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SMCM April Film Series Focuses on Environmental Battles

First One Screens April 5
March 16, 2010
Press Release #10-047

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Films on the environment will be the focus of the Third Annual Film Series sponsored by the Theater, Film, and Media Studies Department (TFMS) of St. Mary's College of Maryland this April. Each Monday, April 5, 12, and19, starting at 8:15 p.m., an internationally acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker will screen his film in Cole Cinema of the Campus Center and then discuss it with the audience. The series will explore a range of environmental issues, including environmental displacement, environmental racism, built environments and social activism, and dependence and sustainability. This film series is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.smcm.edu/tfms/season20092010.html.

The schedule:

Scott Hamilton Kennedy's "The Garden"
8:15 p.m., Monday, April 5

A former theater artist and DJ, Kennedy began his film/video career as a director of music videos, making several top internationally aired videos, including Jimmy Cliff's remake of "I Can See Clearly Now." He has worked as a film/video director with Showtime, CBS, and AMC. Kennedy will show his 2009 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, "The Garden," a film that documents the struggles of Latino/a farmers in South Central Los Angeles to keep their 14-acre community garden, the largest urban garden in the U.S., from repossession and land development. The film won Best Documentary at the prestigious AFI Silverdocs Film Festival and was the official selection at the L.A. Film Festival. DVDs of "The Garden" will be available for sale, as well as for a signing with the filmmaker following the film.

Yung Chang's "Up the Yangtze"
8:15 p.m., Monday, April 12
A Chinese-Canadian filmmaker based in Montreal, Chang earned a degree in film production from Concordia University and graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. Chang will screen and discuss his first feature-length, award-winning documentary, "Up the Yangtze," a film that documents a peasant family forced to negotiate the historic changes caused by the construction of the world's largest hydroelectric mega-dam, the Three Gorges Dam, China's biggest engineering endeavor since the Great Wall.

Wolfgang Widerhofer's "Our Daily Bread"
8:15 p.m., Monday, April 19
A Vienna-based Austrian filmmaker, Widerhofer has worked as a producer, director, screenwriter, and editor collaborating with director Nikolaus Geyrhalter since 1994 with the film "Washed Ashore." Widerhofer will be screening the 2005 documentary "Our Daily Bread," a film that explores the world of European industrial food production.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.