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SERC Home School Documentaries, Based on the Ecosystems on the Edge Video Series, Are Now Available

Turning Science Students into Filmmakers

The completed video projects of the home school students in the SERC “Ecosystems on the Edge Documentary Class” are now available online, with the exception of one video that will be posted on March 5th. Please visit SERC’s “Shorelines Blog” to read the article and watch their videos. They did a great job!


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American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF)

at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Friday, September 20th, 7-9:30 pm


Schmidt Center (a second showing will be at McDaniel College Hill Hall Room 108 on September 27th)

Featured Films Will Be:

Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle, (both locations), last year’s runner up for both the ACFF Green Fire Award and Audience Choice Award. This film is the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic tale of the battle over one of America’s largest clean energy project, 130 wind turbines in fabled Nantucket Sound. Cape Spin! tells the incredible tale of how America’s first proposed offshore wind farm triggered a schism in this idyllic coastal region, pitting neighbor against neighbor and environmentalist against environmentalist. (86 minutes) Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay, (SERC only), a runner-up for Best Student Film, explores the far-reaching impact of menhaden through the eyes of the men who love this stinky, oily fish for what it contributes to their livelihood, to their heritage, and to the health of Chesapeake Bay. (27 minutes) The Last Iceman of Chimborazo, (McDaniel only), by Gabriela Lozada Pozo, last year’s winner of the ACFF Best Student Film Award. This short documentary is a portrait of Baltazar Ushca, a 68-year-old Kichua Indian who lives in a small Ecuadorian village next to the volcano Chimborazo. Deep in the volcano is hidden an ingredient that people attribute healing and sacred powers. Baltazar is the last man on earth who knows how to find it. (12 minutes) Ecosystems on the Edge, (SERC only), an exploration of the coastal zone narrated by SERC ecologists. 70 percent of the world’s people live on the coasts. Even more rely on them for food and protection. But our shorelines are threatened—by pollution, invasive species and climate change. Now they are hanging on the edge of either disaster, or recovery. This is the first of a 15-part video series available online (7 minutes)

About ACFF

The American Conservation Film Festival is an annual event held in Shepherdstown, WV, a vibrant arts community 70 miles west of Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. ACFF features films from a diverse group of conservation filmmakers from around the world. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization addresses conservation through the lens of film, providing a platform for education and dialogue about more sustainable ways to live.  By presenting outstanding conservation films ACFF programming promotes solutions to pressing conservation issues, respect for world’s natural and cultural heritage and passion for conserving our resources.  Since 2003, the Festival has screened some 300 films to 29,000 audience members, and has inspired countless individuals and organizations to help make the transformation toward better ways to live, work, and play. More information can be found at www.conservationfilm.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. CAN YOU HELP WITH A DONATION OF CLASSROOM SUPPLIES? As a public education center SERC runs through some serious school supplies. Can you help with a donation? Here are a few things we need:

  • No 2. Pencils
  • Ink Pens
  • Erasers
  • Permanent Markers
  • Construction Paper
  • Colored Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Rulers
  • Meter Sticks
  • Masking tape
  • Duct tape
  • Goo Gone (orange)
  • Ink Pads (all colors)
  • Laminating pouches (8 1/2 x 11)
  • Bird Seed and Suet Cakes
  • Kid’s Puzzles, games, dinosaurs, puppets etc. for our children’s play area
  • Children’s sweat pants, adjustable pants, universal shirts (for kids that go into the water or have accidents)

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