Monday, April 20, 2015

Environmental Film Series to Continue May 4, 2015

The kick-off of The Elements: An Annual Environmental Film Series was a great success, with our first film,  Elemental, drawing over 60 people for an inspiring night out at the movies. This new environmental film series, launched on March 30, 2015, is sponsored by the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, the Middlesex Community College Environmental Science Program, The Rockfall Foundation, and Wesleyan University's College of the Environment and Center for the Arts. The screenings are open to the public and free of charge.

Our second film, WATERSHED, will be shown on May 4, 2015 at 7 pm at Chapman Hall on the campus of Middlesex Community College in Middletown, located at 100 Training Hill Road. WATERSHED is executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford, and has received numerous awards. Using the Colorado River as an example of issues facing rivers around the world, the film tells the story of threats to the "once-mighty Colorado River, now dammed and diverted and struggling to support 30 million people." It offers solutions for "meeting the competing interests of cities, agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife and indigenous communities with rights to the waters...and the future of the American West." In the film we learn about competing demands and uses from a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, a Colorado rancher, a Delta restoration worker, a Navajo Council member, a Colorado mayor, a Los Angeles native, and a group of Outward Bound teens rafting down the Colorado River, who all reflect on how a new water ethic can result in coexisting with enough for all.

Refreshments will be served, and there will be time for informal discussion after the film. We hope you can join us! If you have questions, please contact the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District office, 860-346-3282.

WATERSHED is being shown in conjunction with Wesleyan University's Riverfront Encounter festival, which will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 12-5 pm on the Connecticut River at Harbor Park in Middletown, CT. For more information, including a schedule of activities, go to the festival event page on the Wesleyan University website.


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