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Autumn Wildlife Film Festival to be held at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - October 3, 1997

(New Orleans)—The Delta Greens, the Loyola Greens and Loyola Environmental Action will present a showing of award-winning films, including two best of festival winners, from the competition at this year's International Wildlife Film Festival (I.W.F.F.). The Autumn Wildlife Film Festival will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in Room 332 of Bobet Hall located on the university's main campus. This film festival is free and open to the public.

The screenings will include four winners from this year's I.W.F.F.

The Last Frog reminds the audience why we fell in love with these creatures as children and why their disappearance from the planet may herald an ecological disaster. It won best of festival and merit awards for script, humor, natural sound, scientific content and photography.

Troubled Waters gives a voice to many people and communities directly affected by continued clear-cutting of public forests and lays out economic benefits of protecting our national forests. It was awarded best of category and merit awards for conservation message and advocacy.

World in a Wood is the story of Wytham Wood, which has been intensively studied by scientists from Oxford University for over fifty years and this long-term surveillance is now providing clues on how the world may cope with global warming. It won best of category, and merit awards for production values, ecosystem relationships, educational values, narration and natural sound.

La Cucaracha, by students from the Vancouver, B.C., Film School, focuses on the slimy, creepy-crawly repulsive side of the natural world. It received merit awards for educational values, storyline and presentation of biological information.

Also screened will be three award winning films from previous festival competitions. Year of the Flame Bird is the story of the flamingos of the "desolate soda flats, the Makgadikgadi pans of Botswana," their struggle "to nest and raise young before the shallow waters evaporate" and their "unbelieveable migrations across the salt in a bid to reach water." It received the 1990 Best of Festival award.

Sounthbound documents the movement over the last several years of multi-national wood products companies into the privately owned Southeastern American forests. Mining Seven-Up Pete documents the citizens fight against the development of a giant cyanide leach gold mine on Blackfoot River in western Montana.

For more information, please call John Clark at 865-2128.