February 17, 2011

LSU Professors John Pardue and Gene Turner have organized an environmental film series to spread awareness of the issues facing our society today.

“This film series gives LSU students and faculty an opportunity to view films on environmental topics that are not shown in local theatres,” said Pardue.

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the film “Gasland” will be screened from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building. “Gasland,” winner of both the Sundance Film Festival’s and the Sarasota International Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize, documents the effects of the largest natural gas drilling boom in U.S. history.  Recently, “Gasland” was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary.

On Tuesday, March 22, “Waste Land” will be screened from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium. “Waste Land” follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn, N.Y., to his native Brazil and interacts with recyclers at the world’s largest garbage dump.  The film has received the Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary from the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  

Previously, on Feb. 7, the series featured a screening of “Troubled Waters,” a documentary exploring the unintended consequences of commercial agriculture and urban runoff on the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. The filmmaker, Peabody and Emmy Award winning Larkin McPhee, attended the presentation and participated in a panel discussion afterward.

Sponsors of LSU’s 2011 Environmental Film Series include the Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute; the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Science; the Department of Chemical Engineering; Environment Conservation Organization, or ECO; the Department of Environmental Sciences; the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; the Department of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences; the Department of Entomology; Coast and Environment Graduate Organization, or CEGO; the Department of Geography and Anthropology; the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering; the School of Renewable Natural Resources; the College of Art & Design; and the student chapter of the Louisiana Water Environment Association.


Article by Ashley Berthelot, LSU Media Relations, aberth4@lsu.edu, 225-578-3870

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