed Brown takes the audience on his personal journey to help us understand how we can become agents for change in our community. Also featured on Saturday night is Nourish: food + community, which vividly illustrates how what we choose to eat – individually and as a society – has an effect around the world, and how making more wholesome choices can improve the health of the environment, our communities and ourselves.
In addition to great films, each night will culminate in discussions led by local experts. Great snack food and drinks will be available for sale as well. ECO’s Environmental Film Festival is scheduled for Friday evening October 12th and Saturday evening October 13th. Doors open each night at 6:00 PM and films start at 6:30 PM at the Hendersonville Little Theater on 229 South Washington Street in Hendersonville. The festival is a fundraiser and educational opportunity offered by ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization.
For more information on the ECO Environmental Film Festival contact ECO at 692-0385. Tickets can be ordered online at www.eco-wnc.org.