February 11, 2013


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center's spring Green Screens film series begins with the film, "Chasing Ice," on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre. Admission to the film is $2 per person. The Campus Theatre is located at 413 Market Street in Lewisburg.

Directed by Jeff Orlowski, the film follows photographer James Balog's Extreme Ice Survey, an assignment for National Geographic in 2012, in which Balog and assistants battled untested technology in subzero conditions to document melting glaciers in the northern hemisphere over a period of three years.

Using time-lapse photography, Balog and his team captured striking images that ultimately compress years into seconds and show ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. The documentary, its makers say, provides a first-hand look at the results of global climate change.

A panel discussion will follow the film screening, moderated by Peter Wilshusen, who is the David and Patricia Ekedahl Professor of Environmental Studies at Bucknell and the executive director of the Environmental Center.

"Chasing Ice" has won 23 awards at film festivals around the world, including Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary from the Sundance Film Festival and the Environmental Media Association's 22nd annual Best Documentary award.

Other films scheduled in the Green Screens series are:

March 5: "The Island President," a 2011 documentary by Jon Shenk, relates the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives. After bringing democracy to the Maldives, Nasheed faced an even greater challenge: a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1,200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. "The Island President" captures Nasheed's first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. On Feb. 7, 2012, Nasheed resigned under the threat of violence in a coup d'etat. A panel discussion, moderated by Peter Wilshusen, will follow the film screening.

April 2: "Black Gold," a 2006 documentary directed by Marc and Nick Francis, explores the international coffee trade and its ramifications for Ethiopian coffee farmers. The film includes footage of the New York Board of Trade, scenes shot at the first Starbucks and the World Barista Championship at the 2005 Specialty Coffee Association of America conference in Seattle, and at a café and the Illy coffee company in Trieste, Italy. These scenes stand in stark contrast to the footage of the impoverished conditions faced by the farmers and their families. A pre-film reception featuring fair-trade products will begin at 7 p.m.

April 23: "Burning in the Sun," a 2010 documentary by Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson, relates the story of 26-year-old Daniel Dembélé who returns to his homeland in Mali to start a local business building solar panels, the first of its kind in the sun-drenched nation. Dina El-Mogazi, director of the BUEC Campus Greening Initiative, will lead a post-screening discussion.

In a related event, a Renewable Energy Workshop will be held at Bucknell on April 27. More details will be forthcoming.

For more information, see www.bucknell.edu/x2250.xml, email environmental.center@bucknell.edu or call the Environmental Center at 570-577-1490.

Contact: Division of Communications