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Filmmaker Antonelli to screen documentaries Wednesday, Oct. 23

Posted 10/07/13

Antonlli_headshot_for_webAcclaimed documentary filmmaker John Antonelli will return to the Fitchburg State campus on Wednesday, Oct. 23 to present two new documentary films exploring complex environmental issues in Africa.

Unfair Game: The Politics of Poaching and a new entry from the celebrated series “The New Environmentalists” will be screened as a double feature at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. at 3:30 and 7 p.m. The screenings will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Antonelli and members of the Fitchburg State faculty.

The presentation is part of the CenterStage at Fitchburg State University arts and culture series.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door.

Antonelli has won regional Emmy awards and his work has been featured in prestigious showcases like the Sundance Film Festival. The former Fitchburg State student was back in campus in May when he was awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his contributions to the arts.

The films screening Oct. 23 explore complex environmental issues in Africa.

Unfair Game: The Politics of Poaching is set in Swaziland and Zambia and contrasts two approaches to solving the poaching issue. Can wildlife conservation efforts go too far? Is killing people ever a just punishment for hunting wild animals? This feature length documentary explores what happens when measures to protect wildlife are in conflict with indigenous peoples’ land rights, human rights and their very survival.
The New Environmentalists has been running for 10 years, with episodes from the series shown on PBS and the Sundance Channel, as well as film festivals around the world including Barcelona, New Delhi, Palermo, Lisbon, New Zealand, Seoul and Boston.

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