KITTERY, Maine ó The Kittery Land Trust will present the second annual Seacoast Environmental Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Star Theatre.
A lengthy lineup of documentaries and panel discussions, the festival returns after what the KLT deemed a "wildly successful" first event last year. The festival, which addresses critical environmental issues both locally and globally, begins at 8:30 a.m., and is expected to run until 9:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $5 per film.
Beginning with a caffeine kickoff sponsored by Lil's Cafe, the morning will move into its first film titled "Five Seasons," an immersive and complex documentary about one of the world's most celebrated garden designers of transformative landscapes. After the film, there will be a panel discussion with Christine Bennett, executive director of the Kittery Land Trust, John Forti, former chief curator of historic gardens and landscapes at Strawbery Banke Museum, and Jackie Nooney, owner of Jacquelyn Nooney Landscape.
The second film is called "High Tide in Dorchester," depicting communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay living on the edges of a rising tide. The panel discussion will include Julia LaBranche, a senior planner with the Rockingham Planning Commission in New Hampshire, N.H. state Sen. David Watters and others.
"Albatross" is about an artist who traveled to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to photograph albatrosses on Midway Island. The film's panel discussion will include Seacoast Science Center President Jim Chase, Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation Executive Director Jen Kennedy, Shoals Marine Laboratory Executive Director Jennifer Seavey and Keith Tharp, co-founder of Sustainable Seacoast.
"The Devil We Know" shows citizens in West Virginia taking on a powerful corporation after they discover itís been knowingly dumping toxic PFAS chemicals into local drinking water supply. The panel discussion will include Testing for Pease co-founder Andrea Amico, Jen Duggan, the Vermont state director of the Conservation Law Foundation, and former N.H. state Rep. Mindi Messmer.
The last film of the day is "Wasted!," a documentary produced by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, as he takes viewers around the world showing the 1.3 billion tons of food that gets thrown out each year. The panel discussion includes Toby Alves of Mr. Fox Composting, Deb Anthony, executive director of Gather, and chef Evan Mallett of the Black Trumpet in Portsmouth.
For more information about the festival, search Seacoast Environmental Film Festival on Facebook.