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Safeguarding Boulder's Birds of Prey

"Safeguarding Boulder's Birds of Prey"

By Megan King: "Safeguarding Boulder's Birds of Prey" tells the story of Delyn Drake, a second-year raptor monitor for the City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department, monitors peregrine falcons. Through participating in this program, she has gained a better understanding and a new appreciation for the seasonal raptor closures enacted by OSMP to protect nesting habitat for local birds of prey.

Beekeeper

"Beekeeper"

By Crystal Solberg: A short documentary that follows the story of one mans adventures caring for bees.

All About Birds

"All About Birds"

By Ashley Holmes: A short documentary that explores the multiple ways a passion can present itself, from art to activism.

Power in Numbers

"Power in Numbers"

By Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath: Power in Numbers demonstrates how a network of homeowners in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia educate and empower themselves by building a community to equip their homes with alternative, solar energy panels.

Harbinger,

"Harbinger" (trailer)

By Sam Sheline: In the mid 2000s, the deadly chytrid fungus pushed many of Panama's unique amphibians to the brink of extinction. Golden frogs are the country's national animal, a talisman of good luck, and extinct in the wild. Biologist Edgardo Griffith saved the beloved frogs and then had to come to terms with losing them in the wild. There may still be hope for the country's largest salamander, which comes out on the slopes of the country's tallest volcano on rainy nights. Although a new threat looms on the horizon for the salamander, and many see amphibian extinctions around the world as a warning of more mass extinctions to come.

Borneo's Vanishing Tribes

"Borneo's Vanishing Tribes" Deforestation Trailer & Dayak Trailer

By Kent Wagner: For thousands of years the Dayak tribes of Borneo have depended upon the rainforests which surround them. Today deforestation, due to logging, mining and industrial palm oil cultivation, is erasing those ancient forests. As the forests disappear the Dayak are vanishing with them.

Vey nou Lagon

"Vey nou Lagon"

By Vanina Harel: Vey nou Lagon is an inspirational film that follows Georgie, a traditional artisanal fisherman and his family as they tell us the story of the Mauritian lagoons and show us the current state of the ocean.

Saba the Unspoiled Queen

"Saba: The Unspoiled Queen"

By Nick Zachar: Saba: The Unspoiled Queen is a short documentary showcasing an island nation that should be looked upon by the rest of the world as a model of conservation excellence. The passion that the island's residents have for their natural treasures and the lengths they go to protect the resources that support their livelihood is inspiring. Come along as we meet a few Sabans who will show us the incredible beauty that the island has to offer both above and below the waves.

Image from Musecology trailer by Shannon Lawrence

"Musecology"

By Shannon Lawrence: Musecology is a documentary exploring the intersection of music and the environment through the lens of string instruments and the woods used to make them, known as tonewoods. Adults and children around the globe have enjoyed music through violin-family instruments including violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. Nowadays, tonewoods are increasingly hard to obtain due to species endangerment and poor timber regulations. Our treasured musical sound starts with a seed. Are we at risk of losing our music and culture in these falling forests?

kenya savanna

"Kenya Hidaya"

In the vast savannas of Kenya, the animals live in solemn ceremony with the wilderness. Through life, death, and rebirth, the fragile pulse of nature reverberates.

seal

"Marine Debris: An Ocean Story"

This music video of sorts highlights the cleanup and restoration efforts of the NOAA Marine Debris Program

farming forward

"Farming Forward" 

For decades, agricultural run-off from farms has been a source of criticism by environmental groups concerned about the health of the Chesapeake Bay. However, with the guidance of scientists, environmentalists, and the general public, farmers are beginning to make broad changes in agriculture to address the water quality and longevity of the delicate resource. Meet two farmers and several experts on this issue as they describe how Maryland agriculture is farming forward.

wolfgang obst

"A Week in the Wild with Wolfgang" 

A film by Monique Lyons - A story about eight students who spend a week in the wild with award winning wildlife filmmaker Wolfgang Obst.

river

"A Convenient Truth" 

"A Convenient Truth" was the first runer-up in the 2008 Environmental Film Festival sponsored by the Montgomery County Public Schools, Discover the World of Communication, the Center for Environmental Filmmaking and AFI.

oyster

"The Oyster's Decline"

The Oyster's Decline was the winner of the 2008 Environmental Film Festival sponsored by the Montgomery County Public Schools, Discover the World of Communication, the Center for Environmental Filmmaking and AFI.

anacostia

"The Forgotten River: Cleaning up the Anacostia"

September 20th, 2008 was International Coastal Cleanup Day. Join volunteers as they partner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Ocean Conservancy to clean up the Anacostia River in the Nation's Capitol!

alaska rocks

"Alaska Rocks"

Join American University's "Classroom in the Wild: Alaska 2008" for a journey up and down Alaska's rocky crags with HD cameras.

glacier

"Glacier's Melt"

A meditation on the possibility of romantic love in the North during an era of global climate change.

SOC CEF Ocean for Life Sunset

"Sunset"

Students explore the ocean and its sense of place to them. Shot along the northern California coast.

SOC CEF Ocean for Life Interconnectedness

 "Interconnectedness"

Students discover the symbiotic relationships in the ocean - and among themselves! Shot along the northern California coast.

SOC CEF Ocean for Life Sense of Place

"A Sense of Place"

Students describe their own "sense of place" and connect themselves to the environment they explore. Shot entirely by high school students in the Florida Keys and edited by graduate students at American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

SOC CEF Oceans for Life Family for Life

"Family for Life"

Students explore their intercultural sharing and common connection to the ocean. Shot entirely by high school students in the Florida Keys and edited by graduate students at American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

SOC CEF Ocean for Life Stewardship

"Ocean Stewardship"

Students reflect on the importance of environmental stewardship across many cultures. Shot entirely by high school students in the Florida Keys and edited by graduate students at American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

SOC CEF Ocean for Life Ocean Melody

"Ocean Melody"

Students reflect on the importance of environmental stewardship across many cultures. Shot along the northern California coast.

Public Service Announcements

Tap Water PSA 

It seems like there is so much information about bottled water these days. But what about tap water? As a part of the Take Back the Tap movement, this PSA was produced for the I Heart Tap Water Student Video Contest.

Plastic Bag PSA 

Garbage Nap PSA
Nothing like a nap on the beach. Never mind all the debris that's washed up on the shore.

Endangered Species Coalition PSA

Watch films produced by students working with SOC’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking

  • Films made my Professor Sandy Cannon-Brown with Center Scholars and students
  • NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries: Small Boat Program 2013
    Center Faculty: Sandy Cannon-Brown
    Sarah Gulick '13 Center Scholar  

    Sarah provided post-production magic for a 3:00 spot promoting NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries Small Boat Boat Program. Sandy produced the program.

    Guardians of the Everglades 2012
    Center Faculty: Sandy Cannon-Brown
    Sarah Gulick '13 CEF Scholar
    Helenah Swedberg '12 Center Scholar  

    Sarah and Helenah traveled with Sandy to Florida to produce a promotional video, Guardians of the Everglades, which accompanies a traveling art exhibition of the same name to honor everyday heroes who have committed their lives to the protection and conservation of the Everglades.

    Queen Anne Conservation Association 2012
    Center Faculty: Chris Palmer; Sandy Cannon-Brown
    Helenah Swedberg '12 Center Scholar
    Amanda Winkler '12
    Zach Drescher '12 

    Helenah, Zach and Amanda worked with Sandy to produce TV spots against county referenda to allow "Big Box" stores and development that would overcrowd county schools in Queen Anne's County, MD . The referenda were defeated!

  • Films nominated at the Annual Visions Festival at American University
  • Other films
  • Farm to Table Movement by Aditi Desai

  • Center Vimeo website
  • Center YouTube website