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River Film Festival Thursday

In partnership with Central Piedmont's Community College Center for Sustainability, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation presents the Catawba River Film Festival on Thursday at Pease Auditorium.

The evening will begin with a VIP reception catered by Earth Fare at 5:30 p.m. Guest are invited to browse the student art gallery featuring work from "The Art of Recycling" exhibit featuring pieces created entirely from recycled materials.

Following the VIP reception will be the showing of four short films at 6:30 p.m. The films tackle issues such as the world water crisis, ocean conservation, kayaking and recreation, and conservation at the local level.

• "Water First" is a global water film that uses Malawi's clean water struggles to discuss the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the pivotal need for clean water around the globe.

• Brought to us by the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, "Once Upon a Tide" reconnects its audience to the importance of the marine environment for all life on Earth. The film is a fictional narrative that blends the moral and visual elements of a fairy tale to inspire and recognize the importance of ocean conservation.

• "In Birth Place of the Winds," National Geographic explorer Jon Bowermaster leads an expedition into one of Alaska's most remote corners. Seeking to kayak among five volcanic islands and climb the snowcapped peaks, the group follows in the paddle-strokes of the greatest kayakers ever, the Aleuts.

• "Clean Water Common Ground" looks at Hawaii's struggles to address water quality issues in "paradise."

Following the film festival, Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman will host a panel discussion with water experts from along the basin.

Tickets cost $5. For more information, call 704-679-9494 or visit

-- Lake Wylie Pilot staff reports