Alexandria Film Festival 

Coming soon to a library near you the highly anticipated Sixth Annual Alexandria Film Festival 2012.  From Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18, Beatley Central Library has been selected as one of the few venues that will showcase multiple high-quality films during this celebration of burgeoning and established film makers and their new or rare films.  In partnership with Eco-City Alexandria, we'll be featuring FREE films with environmental themes.  Bringing feature-length films, documentaries, animation, and shorts, the Alexandria Film Festival also includes filmmaker panels and arts presentations to unique and historic venues throughout Alexandria, Virginia.  Details about the screenings are below.


From the Alexandria Film Festival Website:


Friday, November 16 

1:00 PM “Make It A Great Day” (7 minutes) A batch of newborn chicks take their first tentative steps in the warm glow of a laboratory incubator. When one chick is too weak to escape the confines of his egg, he is unceremoniously thrown out with the trash and coincidentally given a second chance at life. Filmmaker: Joshua Jones.


Miss South Pacific” (39 minutes) A beauty pageant in South Pacific Islands highlights the social and environmental issues these islands face due to global warming and rising sea levels. Filmmaker: Teresa Tico.



2:00 PMThomas Comma” (24 minutes) Thomas Comma, based on the the story ‘The Comma That Didn’t Belong Anywhere,’ by the poet Martha Baird, is the charming, humorous, sophisticated and wonderful adventure of a lonely comma looking for the right sentence. Hand-drawn and colored and finished on computer, this 24 minute 2D animated tale of the trials and tribulations of a comma on a quest, will not only delight and inspire children of all ages (and adults)–but will also encourage and educate them to have the best thing in them win! ‘We;re all of us like commas,’ said Martha Baird, ‘looking for the right sentence.’ Filmmaker: Ken Kimmelman will join us!



3:00 PM “The Printed Page” (9 minutes) The personal side of the premise that newspapers, books and all printed material have had their use in our society. Told from the perspective of a family with deep generational roots in printing the film follows the writer as he begins from a comment 50 years ago to his father; ‘Get out of printing it won’t last, the computer is bringing the end of printing.’ The film moves to newspapers and why they continue to be printed. It touches on the historical side from the beginning of move-able type to offset presses. In the end we see the reality, printed word is not going anywhere anytime soon. Filmmaker: Todd Crocker will join us!


“The Trapline” (28 minutes) A journey of understanding into the world of trappers and the way they are perceived by a reality adverse social agenda. The skeptical film maker is reluctant to follow his brother, the trapper, around but finds that the job is not at all what the protesters have made it out to be. The Trapline is the side of the debate that has not been heard. Filmmaker: Todd Crocker will join us!


4:00 PM Hoot”: (1 hour 31 minutes) Three middle-schoolers take on greedy land developers, corrupt politicians, and clueless cops in the mystery adventure HOOT based on Carl Hiaasen’s Newbery Honor-winning book.



Saturday, November 17

1:00 PM “Bat City” Laura Brooks (51 minutes) Bat City USA delves into Austin’s complicated relationship with a colony of Mexican free-tailed bats under the downtown Congress Avenue Bridge. Each year, thousands of people get a fascinating, close-up glimpse of the world’s largest urban bat colony amid the colorful downtown Austin, Texas setting. The film reveals how the bats moved into the bridge and survived eradication plans by hostile residents. Viewers discover how the bats eventually became a beloved part of what makes Austin unique and weird, mainly through the efforts of Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International, who convinced residents of the benefits of the bats. Filmmaker Laura Brooks will be joining us!


Sunday, November 18

1:00 PM Hoot”


3:00 PM “Return to the Forest” (30 minutes) Narrated by William Shatner, Return to the Forest is the story of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, the first elephant conservation organization in the world with the mission to return captive Asian elephants back to the wild in Thailand to save them from extinction.


The story follows the unique cases of three elephants and their re-adaptation process. Their stories bring attention to the plight of endangered Asian elephants and the severe threats they face from poaching, mistreatment in captivity, and habitat loss. Through reintroduction these elephant re-learn how to communicate with each other and form social bonds just like wild elephants. Once back in the forest, these elephants quickly remember their vital role in the forest ecosystem.


Yet the true measure of success of the Foundation’s work comes early one morning when a long-awaited baby elephant is born – the first baby elephant born in this protected vast forest habitat to previously captive elephants who have naturally mated in the wild. Filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Zo Clark waited almost two years to document this momentous event. The early days of this baby elephant’s life are a symbol of hope for the future of the endangered Asian elephant and also an important reminder that time and space may be running out for this magnificent creature with whom we share this planet. Filmmaker Patricia Sims will join us! trailer:


4:00 PM “Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay” (27 minutes) Explore the far-reaching impact of menhaden through the eyes of the men who love this stinky, oily fish for what it contributes to their livelihood, to their heritage, and to the health of Chesapeake Bay. Spend time on the Bay with charter boat captain Billy Pipkin, and meet pound netter Walter Rogers, crabber James Eskridge and conservationist Bill Goldsborough who provide their perspectives on the sustainability of this vulnerable fish and its connection to the future of Chesapeake Bay. Filmmaker Sarah Gulick will join us! trailer: