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RVA Environmental Film Festival Is Happening This Week

There are a ton of free films about the environment showing all over Richmond this week.




For over 10 years the Richmond Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) has showcased films that raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet.

This year’s films started yesterday and continue on through Sunday. You can check the full schedule here. Films are being shown in a wide variety of locations with a large number this weekend at the Byrd Theater. The films are free but some require a ticket so be sure and check the schedule closely so you don’t get left out in the cold.

Tonight’s film is An American Assent at Väsen Brewing. This documentary is about the first African-American expedition to tackle North America’s highest peak, Denali. So it addresses issues of race and the outdoors as it follows the team up the mountain, chronicling the many challenges of climbing one of the world’s most iconic peaks. Nathan Burrell, James River Park Superintendent will be the speaker.

The only way the films could be free is through the generosity of the Sierra Club – Falls of the James Group, Science Matters and the Community Idea Stations, the Science Museum of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, The Lewis Ginter Botannical Garden and over 15 other sponsors.

The James River is our version of New York’s Central Park. A vast expanse of nature right in the middle of a city. For that reason, I’m intrigued by Birders: The Central Park Effect which explores the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan’s celebrated patch of green and those that follow them.

No matter your interest there is likely a film that covers that topic.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.