11 days of `green' films

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March 13, 2003|By Lori Sears

There'll be lots of green in D.C. over the next couple of weeks. No, not because of St. Patrick's Day. Rather, because of all the "green" thinking. The Environmental Film Festival takes place today through March 23 at more than 40 venues, including museums, libraries, embassies, universities and international institutions.

Over the 11-day festival, environmental issues will be addressed in 130 documentary, feature, animated, archival and children's films from 30 countries. Most screenings will feature discussions with the filmmakers or other environmental experts before or after the film.

Among the films to be shown are Ansel Adams, a look at the American photographer's life and work; The Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced, which focuses on the changes to the Alaskan coast over the past century; Alexei and the Spring, a story about the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster; and Blue Vinyl, a documentary about the hazards of the popular plastic.

The Environmental Film Festival runs today through March 23 at various venues in Washington. Most screenings and talks are free, but some require a fee and registration. For a complete schedule, visit www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org on the Web or call 202-342-2564.

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