American Conservation Film Festival

Life Story – First Steps, Filmmakers: Tom Hugh-Jones, Rupert Barrington — Vulnerable, naïve and determined, some young animals face their biggest challenges in the first few days of life. In infancy, every challenge is a new one. How a creature fares at the very beginning of its life is the foundation upon which their future success depends. Saturday, October 22 during BLOCK 3, which begins at noon at the National Conservation Training Center, 59 min. As part of ACFF’s Youth and Family Programming, this film will be followed by a live animal presentation by Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

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Saving Ourselves by Saving the Past

BY AMY MATHEWS AMOS

In “Saving Mes Aynak,” filmmaker Brent Huffman tells a story emblematic of our times:  a ruinous reality that leaves us feeling angry, fearful and sad, yet strangely inspired and determined at the same time. While divisiveness rages all around us, Huffman helps us lock arms with someone halfway around the world, and gratefully embrace his commitment to preserving the best of humanity while surrounded by its worst. “Saving Mes Aynak” is a study in such stark contrasts, and we can’t help but root passionately for the triumph of good over evil throughout.

 

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The Engine Room Art Space

BY PAULA PENNELL

Hagerstown, MD is on the brink of a renaissance. With the recent library renovation and a growing crop of new restaurants and businesses, the City of Hagerstown is employing creative ways to revive the area and draw people back downtown. The Engine Room Art Space—“The Space”—stands at the forefront of the City’s renewal by offering emerging, local artists a free public space for exhibiting their work, and providing a positive space where community and visitors can come together to experience, think, discuss, create and contribute in new and imaginative ways.

 

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