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The 12th Annual Spring 2017 Film Series

An SOC Signature Series — created and hosted by Chris Palmer. The event is free and open to the public – no reservations required.

Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater - 2nd Floor, McKinley Building, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017
Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU
For more information, please contact:
Chris Palmer (202) 885-3408 or

Humane Society of the United States Logo

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 at 7 pm; 6:30 pm Food and Drink

Storytelling and Animal Protection with HSUS

If you like animal videos, we've got an evening for you! Chad Sisneros is the Managing Director of the Creative Department at The Humane Society of the United States, with 20 years of experience shooting, editing, and campaigning for animal protection.  Through a camera lens, his teams have supported many of HSUS's largest campaigns against factory farming, puppy mills, dog fighting, and the Canada seal hunt, just to name a few. The strength of their video storytelling is one of the main drivers of their campaign success at HSUS. Come and watch some amazing animal stories!


EFF Executive Director, Maryanne Culpepper.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 at 7 pm; 6:30 pm Food and Drink **Part of SOC Week**

Highlights from the 2017 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (EFF), March 14-26

EFF is the largest and longest running environmental film festival in the country and will present 150+ films to provide fresh perspectives on our planet and a wide variety of environmental issues. The films will explore wildlife, outdoor adventure, freshwater and oceans, food and agriculture, energy and resources, sustainable living, and the built environment. Join Festival Executive Director Maryanne Culpepper for a sneak peek at some of the most exciting new films to be shown during the 25th anniversary festival.

Note: the March 21-24 events below are all part of Washington D.C.'s Environmental Film Festival

Photo of Chris Palmer, Shooting in the Wild

TUESDAY, MARCH, 21 at 7 pm; 6:30 pm Food and Drink

An Evening with Chris Palmer - The Most Important Food Films of All Time

Founder and Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, School of Communication, American University.

Film producer Chris Palmer describes the best food films of all time, illustrating his remarks with compelling clips. He will also screen the winners of this year's Eco-Comedy Video Competition, co-sponsored by AU's Center for Environmental Filmmaking and The Nature Conservancy.


Four Pictures from Student Short Films


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 at 7:00 pm


Come and watch some fascinating and entertaining films made by top film students. Professor Chris Palmerwill lead an entertaining and interactive session with the audience and the filmmakers on why and how these films are made. This event builds on EFF's latest initiative, led by Arjumand Hamid, director of Educational Outreach, to become an educational resource for students of all backgrounds and ages. Followed by a discussion with the student filmmakers.

Co-sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking and School of Communication


Brandon and Lance Kramer

Thursday, MARCH 23 at 7 pm

Ok, I've Watched the Film, Now What?

An Impact Filmmaking Panel with Experts in the Field. Film clips and panel discussion, hosted and moderated by Chris Palmer.

How do we produce films that make a difference? This session, illustrated with clips of inspiring films, explores the ways we can turn films into action, at both the policy and personal levels. Our top panelists will address the challenges of producing films that have a tangible and measurable impact on their audiences and society.

Panelists: Award-winning filmmakers Samira Goetschel, Ellie Walton, Brandon Kramer, and Lance Kramer.

At The Fork

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 at 7 pm; 6:30 pm Food and drink supplied by Whole Foods

At The Fork (2016, 94 minutes) plus Discussion

Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk and baby-back rib. What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America's farmers — real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food.

Discussion, moderated by Chris Palmer, with top executives from The Humane Society of the United States and from Whole Foods, follows screening. 


Image of the Potomac River

TUESDAY, MARCH 28 at 7 pm

Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water (2016, 26 minutes) plus Discussion

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. Keeping the Potomac examines efforts of three local river keepers to hold polluters accountable along the Potomac River watershed.

Created by Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath, Anthony Brunner, Doaa Nour, Sam Sheline, Raffi Paul, Sarah Liebman, Kent Wagner, Chelsea Greene and Xinyi Song, and by American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking, in association with Maryland Public Television.

Panel discussion, hosted by Professor Chris Palmer, follows screenings. Panelists include student filmmakers and Professor Mike English, who taught the Center for Environmental Filmmaking class where Keeping the Potomac was produced for Maryland Public Television.