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06/03/17 - 8th Annual Environmental Film Festival
The 8th annual Environmental Film Festival will include two short films and one feature film as well as a question and answer period with the feature film director, Jared Flesher. Jared is an award-winning reporter, photojournalist, and documentary filmmaker. He has directed three documentary films that have screened at film festivals around the world: The Farmer and the Horse, Sourlands, and Field Biologist. Jared is also the director of the documentary web series The Creature Show.

The feature film, Field Biologist, is the story of 22-year-old Tyler Christensen, a talented but underemployed high school graduate from New Jersey still trying to figure out what to do with his life. Tyler's great love is being outside, chasing birds, and studying wildlife. One day he decides to drop everything and travel to Costa Rica to start doing his own conservation-oriented research on birds in the tropics. Tyler's adventure takes him from the cloud forests of Monteverde to the mangrove swamps of the Nicoya Peninsula, culminating in a plan to try to help save the highly endangered mangrove hummingbird. The film presents the major challenges facing biodiversity on Earth-climate change and habitat destruction chief among them-while also raising some fundamental questions: What makes someone a scientist? How important is a formal education? What risks are worth taking? What should you do with your life?

The two short independent films of the night are Brilliant Darkness and Trees. Brilliant Darkness; was directed and written by Emily V. Driscoll. This beautiful film explores the importance of darkness, and the erosion of it, through the study and preservation of firefly habitats in Japan and the U.S. The second film; Trees, is a comic animated warning about the devastating effects of clear cutting by director Randy Wakerlin.

The films will be shown in Schiff's Woodbadge Lodge, which is transformed into a woodland theater each year for this special event. Festival attendees may choose to walk from the Nature Center at 339 Pleasant Valley Road in Mendham along marked trails to the theater location, which is a gentle two-mile, or 20-minute, hike or take one of two complementary hay rides leaving from the Nature Center starting at 6 pm and again at 6:30pm. Starting at 6 pm filmgoers are invited to join us for light dinner fare, enjoyed al fresco on our picnic tables available for a (suggested) donation. Movie snacks & drinks will also be available at movie time. For those who might like additional conversation and community, coffee, and dessert will be enjoyed by the firepit at the conclusion of the evening.

This event has been generously sponsored by the following organizations and businesses; The Willow School of Gladstone, Mammoth Tree of Long Valley, Jockey Hollow Dentistry of Mendham, Mikula Web Solutions, Headquarters Financial Group of Morristown, Shoprite of Chester, Sunrise Milk of Clinton, Cheech's Own Coffee Company of Somerville, and Black River Roaster of Whitehouse.

Films are family friendly, but the content is geared for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $15 each, a family pack of four tickets for $50, and a student rate of $10. Space is limited and advance registration is required.
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