An Evening with James Prosek - DC Environmental Film Festival
Friday, March 15, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Film, Discussion and Book Signing
Every March, the DC Environmental Film Festival presents a diverse selection of quality environmental films at a wide variety of venues throughout the region. Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences participates for the third time this year.
Welcome by J.D. Talasek, Director, Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS). Introduced by Flo Stone, President and Founder, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.
Artist, writer and naturalist James Prosek has been called “the Audubon of the 21st Century” for his realistic depictions of fish as they appear in the wild. The monumental paintings he produces arise from the intersection of art, appetite, culture and adventure. The author of over ten books, including Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish, Prosek also won a Peabody Award for his documentary on 17th century angler Izaak Walton.
Following the screening of the film, Picture the Leviathan about Prosek’s art and commitment to conservation and clips from his forthcoming film about eels for the PBS “Nature” series, he will discuss his work on the Ocean Fishes project and his new book-in-progress about how we name and order the natural world.
THE MYSTERY OF EELS (USA, 2013 work-in-progress) A preview of Prosek's new film.
PICTURE THE LEVIATHAN (USA, 2012, 22 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere James Prosek is much like an artist in the tradition of 19th-century naturalists who worked from personal observations of the world as they discovered it. The difference is that Prosek paints creatures in a contemporary world that, once abundant, are vanishing and hopes that by helping audiences to see the beauty of these threatened creatures, he will improve their chances for survival. The film follows James on his quest to paint the 40 fishes of the North Atlantic, life-size, from individual fish that he traveled to see. Prosek documents fish and the creatures in their ecosystems, from swordfish off Newfoundland, giant groupers in the Bahamas, a 700-pound black marlin in the Cape Verde Islands, exactly as they appear alive in the wild. Working at the nexus of art, science, culture and the environment, Prosek adds an adventurer’s sensibility to the sad story of collapsing Atlantic fisheries.
James Prosek will sign copies of his books, Ocean Fishes and Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish, both of which will be available for sale.
Free and open to the public. Registration and photo ID required.
Metro: Foggy Bottom
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