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Past Highlights

Film Series

The center showcases important new films, celebrated filmmakers and important environmental communicators every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in AU’s Forman Theater. Topics have spanned the industry, from Whale Wars, the role of humor in environmental activism, the Chesapeake Bay, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to the crisis facing our oceans. Speakers include top executives and filmmakers from organizations such as National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet, Friends of the Earth, and the Earth Conservation Corps. 

Here are highlights from Spring 2016:

Photo: Michael Cascio

(Photo: Jeff Watts)

Reality TV, Garbage Juice and Me - Michael Cascio

How I became a successful media executive by picking up trash and watching TV. Facts, truth, and the digital revolution: The more things change, the more they become a series on Netflix. Lessons from a documentary life at A&E, NBC, Animal Planet, National Geographic . . . and cleaning up backstage at Wolf Trap.


Protesters march against the building of Disney's America just outside of the Nation's Capital.

Photo by Ken Garrett.

When Mickey Came to Town

Twenty-two years ago, Disney thought they could impose an unwanted American History theme park on the people of central Virginia. Disney thought people wanted white-washed history with rollercoasters and battle recreations. They thought people wouldn't notice their plans for a massive development project of apartments, hotels and golf courses. They thought people wouldn't notice the project's impacts on traffic, sprawl and the environment. They thought wrong. Directed by Sam Sheline. Produced by American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Prince Charitable Trusts. Producer Sam Sheline, Director of Photography Tony Azios, Editor Adam Lee. Executive Producers: Chris Palmer, Kristin Pauly.  


Students film their subject on a boat.

Chesapeake Footsoldiers

This documentary—conceived, written, produced, shot, directed, and edited by students in Environmental & Wildlife Production (COMM 568)—will air during Maryland Public Television’s Chesapeake Bay Week in April. Chesapeake Footsoldiers tells the stories of unsung heroes who work to confront some of the Bay’s biggest ongoing challenges, from replenishing historically low oyster stocks, to stopping chronic nutrient pollution that limits the Chesapeake Bay’s recovery.