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Green Screens – It Ain't Easy Being Short and Green: A presentation of classic NFB Shorts on the environment!

he National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy present GREEN SCREENS featuring It Ain't Easy Being Short and Green Monday November 26 at 7PM!

The convenient truth is that our films have tackled this topic for many years. Join us this month as we take a look at classic NFB shorts and animations on the environment from 1970 - 2007!

Green Screens partners films from the National Film Board with experts and panellists from the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. If you are interested in the environment, Green Screens will both entertain and educate.

Paradise Lost – Directed by Eve Lambart
1970, 03 min 48 s
A plea without words, made by artist and animator Evelyn Lambart, for the right of all creatures to a clean, unpolluted environment. With style, color and movement sensitive to the subject, the film shows how birds, butterflies and other woodland creatures succumb to air pollution caused by human inventions.

Emissions Admission – Directed by Sarah Lazarovic
In this animated film an eco-friendly couple in the early stages of courtship 'come clean' on some of their idiosyncrasies and discover that they are perfect for each other.

Blowhard – Directed by Brad Caslor & Christopher Hinton
1978, 09 min 33 s
An animated parable that deals with a familiar subject in an amusing way. We join in the business ventures of J.B. Edwards, an easterner who went west to create a fuel company called Consolidated Dragons. The company's profits were sorely affected when the supply of dragons started to dry up. A solution had to be found--and was.

What On Earth Are We Doing?
1975, 11 min 28 s
Canadians are chewing up their resources at an alarming rate, fifty times faster than the people of India, for example. If we calculated our population according to our rate of consumption, we would have a country of 1.1 billion people. Fortunately, more and more of us are becoming aware of the urgent need to build a way of life based not just on "more" but on "better." This film suggests some new things for us to do.

Arkelope – Directed by Roslyn Schwartz
1994, 05 min 17 s
While searching for diversion on television one evening, a middle-aged couple lights upon a nature documentary recounting the decline of the Arkelope. Though it has managed to survive a variety of natural disasters and calamities, the Arkelope has been reduced, through human indifference and short-sightedness, to a species whose very existence is in imminent danger. A seriously funny animated look at endangered species and human passivity in the face of the ubiquitous TV set.

The Energy Carol – Directed by Les Drew
1975, 10 min 33 s
Ebenezer Scrooge has a motto: to waste is to grow. His motto becomes: back to basics. The Energy Carol traces this momentous transformation, and introduces us to the spirits of energy past, present and future.

The Big Snit – Directed by Richard Condie
1985, 09 min 49 s
This wonderfully wacky animation film is a look at two simultaneous conflicts, the macrocosm of global nuclear war and the microcosm of a domestic quarrel, and how each conflict is resolved. Presented with warmth and unexpectedly off-the-wall humor, the film is open to a multitude of interpretations.


WHEN: Monday November 26, 7 PM

WHERE: NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St (at Richmond St W), Toronto (Osgoode subway station)

FREE ADMISSION (Donations to CIELAP welcome)

For More Information: 416-973-3012 or visit the NFB website