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LCE Film Festival

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The University of Delaware's First Environmental Film Festival

Friday, February 21, through Sunday, February 23, 2014
Mitchell Hall — directions

11 films, 2 directors + 1 student video competition
Three days of unexpected laughs, stunning images, inspiring people, and provocative ideas

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences Environmental Humanities Program
and the Delaware Environmental Institute

Listen here to the festival's coordinator, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair in Environment Adam Rome, discussing the festival on WVUD's Campus Voices radio program.

We are pleased to announce that everyone who attends at least one film at the festival will receive a coupon for 20% off lunch or dinner at Caffé Gelato on Main Street in Newark from Feb. 21-24. Thanks to Caffé Gelato for helping to sustain our film fans!


Admission to all films is free. No tickets or reservations needed.

This schedule may still be subject to some slight adjustments. Please check back to confirm showtimes before attending. Note that film running times in minutes are listed in parentheses — there will be a five-minute introduction and approximately 30 minutes of discussion following each film.

Doors will open 20 minutes before the first film of each session. There will be approximately 15 minutes of change-over time between each film. If you arrive in the middle of a film or discussion, please consider sitting in the balcony until the change-over to avoid disturbing others in the audience.

During the afternoon sessions, light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase in the lobby of Mitchell Hall. Please enjoy these refreshments between films in the lobby -- food and drinks are not permitted in the auditorium.

Click on the links below to visit official film websites and view trailers. Click here to download a pdf version of the festival program.

Friday afternoon – "The World's First Toxic Comedy" and a breathtaking documentary about climate change.

2:00 — Blue Vinyl, (97), moderated by McKay Jenkins, English 
4:30 — Chasing Ice, (75), moderated by Jon Cox, Art

Friday night – Director John Fiege will be present to talk about his forthcoming documentary on grassroots opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.

7:00 —Above All Else, moderated by Adam Rome, History and English.

This film will be premiering in its entirety at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, this spring. John Fiege will be presenting and discussing various clips and portions of the film giving us a unique first look at the filmmaker's creative process.

Saturday afternoon – Three documentaries about nature in cities: a garden, a lost river, and a birder's paradise.

12:00 — The Garden, (80), moderated by Annette Giesecke, Classics, Foreign Languages and Literatures
2:00 — Rock the Boat, (54), moderated by Jerry Kauffman, Director of the Water Resources Agency, Public Policy and Administration
3:30 — Birders: The Central Park Effect, (59), moderated by Daniel Callahan, History

Saturday night – Director Ian Cheney talks about his documentary on what we lose when we can't see the night sky.

7:00 —The City Dark, (83), moderated by Sandy Isenstadt, Architecture, Art History

Sunday afternoon – What kind of species are we? Three documentaries that will make you think about human nature. 

12:00 — Grizzly Man (104)
2:30 — Project Nim (93)
4:30 — Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (82)

All films in this session moderated by Tom Powers, Philosophy, and Director, Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy

Sunday night – A documentary about one family's extreme experiment in eco-living and student visions of the green life.

7:00 — No Impact Man, (93), moderated by Becky Brontstein, Chair of the DENIN Student Programs Committee
9:00 — "Dare To Be Green" Student Video Competition Award Winners