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Green documentary to premiere in Buford

Film based on the life of famed conservationist

POSTED: June 9, 2011 1:30 a.m.

The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Foundation will hold a free screening Friday of a new film, "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time," the first full-length, high definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold.

The film is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Center for Humans and Nature.

It shares highlights from Leopold’s life and extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the 20th century and inspires people today. Although probably best known as author of the conservation classic "A Sand County Almanac," Leopold is also renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist and wilderness advocate.

The film is being shown in community screening venues this year, and will be released on public television early next year.

"Aldo Leopold’s legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world," said Aldo Leopold Foundation Executive Director Buddy Huffaker.

"What is exciting about Green Fire is that it is more than just a documentary about Aldo Leopold; it also explores the influence his ideas have had in shaping the conservation movement as we know it today by highlighting some really inspiring people and organizations doing great work to connect people and the natural world in ways that even Leopold might not have imagined."

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception sponsored by Chocolate Perks of Duluth and an exhibit preview by Kate Gilman titled "No Idling Campaign" highlighting how one person can impact the environment.

The film begins at 7 p.m. and will include a special introduction and Q&A with Huffaker, who also served as the film’s executive producer.



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