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Film festival on March 23 to show 'Chasing Ice'

February  14, 2013

The eighth annual Environmental Film Fest will be held from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  on Saturday, March 23 ,in the Olin Center for Educational Technology (735 35th St.). Doors open at 11 a.m. and admission is free.

The event is sponsored by the Eagle View Group of the Sierra Club, Augustana College and Radish magazine.

Healthy snacks and drinks will be provided. Short five-minute fun and inspirational films will be shown before the feature films.

The first feature is Last Call at the Oasis produced by Participant Media, the company responsible for An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc. and Waiting for Superman. The film illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system and depicts communities already struggling with ill effects.

The Clean Bin Project will be shown at 1:30 p.m. In this multi-award-winning festival favorite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem of waste. Described as An Inconvenient Truth meets Super Size Me, The Clean Bin Project is a fun and inspiring call to action for individuals and speaks to crowds of all ages.

The highlight of the film fest will be Chasing Ice at 3:30 p.m. It is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Photographer Jason Balog and his team in a project called the Extreme Ice Survey deployed revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Artic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Chasing Ice has won many awards and received positive reviews from the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe.

For more information, contact Susan Wolf at (309) 794-7369 or

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833