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Special Screening of Award-Winning Documentary at Ciné


Special free EcoFocus Film Festival screening of the award-winning documentary THE BURDEN: FOSSIL FUEL, THE MILITARY, AND NATIONAL SECURITY at Ciné on Monday, December 5th. THE BURDEN tells the story of fossil fuel dependence as America’s greatest long-term national security threat, and highlights the role of the U.S. military in leading the transition to clean energy. Gather in the Ciné lobby at 7pm; film starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion. This event is presented by EcoFocus Film Festival and the Odum School of Ecology, and is sponsored by the UGA Center for Integrative Conservation Research as part of the 2016 Sustainability Summit, a free day-long event at UGA on December 6th.

THE BURDEN has been featured at several film festivals and won multiple awards, including the Best of Festival Award at the 2016 Wild and Scenic Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 2015 Long Beach International Film Festival.

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This event is FREE; admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call for Submissions: Ocean Themed Short Film Contest


Enter Your Film into the 2017 Ripple Effect Film Project! Georgia filmmakers of all ages and abilities are invited to submit short films and public service announcements. Finalists’ film will be premiered at Athens’ historic Morton Theater on March 25, 2017. Films must be submitted by January 31, 2017. This year's theme is Ocean Connections. Film entries should consider human impact on our oceans. What daily actions do we take (or not take) each day that may affect ocean health, regardless of where we live? Films should focus on a key issue from the Ocean Connections List found at

There are  no entry fees, and cash prizes totalling $2,000 will be awarded.

Ocean Connections film topics include:
1. Energy conservation
2. Water conservation
3. Food choices
4. Consumer products and plastics
5. Transportation choices
6. Keeping waterways clean

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THE 2017 RIPPLE EFFECT FILM PROJECT IS CO-PRESENTED BY: Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Water Conservation Office ECOGIG at UGA (Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf) Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful

4th Annual Jekyll Island Green Screen


We are pleased to co-present the 4th annual Jekyll Island Green Screen! This unique day of education and inspiration will start at 3pm with The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida. Following the opening film, a reception, including light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, will feature poster presentations by researchers and environmental professionals working on topics important to our coastal communities. At 5pm, this year’s feature film, Racing Extinction will be presented. Stick around after the feature for a special filmmaker Q&A.

In the highly acclaimed film Racing Extinction, Academy Award® winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembled a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction. Whether infiltrating notorious black markets with guerilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment, this compelling documentary will change the way we see the world and our role within it. Don't miss the opportunity to see this film on the big screen.

Green Screen is free and open to the public. However -- new this year -- TICKET RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Seating is limited. For ticket reservations and more information, visit the event website!

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3 p.m. The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida
3:30 p.m. Coastal Research Showcase & cocktail reception
5 p.m. Racing Extinction, followed by a special filmmaker Q&A

This event is made possible in part through partnerships with Jekyll Island Authority, EcoFocus Film Festival, Georgia Sea Grant, The Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program, ECOGIG Research Consortium, and other local conservation partners, including Altamaha Riverkeeper, Satilla Riverkeeper, Surfrider Foundation Georgia Chapter, Coastal Wildscapes, and One Hundred Miles.