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Find a list of past films presented in collaboration with the festival.

Upcoming Programs

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital: The Absent House
March 19, 2015
Puerto Rican architect Fernando Abruña Charneco pioneered green architecture thirty years ago, and today he confronts climate change with sustainable constructions, including a house without a roof that is completely independent of power and water utilities. In times of climate change and the doomsday consequences it entails, The Absent House (Icarus Films, 2014, 55 minutes) delivers a hopeful, proactive message that we can live sustainably while preserving the planet for future generations.

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital: Building Green
March 23, 2015
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is designed as one of the most environmentally-savvy buildings on earth. CBF president Will Baker and SmithGroupJJR architect Greg Mella use excerpted documentary fotage to present the dynamic, collaborative process for the design and construction of the center and discuss why it is an international model of energy and water efficiency, collaboration, and minimal impact.