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The 12th Annual Fall 2016 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

Photo of Discovery Learning Alliance

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 at 7 pm; 6:30 pm Food and Drink

Discovery Learning Alliance - Using the Power of Media for Social Change

Media can be an effective tool for shaping public dialogue while changing individual and group behavior. In order to make a lasting impact in classrooms and communities in the developing world, Discovery Communications established a nonprofit, Discovery Learning Alliance. DLA President, Aric Noboa, will show how this organization is using media to transform education and improve lives in marginalized communities across Africa and beyond. From scripted movies to educational videos to primetime talk shows, he will share clips and describe the process they use to find the right media tools to affect lasting social impact. 


Beth Hoppe

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 at 7 pm; 6:30 pm Food and Drink

PBS - The Best Things In Life Are Free

In a rapidly changing industry, remaining relevant has become harder than ever and winning over viewers has never been more challenging. Despite this disruption, PBS remains strong. The last few years have seen PBS return to original American drama with Mercy Street, enter a co-production agreement with the BBC, position itself as the home for independent film, and grow from the 12th most watched in primetime to the 5th most watched among all networks. Get a sneak peek of what’s to come from the country’s most prominent provider of public television content, and join Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and GM of General Audience Programming, as she discusses how taking risks and experimenting, while remaining committed to PBS’ mission, have made it possible.

Jennifer Shoemaker

TUESDAY, OCTOBER, 18 at 7 pm; 6:30 pm Food and Drink

Entertainment with a Conservation Mission

Jennifer Shoemaker a science communicator and visual storyteller with twenty years of experience interpreting science and conservation through television shows, digital video, and live event media. She is the Senior Director of the Visual Storytelling Team at Conservation International, where she recently completed a virtual reality film about the Amazon rainforest. Prior to Conservation International, she was a television producer and Director of Science and Exploration Media at National Geographic. She has also worked as an Earth science video producer NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and created the National Park Service's first video podcasts while working at Yellowstone National Park. Her video work builds upon a previous career as a park ranger at a number of parks across the American West, including Yosemite and Rocky Mountain national parks. Jennifer will talk about her filmmaking career and show many clips of her work.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 at 7 pm; 6:30 pm Food and Drink

Before The Flood Screening (2016, 93 minutes) plus Q&A

Pre-premier screenings of Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic’s new documentary Before The Flood. The film is a call to action on climate change as it follows DiCaprio around the globe to bear witness to a changing climate and meet with experts on what must be done to save an inhabitable planet. The filmmakers and parties involved believe the film will help to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the globe. Subjects of the film include: Leonardo DiCaprio, President Barack Obama, Former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis. The focus is what must be done today to transition our economic and political systems into environmentally friendly institutions. This is a special screening of the film before the film’s official premier on the National Geographic channel October 31, 2016. Bob Dreher, Senior Vice President of Conservation Programs at Defenders of Wildlife will answer questions after the screening.

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Classroom in the Wild - Film Screening and Q&A

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 at 7:00 pm

6:30 pm - Reception
7:00 pm - Filmscreening followed by Q&A

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

Come and hear first-hand accounts from students about their extraordinary experiences during Classroom in the Wild in the Chesapeake Bay. Vanina Harel, who co-led the Chesapeake Bay course, will attend and lead the presentation and Q&As. Through photos and videos by the students themselves, you will learn more about this unique experiential learning course, as well as future opportunities to practice environmental filmmaking in Classroom in the Wild in 2017.

Co-sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking