Published on April 4, 2013 by Sean Flynt  

Posted by Sean Flynt on 2013-04-04

Birmingham-based Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is sponsoring a series of short films about the state’s most pressing environmental challenges and the resources at stake. The organization provided fellowships to some of the nation’s most talented graduate-level filmmakers and brought them to Alabama in summer 2012 to work on their film projects.

Samford University’s Restoring Eden student group will host the resulting film series, “Southern Exposure,” in the university’s Christenberry Planetarium 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10.

The Southern Exposure film series includes:

Saving Shepherd Bend: A compelling documentary about a massive strip mine that imperils the Black Warrior River and threatens the drinking water of northwest of Birmingham.

Between the Fracks: A series of conversations with sportsmen, conservationists, and others who are concerned about the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” in the Talladega National Forest.

For the Fish: A look at the unprecedented array of threats to Alabama’s waterways, from the BP oil spill to coal ash pollution to contaminated runoff from construction sites.

In the Air: An examination of the health impacts of Birmingham’s persistently poor air quality, as told through interviews with doctors, local citizens, and environmentalists.

The Jewel of Alabama: Conserving the Tensaw Delta: An informative film about the Tensaw Delta, one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world.

The event is free-of-charge and open to the public.
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.