Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is going all out for Earth Day April 22 with The EarthDance Short-Attention-Span Environmental Film Festival. It’s a one-of-a-kind, traveling 100-minute film festival combining adventure, creativity and important environmental messages.

The festival showing will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center with limited seating. The free festival is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association.

EarthDance Film Festival sparks discussions, provokes thought and introduces audiences to passionate people, culture and the natural world. It is about a planet where adventure is alive and history matters.

The 2012 festival is the 9th annual collection of environmental films produced by EarthDance, an organization based out of Oakland. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will be one stop of a 30-community and seven country tour. Past stops have included Boston University, the University of Dublin and Yosemite National Park.

Zakary Zide, the director of EarthDance, started the film festival in 2004 because he was getting tired of environmental stories portrayed as polarizing gloom and doom scenarios. “We wanted to encourage more stories of inspiration, hope and humor.” The power of the festival is evident. Zide said after each festival showing, “It almost takes a minute for the audience to catch their breath.” The films’ variety and originality invite conversation about the environment. After the Lewis and Clark NHP showing, there will be an optional discussion.

This year's festival features hand-drawn and computer animations, serious documentaries, action adventures and comedies. The 2012 festival features, award-winning shorts, and audience favorites that were picked from 300 films submitted.

For more information about the film lineup, please call (503) 861-2471 ext. 220 or follow Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on Facebook, and “like” us

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