Fri., Aug. 18; 7 – 9 p.m.
Environmental Film Series

Join us monthly for an exciting new film screening and discussion series.

July Screening: Project Wild Thing

Fri., Aug, 18, from 7 – 9 p.m., join us for a screening of Project Wild Thing. This film is the story of filmmaker David Bond, who is concerned that his kids' waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing and screen time. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors — not like it was back in his day. He decides it's time to get back to nature — literally. In an attempt to compete with the brands, Bond appoints himself Marketing Director for Nature. Like any self-respecting salesman, he sets about developing a campaign and a logo, and with the help of a number of bemused professionals, he is soon selling Nature to British families.

A post-screening discussion will be led by Gavin White and Kathryn Hunninen of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, who will talk about their Pittsburgh Parks Rx program. A new program launched by partners including Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Lawrenceville United, Parks Rx will focus on getting kids into their local parks through connections with their school, community, and healthcare providers. The program emphasizes the importance of outdoor activity in the physical, emotional, and behavioral health of our city’s young people.

Kathryn Hunninen grew up playing in the Frick Woods and her love of nature was solidified by many camping, backpacking, and canoeing trips with her family. A strong desire to learn about the world led her to coastal Maine and the central mountains of Mexico and back to Pittsburgh, where she has committed her personal and professional life to strengthening our park system so that all Pittsburghers may connect with nature close to home. She has 12-plus years of experience in working with communities to bring trail and ecological restoration projects to life and leading environmental education and volunteer programs for all ages.  As senior manager of special initiatives for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC), Kathryn works closely with community partners on the development of Emerald View Park and leads education initiatives in community-based settings, including the Pittsburgh Parks Prescription program. Prior to joining PPC, Kathryn was the Director of Park Development at the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation. Kathryn holds a bachelor of arts in human ecology and a master of science in parks and resource management and environmental education. She lives in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood with her husband and daughter, is fluent in Spanish and loves finding new hiking trails to explore throughout our region.

Gavin White is from Mars. He left his country home for the city to study at Pitt, where he graduated with degrees in history and architecture. He intends to remain in the 'Burgh, where he’s lived for the past 10 years. Of course, sometimes he needs to get out of the city and take in the fresh country air. That love of nature led him to a position advocating for a greener, healthier city. He currently splits his time between the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and GTECH, growing green spaces large and small and building play places for people young and old. Prior to working for the Parks, he designed spaces for film, installations, performances and other events with artists from all over the place. He is generally interested in spaces and places: How do they define us? How do we best shape them? What does it take to make and maintain them?

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About the Series
Phipps' Environmental Film Series is an exciting monthly event inviting community members to come together to view environmental films and documentaries. Each viewing will be followed by a dynamic discussion with film producers, scientists and environmental advocates, enabling attendees to share thoughts, consider various viewpoints and hear the experts’ perspectives. The series aims to raise awareness of our relationship with the natural environment, and to use film as a platform for conversation, education and positive change. Screenings for the Environmental Film Series will take place on the third Friday of every month from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Botany Hall Auditorium at Phipps. Attendance to these screenings is free with regular admission, but tickets are required; please pick up your free tickets in the Welcome Center starting at 5 p.m. on the day of the film.

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