We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.


It’s a pity the Environmental Film Festival follows so closely on the heels of Filmfest DC, as this year’s program offers some interesting and spirited programming to a city that’s most likely all film festivaled out. The meat and potatoes of the fest—documentaries about environmental issues—includes programs on local problems (“How Safe Is the District’s Drinking Water?,” featuring a Dateline episode from 1994 and a short video; Sumner School & Archives, May 15 at noon), regional issues (“The Potomac Watershed: Taking a Broader View,” which includes two short films and a panel discussion; National Museum of American History, May 10 at noon, and Potomac: American Reflections, National Museum of American History, May 10 at 1 p.m.), and worldwide concerns (including Nepal: The Power of Women’s Groups, Sumner School & Archives, May 16 at 1:30 p.m., pictured). But the festival also includes its share of star power: Jacques-Yves Cousteau: My First 85 Years (French Embassy, May 12 at 7 p.m.) and Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (an Oscar-winner no less, but environmental?—National Museum of Women in the Arts, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.), and enviro-camp in the form of The Atomic Age Farmer, a 13-minute instructional film from 1955 and The Incredible Shrinking Man, a cautionary tale about radiation from 1957 (Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, May 10 at 7 p.m.). Most screenings (and all listed above) are FREE; see Film Listings and Showtimes for complete information. (202) 342-2564. (James Lochart)