BIFF launching new environmental documentary film series

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Berkshire International Film Festival is launching a new Environmental Film series hosted at Bard College at Simon's Rock beginning Sunday. All screenings will be in the Daniel Arts Center.

The series, which will present films year-round, is intended to "show how a few people can have an impact on the environment in a very big way" says Kelley Vickery, founder and artistic director of the festival.

The series' first screening, "A Plastic Ocean," begins at 3 p.m. The documentary film explores the environmental impact of plastic pollution in the world's oceans. A Q&A and panel discussion immediately follows with Peter Hofman, chair of the Lee Greener Gateway Committee, Lee; Dr. Sandra Whitehouse, chief scientific officer at AtlaSea, Los Angeles; and Elena Kissel, environmental lawyer at Clean Ocean Access, Aquidneck Island, RI.

On April 22 at 3, the series presents "The Bullish Farmer," the story of a Wall Street banker who becomes a farmer and a voice for the struggles of sustainable agriculture. The Bullish Farmer, John Ubaldo, will be available for a Q&A session together with film's producer and director Ken Marsolais; Barbara Zheutlin , executive director of Berkshire Grown; and Jamie Samowitz, executive director of Roots Rising.

Ticket information is available online at, by calling the BIFF office at 413-528-8030. Tickets also will be available at the door on the day of the event. Admission is free to BIFF REEL Friends and to Simon's Rock students and faculty.


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