The American Conservation Film Festival Comes to Berryville!

Berryville, VA – The American Conservation Film Festival, based in Shepherdstown, WV, is pleased to partner with the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, VA, to bring audience members a sampling of Festival films ahead of the 14th annual festival in Shepherdstown, October 21-23 and 28-29, 2016.

Islands of Creation was the Broadcast Award winner (Smithsonian Channel) in the 2015 American Conservation Film Festival.  A beautifully filmed story set in the Solomon Islands, it follows the quest of evolutionary biologist Albert Uy to “catch evolution in the act of creating a new species.” The black monarch flycatchers live on one island, the brown-bellied ones on another. Are they in the process of becoming two separate species?  The islands’ resources are being exploited, putting all local wildlife at risk. It’s a race against time to gather the evidence necessary to prove the existence of a new species before it’s lost forever.

The film will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Bill McShea, a wildlife ecologist for the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute at Front Royal, Virginia.  He is currently co-chair of the IUCN Deer Specialist Group, which is responsible for setting endangerment levels for deer species worldwide, and a member of both the Bear Specialist and Bovid Specialist Groups.  He has edited four volumes on wildlife management, co-authored a book on deer ecology, and coauthored over 120 scientific publications.  When not in Virginia, Bill currently works in Southeast Asia, Borneo, and China. Bill’s research focuses on the management and diversity of wildlife populations and much of this work involves mammal surveys using camera traps.

In addition to the film and discussion, attendees will get a preview of some of the conservation films screening at the American Conservation Film Festival October 21-23 and 28-29 in Shepherdstown.   

Cost to attend this event is only $5 and children 16 and under are admitted free.
Doors open at 6pm, the film begins at 7pm.
Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Get tickets here: http://barnsofrosehill.org/event/acff-best-of-fest-in-berryville/
Learn more about the American Conservation Film Festival here: http://www.conservationfilm.org.
Learn more about the Barns of Rose Hill here: http://barnsofrosehill.org/

About ACFF
The American Conservation Film Festival is an annual event held in Shepherdstown, WV, a vibrant arts community 70 miles west of Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. ACFF features films from a diverse group of conservation filmmakers from around the world.
This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization addresses conservation through the lens of film, providing a platform for education and dialogue about more sustainable ways to live, work, and play.  ACFF programming promotes solutions to pressing conservation issues, respect for the world’s natural and cultural heritage, and passion for conserving our resources.  Since 2003, the Festival has screened over 450 films to over 30,000 audience members, presented filmmaking workshops for aspiring documentary filmmakers, hosted panel discussions with filmmakers, and offered free family programs with the mission of engaging, informing, and inspiring people toward better ways to live, work, and play.

About Barns of Rose Hill
Barns of Rose Hill is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts venue and community center in historic Berryville, Virginia. Housed in two early 20th century dairy barns that were fully restored in 2011, our mission is to enrich lives through programs in the performing, visual, and literary arts.  Offering a wide array of music, films, workshops, art exhibits, and family programming, this exceptional venue has become a destination for both performers and audience members alike.