Environmental Film Festival: Potomac Films & the Potomac Riverkeeper

Tue, 03/20/2012 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Program Welcome by Ed Merrifield, Potomac Riverkeeper


Alexandra Cousteau, Founder and President of Blue Legacy International and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, traveled across North America on “Expedition Blue Planet,” a 17,000-mile journey investigating water issues “in the backyard” of the world’s largest consumer economy. Alexandra and her team used everything from the underwater gear invented by her grandfather, to the latest in satellite technology and live social media to explore some of the great water treasures, investigate issues of water conservation and hear stories of people from all walks of life who are working to solve the global water crisis. She will show footage of the Potomac River from the expedition and discuss the role of film, social media and live engagement in environmental advocacy.


Everyone knows the Potomac as the river that flows past Washington, D.C. But what do we know about the river beyond our capital city? This film follows the 382-mile course of the Potomac from its origins at a small spring in West Virginia, through old coal town communities, past solitary nomads and bargemen’s children who grew up on the C&O Canal to mountain farms, survivors of the Piscataway Indian tribe and finally to the 12-mile wide river of ships that meets the Chesapeake Bay. Produced by Robert Cole Films and Sugarloaf Regional Trails.

Ticket/Reservation Info:
FREE. No reservations required.
Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium
1530 P St., NW
(Metro: Dupont Circle)