Morris Library to host environmental film festival on Friday



(Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)

By Kitt Fresa

Morris Library is hosting an environmental activism film festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the Guyon Auditorium.

The event’s organizer, Jeff Kohmstedt, said the Wild and Scenic Film Festival will cover a variety of subjects within the movement.

“The goals are primarily to raise awareness of the environmental issues that these films cover,” Kohmstedt said. “We’re trying to raise awareness about coal ash, global climate change, as well as other issues like people being active in the environmental movement.”


The first 20 students at the story who present their student ideas will receive free tickets to the festival. Otherwise, general admission tickets to view the event’s 13 films are $10, Kohmstedt said. Run times range from two to 15 minutes.

“It’s a festival meant to show people that they can have an impact when it comes to climate and to the environment, seeing people motivated to get active and to do something about injustices that they might see in the environmental community,” he said.

One of the featured films, “The Wild President,” details President Jimmy Carter’s legacy as a conservation advocate.

“It looks at his adventure down a river, which changed his understanding of nature and how powerful rivers can be,” Kohmstedt said.

Another film, “The Pollution of Our Waterways,” was created by Illinois high school students and has been selected as a traveling exhibit by the Smithsonian. It highlights the impact that people have on their local water sources.

Staff writer Kitt Fresa can be reached at [email protected]

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