Event — Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Environmental Film Festival: “Ribbon of Sand” & “Sky Island”

Where: Smithsonian National Museum of American History

14th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

When: Saturday, March 19, 2016, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Details: Two films will be introduced by Jeffrey Stine, Curator, Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History. Discussion with filmmaker John Grabowska follows screenings.

Ribbon of Sand – North Carolina’s Outer Banks (USA, 2008, 26 min.)

Many travelers think they know the Outer Banks, but south of Ocracoke Inlet rises a luminous bar of sand almost 60 miles in extent: the wild, remote beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore, one of the few remaining natural barrier island systems in the world. At once exaltation and elegy, “Ribbon of Sand” profiles this seascape and the transitory islands doomed to disappear. The film features writings by Rachel Carson interpreted by Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep. Directed by John Grabowska.

Sky Island – New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains  (USA, 2011, 26 min.)

In northern New Mexico, a range of mountains rises up from the high desert: a wild, rugged land of the Faraway Nearby. The volcanic Jemez Mountains are isolated from all other ranges — an island in the sky, surrounded by a desert sea. “Sky Island” profiles this enchanting landscape and our place within it. Narrated by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday and acclaimed actress Meryl Streep. Directed by John Grabowska.

Cost: Free

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