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  Among the films at Michigan State University's Nov. 13 - 16 environmental film festival:

FLOW: For Love of Water

'Flow' confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause. The film concentrates on the big business of privatization of water which prioritizes profits over the availability of clean water for people and the environment. Major businesses depicted in the film are Nestle, The Coca-Cola Company, Suez (company), and the International Monetary Fund.

Film editor Caitlin Dixon will lead a discussion about the film.

The festival in part supports an endowment for MSU's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. Full details and to catch the full lineup see: www.cas.msu.edu/filmfest
News release below.

Thanks much,
David Poulson
Associate Director
Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Michigan State University
517 432 5417
4-day film festival at MSU to focus on the environment
Contact: Jim Detjen, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, (517) 353-9479, detjen@msu.edu; Susan
Woods, East Lansing Film Festival: (517) 336-5802, susanwoods@elff.com; or Kirsten Khire, Communication
Arts and Sciences: (517) 432-0013, khirek@msu.edu
November 4, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. — A film festival and fair at Michigan State University Nov. 13-16 will focus on the
environment, and will include a world premiere film.
Green on the Big Screen: An Environmental Film Festival and Fair will feature films on issues such as sustainability,
wildlife conservation, global warming, oil and alternative energies, and more. In addition, exhibits, activities and
information from campus and local organizations will be available at the fair.
The event will include the world film premiere of the documentary Mining Madness, Water Wars: The Great Lakes in
Balance about the proposal to blast a mine beneath a blue ribbon trout stream in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Producer Angela Nebel is attending. Other speakers will include Andrea Meditch, executive producer of Discovery
Films, who will introduce Werner Herzog's new film about Antarctica, Encounters at the End of the World, and editor
Caitlin Dixon, who will introduce Flow: For the Love of Water, a film about the privatization of water.
The event will include special VIP guests, children's film selections and a closing reception on Sunday, Nov. 16. Each
ticketholder will also be eligible to win fun prizes, including an MSU Green Bike, canoe rentals, books and videos. This
event is being presented by the MSU College of Communication Arts & Sciences and the Knight Center for
Environmental Journalism in conjunction with the East Lansing Film Festival.
Children ages 12 and under will be admitted for free to all films. An all-access film pass can be purchased for $15
online in advance, and individual ticket sales will be available at the film festival box office.
Charles Salmon, dean of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, says this year's film festival is meant to make
a difference on campus and in our communities.
"Green on the Big Screen is intended to promote understanding of the environment and to help raise awareness about
the need for environmental journalism, to make sure the issues are in front of the public," Salmon said.
The event is open to the public. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be used for the Knight Center for Environmental
Journalism Endowment. To make an additional donation to the Knight Center or to learn more about the endowment,
please visit the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism Endowment website (www.ej.msu.edu).
Susan W. Woods, director of the East Lansing Film Festival, is programming the films selected for the festival. This
year's program will include more than 30 films from Michigan to Africa. MSU experts will lead discussions after the
This event is part of the MSU World of Arts and Culture (www.artsandculture.msu.edu) and MSU International
Education Week (http://www.iew.msu.edu/). It is organized in conjunction with the East Lansing Film Festival
All films will be shown in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building, corner of Wilson and Red Cedar Road, East
Lansing. A schedule of films with descriptions is available online at www.cas.msu.edu/filmfest.