Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sneak peek: African Cats in New Haven

NEW HAVEN —There will be a special advance screening of the Disneynature film, “African Cats,” about the adventures of three lions in one of the wildest places on Earth on April 3 as part of the third annual Environmental Film Festival at Yale.

The film, which is narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, will be shown at 11 a.m. at the BowTie Criterion Theater at 86 Temple St., according to a release.

The film features Mara, a lion cub who struggles to grow up in the shadow of her mother; Sitah, a cheetah and mother of five newborns; and Fang, who must defend his family from a rival lion.

Watch a preview here:

The movie will premiere worldwide in theaters on Earth Day, April 22.

The festival ends April 3, and all screenings and events are free. Panel discussions with filmmakers and Yale faculty will be held after each film. Screenings will take place at the Whitney Humanities Center at 53 Wall St., unless otherwise noted. Visit for more information.

- March 25, EFFY is co-sponsoring the premiere of “Journey of the Universe,” a documentary about the connection between humanity, Earth and the cosmos. The film is produced by Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-director of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, and will be shown simultaneously in Kroon Hall and Sage Hall at 7 p.m. It will also be shown at 1 p.m. Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Peabody Museum and at 5:30 p.m. in Kroon Hall.

- March 28: An Oscar-nominated documentary about an artist who collaborates with garbage pickers at the world’s largest landfill in Rio de Janiero will be show.

In “Waste Land,” artist Vik Muniz works with an eclectic band of trash pickers, to create art that will ultimately transform their lives. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Whitney Humanities Center on 53 Wall St. There will be a screening of “Life in a Landfill” before “Waste Land.”

- March 29, 7 p.m.: East Coast premiere of “Connected: An Autobiography of Love, Death, and Technology.” Director Tiffany Shlain goes on a personal journey to understand the meaning of human connections—to one another and the natural world. “U: Uranium” examines the contamination of the waters and health of native and non-native communities across the Southwest as a result of decades of uranium mining and milling.

- March 30, 4 p.m., Kroon Hall, Room 319: “The City Dark” examines the growing concern over light pollution. A four-minute screening of “The Herd” finds a deer befriending a farmer’s herd of cattle. “City Dark” director Ian Cheney, an F&ES alum, will hold an environmental filmmaking workshop on financing, shooting and editing an independent documentary. It is free. RSVP required at

- March 31, 7 p.m.: “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” examines the transformation and radicalization of one of its members. The FBI called the group America’s “No. 1 domestic terrorism threat” after it burned down several timber companies it considered a threat to the environment.

- April 1, 7 p.m.: “In Bag It,” Jeb Berrier, an average guy, makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags. Beforehand, a screening of “The Majestic Plastic Bag,” a mockumentary about the life of a plastic bag narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons.

- April 2, another premiere will feature three filmmakers on a 50-state tour to personalize sustainability in “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip,” at 7p.m. A 5-minute screening of “Wee Wise Words” will feature an animated portrayal of children’s ideas about the environment.

- April 2, 4 p.m.: “The Warriors of Qiugang” chronicles how one Chinese village stood up against a polluting chemical plant. The documentary was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award. Also, “When the Water Ends” tells of the conflict between tribal groups in Kenya and Ethiopa over water and land and the dire drought facing parts of East Africa. Screening with “11 Degrees,” about the struggle of a Scottish ski resort to adapt to climate change and a decrease in skiers.

- April 3, 6 p.m.: “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” About the disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the hive. Afterward, Peter Crane, dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, will discuss the film with the director Taggart Siegel and Nancy Moran, a bee expert and a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale. The short film, “Transition Town Totnes,” will be shown.

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