Presenting Environmental Documentaries

Presenting Environmental Documentaries

As part of Earth Month, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will partner with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) to bring free screenings of the latest environmental documentaries to both the BlackRock Center for the Arts and the Montgomery County GreenFest.

“Hometown Habitat – Stories of Bringing Nature Home” will be presented at BlackRock Center for the Arts on April 9, 4 p.m.

“Hometown Habitat” is an educational documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. The film features entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss.

Following the screening of the film, director and producer Catherine Zimmerman will be on hand to answer questions from the audience. The discussion will be facilitated by DEP Director Lisa Feldt. The screening, which is free and open to the public, is presented in partnership by the BlackRock Center for the Arts, DCEFF, DEP and the Montgomery Countryside Alliance.

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Documentary films will be shown at Montgomery County GreenFest, Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, on May 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In addition to showing “Hometown Habitat” in April, DCEFF is partnering with GreenFest for the third year in a row to screen documentaries. This year, the focus will be on short films, less than 30 minutes in length. Screenings of the short films start at 1 p.m. and will include documentaries highlighted during the 2017 Environmental Film Festival, including “Fix and Release” and “The Nature of Maps.”

Montgomery County GreenFest includes exhibitors and vendors, workshops, music, children’s activities, food trucks and an electric vehicle and car show. The full schedule of movie screenings will be announced in April at

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