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Ward-Pugh and KWA sponsor Film Festival for Planet Earth on Saturday Feb. 7th

Tuesday February 3, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro COuncil
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

North America’s largest environmental film festival will make its way to District 9 on Saturday, February 7th, courtesy of Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh and the Kentucky Waterways Alliance.

“This is a unique opportunity to see some of the most beautiful places in the world,” said Ward-Pugh. “This Festival highlights why such places need our attention, concern and help if they are to stay the natural places they are intended to be.”

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Tour will get underway at the Clifton Center on Saturday, February 7th beginning at 8:00pm. It will be emceed by Dave Shuffett, Host and Producer of KET’s Kentucky Life. Shuffett is a two time Emmy nominee.

The first film of the evening will be Mountain Top Removal, directed by Michael O’Connell and produced by Gill Holland of Louisville. This film’s focus is on the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal. O’Connell will join Jerry Hardt, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth communications director, Judy Petersen, KWA, Tom Fitzgerald, Kentucky Resources Council director, and other activists for a Q & A session following the film.

Another feature film will be A Crime Against Creation, a short film that presents evangelical Christian leaders bearing witness to mountaintop removal and the destruction of Appalachia.

And finally, The Last Descent follows world class kayakers travel to some of the world’s most amazing rivers. With large scale hydroelectric projects under operation, the film travels down the Marsyangdi River of Nepal, the Brahmaputra River in India, and the White Nile River in Uganda perhaps for the last time to show the potential impact on the environment.

“These films showcase the concerns of many that we are in danger of losing many natural wonders,” said Ward-Pugh. “The festival is also a chance to learn more about the Kentucky Water Alliance and its work to protect and restore our waterways right here at home.”

Since 1993, the KWA has worked with communities to restore the state’s waterways, strive for clean water and more effective water protection

The Clifton Center is located 2117 Payne Street.

There will be a reception beginning at 7:00pm with the KWA and the members of the film festival including producers and directors. Tickets for the reception are $30 and include the film festival. Tickets prices for just the Festival are $15 for adults and $12 for children.

For more information contact Councilwoman Ward-Pugh’s Office at 574-1109.

TIna Ward-Pugh (D) 9