By Evan J. Berkowitz
The quest to bring water to a Haitian village, the Maldives' struggle not to be swallowed by the sea and an environmentalist who bids to own an oilfield will be some of the offerings this Saturday at the fifth annual Boston Enviro-Film Festival.
Hosted by the non-profit “e” inc., a Charlestown-based environment, science and action organization, the 6 feature films and 24 shorts is a departure from the small, fundraising-centered festivals the organization has held before. Shown throughout the day at various locations in Boston, tickets are $5. Films address water, energy, wildlife preservation, climate change and other themes.
‘“e” inc. is primarily an education organization,’ says executive director Ricky Stern. Instead of sending a call out to environmental filmmakers soliciting films, she attended the environment film festival in Washington, D.C. and selected films that those organizers and Stern thought “would be a beacon of interest to audiences here” in Boston.
La Source, a Haitian film chronicling two brothers’ quest to bring water to their village, will be shown at the Charlestown Navy Yard at noon. Bidder 70, which deals with one young man’s activism against turning land in Utah into an oilfield is being shown at 11 a.m. at Atlantic Wharf (near South Station), as is Switch, a documentary film about our planet's energy at 3 p.m.
At 11 a.m., the Goethe Institute in Back Bay is showing The Island President, a climate change film profiling the struggle of the Maldivian President to prevent his island nation from being over-washed.
At noon in Castle Square in the South End, Mark Kitchell, director of A Fierce Green Fire - which tells the history of modern environmentalism - will answer audience questions after his film is shown.
A representative from the Audubon Society will speak following the 3 p.m. screening of Birders: The Central Park Effect, a documentary presenting the relationship between urban residents and wildlife being shown at the Prudential Center.
All six films are bookended by environment-related shorts, some funny and others serious, according to Stern. In addition to the question-and-answer presentations some venues will give tours of their new, ‘green’ buildings to interested visitors. At the Atlantic Wharf location, Boloco Burrito fast food restaurant will give a discount to any festival-goers who eat there after the films are shown.
“The reason to do anything in our organization is to create activism,” Stern says. “e” inc. works extensively with schools to promote environmentalism.
“The movies allow [the organization] to reach an adult audience ... and say to them: see where you can make a difference.’”
For more information, directions, trailers and screening times go to http://www.e-action.us
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