Eckerd College hosts 13th Annual Environmental Film Festival - February 18-26

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Programs at this year's festival highlight themes such as reincarnation, plastic bags, forgotten things, global warming, natural gas, independent farming, insect obsessions, astronomy and urban bird watching. Plus, there will be a number of short films featured, some straight out of Sundance 2011, and others the winners of a 2011 environmental short film competition.

With the exception of Sunday's program, beginning at 2 p.m., films will be shown every evening from February 18 until February 26 at 7 p.m. in the Miller Auditorium of Eckerd College.  All programs are free and open to the public.  For the full program, see the website here.

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The 12th Annual Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival begins this Friday, February 18th. The festival brings films to the Tampa Bay area in order to raise awareness and promote discussion of questions relating to nature, place and the environment.

This year's program begins at 7 p.m. on Friday with the winner of the 2010 Cannes film festival Palme D'Or. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives draws upon filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul's own memories of changes taking place in Thailand, to tell the story of a dying man who is beginning to recall events from the distant past before he was born.  It's a lyrical and strange film, filled with memories and ghosts, and infused strongly with the power of its natural setting.

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