ECO FILM SERIES starts tonight
These nature documentaries chronicle the sometimes unexpected outcomes of conservation and other “natural” phenomena. April 3, 4, and 5, presented by the Gregg and introduced by film maker Scott Crocker (“Ghost Bird”).
APRIL 3: Milking the Rhino, Kennedy-McIllwee Studio Theatre, 6pm. David E. Simpson’s examination of “the collision of ancient ways with Western expectations. MILKING THE RHINO tells intimate, hopeful and heartbreaking stories of people facing deep cultural change.” The film tells of the contrast between Western idealistic conservation and the subsequent realities for the local people.
APRIL 4: Ghost Bird by Scott Crocker. Gregg Museum, 6pm. This documentary follows the search for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, long believed to be extinct, while revealing the hilarious lengths to which people will go to refute or deny that belief. Award-winning filmmaker Crocker will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions afterwards.
APRIL 5: Cane Toads: An Unnatural History. Gregg Museum, 5:30pm. This film by Mark Lewis is a study of the cane toad, introduced into Australia in 1935 to control a beetle infestation that was destroying the country’s sugar cane fields. The cane toad ate the beetles — and everything else — and eventually become public enemy number one.