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American Conservation Film Festival Starts Today

The ACFF begins its 4-day run in Shepherdstown today, and among the great films on today’s schedule (some requiring paid tickets, some for free) is the Student Filmmaker Showcase at Erma Ora Byrd Hall at Shepherd University. Here’s the schedule:

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And don’t forget… On Saturday from Noon to 4:30 are some great films… some with the filmmaker attending, at the National Conservation Training Center… and all NCTC films are FREE.

Light Booth Pre-Show

Getting everything ready as the audience starts to come in. Checked my e-mail and found I had a donation to the Under The LobsterScope operating fund from a reader in New Hampshire… so I, of course, immediately sent out the Bill’s Barnhart Ornaments font package (this month’s appreciation gift) by e-mail. The tile on the left is a Barnhart Ornament.

This is the first of the last three performances of Thurber Carnival… just tomorrow night and Sunday Matinee to go and it’s over. Not sure if I’ll be working on the next show here… I have some conflicts that they didn’t bother to ask me about… I guess they just assumed I’d be here. I much prefer it when people ask me in advance to work on their shows. This next one lands on Elly’s birthday and Thanksgiving week and I have lots of other things I’m involved with, like the Film Festival, during the rehearsal weeks. (That’s another Barnhart Ornament on the right.)

We’re at the 10 minute call and there are about eight people in the audience… I don’t know if there is a last minute rush out in the lobby, but one would hope. Oooops… it hit 11 as I write this.

Back in the light booth at Full Circle Theater…

…as Thurber Carnival rehearses tonite. As for me, I’m working out where the light cues will go and which instruments will focus where on the stage (although they keep changing where they are playing the scenes and I am getting muy confused.)

I’m also using my time tonite to finish entering information into the American Conservation Film Festival on-line database. Candi and I split the 30 movies up to work on so that we can have them available tomorrow. Since I don’t have to be anywhere in the morning I’ll probably sit up late finishing them.

Starting on Wednesday I have more new Doctors‘ appointments and tests to get to the bottom of this Aphasia problem. Between now and October 6th I have “TEE” tests (Don’t ask me, I’m a civilian –  I only know it’s with the heart doctor), CAT scans, blood test, a meeting with a neurologist and anything else Dr. Kugler, my GP, can set me up with. These with rehearsals every night and an opening on the 24th at Full Circle… and the regular Friday morning show with John on WSHC… are making me a busy boy.

Working Morning

I’m getting ready to meet Candi from the American Conservation Film Festival for coffee at Mellow Moods at 10:00. We’re going over the stuff I’m filling in on their website database for people looking up the 30 or so films (features and shorts) that are now scheduled.

Once everything is up and running, I’ll direct my readers to the site… this is a film festival that Elly and I have been going to for several years now and we always enjoy it (and learn from it.)

One of the films I’m looking forward to is “Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist”:

Seen through the eyes of activist Peter Jay Brown (“Whale Wars) Confessions offers an intimate look at shipboard life amongst members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. These self-proclaimed animal saviors and sea rebels immerse themselves in action-packed conflict including ramming illegal fishing vessels, sinking pirate whalers, and arguing amongst themselves over a vegetarian vs. vegan diet.

I’ve got to pack up and get out of here… more later.

Kids Theater Camp at Full Circle Theater…

Laura Bakin reminded me by E-Mail this morning that I’m teaching tech theater (mostly lighting, I guess) to the kids at the Full Circle summer camp starting next week. Guess I’ll have to start getting my act together.

I’m also going to be doing some volunteer work for the American Conservation Film Festival which actually comes off in the fall… however, I’ve offered to update their web page ( I’m meeting their director for iced tea this coming week.

Looks like the retired life is going to get more interesting.

Food, Inc.

511eHmnaBCL._SL500_AA240_It was the last day today of the American Conservation Film Festival, and Elly and I went especially to see Robert Kenner’s documentary “Food, Inc.” It was the one film in the Festival that we really wanted to see this year… especially since we are now entering week 3 of our conversion to Veganism. What we had heard about the film is that it had convince many folks to stop eating “factory farmed” meat.

And it IS a brilliant flick. I’d encourage you to see it, if it is playing near you (we also found out that it’s in the DVD set in our library and it is also available at Amazon.)

About the film (from their web site):

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

BTW: you will have a hard time eating restaurant food or shopping in a regular grocery store when you see this film. You may even become a Vegan, too.

American Conservation Film Festival Begins This Week.

One of the reasons we love being in Shepherdstown, WV, is the American Conservation Film Festival, which starts this Wednesday with a Sneak Peak reception. The Festival has grown over the years and now uses space in Town and at Shepherd University as well as at the National Conservation Training Center’s Byrd Auditorium. Much of the Festival is free, but even the paid admission events are cheap and highly worthwhile.

Here’s the schedule:



War Memorial Building (7:00-8:00)
7:00-8:00 Sneak Peak Reception
(Shepherdstown Men’s Club members and invited guests)


Shepherd U. Erma Ora Byrd- Student Films & Reception (6:30-10:30)


6:30-6:50 Disturbance
6:50-7:20 Extreme Commuting
7:20-7:40 Into the Cool: The Living
7:40-8:35 Division Street
8:35-9:05 Wings Over the Marsh
9:05-9:20 Rising Tides Hawaii Parks in Peril
9:30-10:30 Student Reception

NCTC-Byrd Auditorium (7:00-10:30)


7:00-8:30 A Sea Change
8:30-9:30 Conservation in Context -Returns to the Sea
9:30-10:0 Big River

NCTC Small Theater (7:00-10:00)


7:00-7:45 The National Parks: This is America
8:00-9:00 In the Company of Moose
9:00-10:00 Kareara: The Pine Falcon


Shepherd University- Frank Center (7:00 to 11:00)


7:00-8:15: Fresh: The Movie
8:15-9:15 Conservation in Context- We Are What We Eat
9:30-11:00 Food Inc.

Shepherd University-Erma Ora Byrd (7:00-9:45)

ADMISSION: $5.00 per FILM or $10.00 for the EVENING

7:00-8:30 No Impact Man
9:30-10:30 Eating Alaska
10:30-11:00 Big River

Opera House (7:00-11:00)

ADMISSION: $5.00 per FILM or $10.00 for the EVENING

7:00-8:30 Coal Country
8:45-9:30 In A Place Out of Time
9:30-10:30 The Linguists

War Memorial Building (7:00-10:15)

ADMISSION: $5.00 per FILM or $10.00 for the EVENING

7:00-7:45 Milking the Rhino
7:45-8:30 Greening of Southie
8:30-8:40 Pirates
8:40-10:10 A Snowmobile for George

Stone Soup Bistro
9:30-Midnight Meet the Filmmakers Reception


NCTC-Byrd Auditorium (12:30-5:00)


12:30-1:30 Children’s Short Films
(Climate Change: Wildlife and Wildlands; Chickens of the Sea; Frog, Chemical, Water, You; Why Don’t We Ride Zebras?)
1:30-2:30 Feral Peril
2:30-3:30 Lords of Nature (intro by Will Stolzenburg)
3:30-4:15 Conservation in Context- Predator Purgatory
4:15-4:20 How to Survive a Bear Attack
4:30-5:30 Grizzly

NCTC Grounds (1:45-5:00)


NCTC Classroom (12:00-5:00)


12:00-1:00 Tale of the Sundarbans
1:00-2:00 Eating Alaska
2:15-4:15 Hotspots
4:30-5:00 Shifting Sands Climate Change in the Mojave
5:00-5:15 Preview: Young Voices on Climate Change

NCTC Small Theater (12:00-4:30)


12:00-1:00 Shenandoah: Voices of the River
1:30-3:00 No Impact Man
3:00-4:00 In the Company of Moose
4:00-4:45 Greening of Southie
5:00-5:20 When Eagles Dream


NCTC Byrd (6:30-11:00)

6:30-7:30 Running With Wolves
7:30-8:30 Student Award Winner Presentation and Screening
8:30-10:00 Home

Opera House (7:00-11:00)

ADMISSION: $5.00 per FILM or $10.00 for the EVENING

7:00-8:30 Coal Country
8:30-9:00 Wings Over the Marsh
9:00-9:45 In A Place Out of Time
9:45-10:45 The Linguists

NCTC Museum (10:00-11:30)
10:00-11:30 Meet the Filmmakers Reception hosted
by The Downstream Project


NCTC Byrd (12:00-5:30)


12:00-1:30 Home
1:30-3:00 Food Inc
3:00-3:45 Shenandoah: Voices of the River
3:45-4:45 In A Place Out of Time
4:45-5:30 The Linguists
5:30-6:00 Conservation in Context-Conserving Cultures

Opera House (12:00-5:30)

ADMISSION: $5.00 per FILM or $15.00 for the DAY

12:00-1:00 Lords of Nature
1:00-2:00 Grizzly
2:00-3:00 Feral Peril
3:00-4:00 Running With Wolve
4:00-5:30 Coal Country
5:30-6:00 SPEAKER-Phyllis Geller (Coal Country Filmmaker)

War Memorial Building (12:00-4:15)

ADMISSION: $5.00 per FILM or $15.00 for the DAY
12:00-1:00 Kareara: The Pine Falcon
1:00-2:00 In the Company of Moose
2:00-2:30 Wings Over the Marsh
2:30-3:00 Extreme Commuting
3:00-4:15 Fresh

*schedule subject to change