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POV's 'The Chances of the World Changing' at Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival

   

The Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival — the longest-running documentary film festival in the United States, now celebrating its 30th year — will screen POV's The Chances of the World Changing by Eric Daniel Metzgar. The film, part of POV's 20th season on PBS in 2007, is among 32 titles culled from over 2,000 submissions. The Festival, which runs from Nov. 8-12, was founded in 1977 by the Museum in honor of pioneering anthropologist Margaret Mead's 75th birthday to mark her 50th year at the Museum. The Chances of the World Changing will screen on Thursday, November 9th, 2006 at 8:30 p.m. in the American Museum of Natural History.

The Chances of the World Changing is an extraordinary document of two years in the life of Richard Ogust, a writer who enters strange territory as he finds himself struggling to save the lives of hundreds of endangered turtles. Abandoning his literary work, Ogust transforms his Manhattan apartment into a veritable "Noah's Ark" filled with 1,200 turtles. As his passion turns into an enterprise, an epic tale unfolds, creating a new breed of nature film — a meditation on the spirit and devotion that fuel conservationists to defy the extinction of some the planet's most ancient animals.

"It is far too easy to talk of extinction using a series of leaden adjectives," says The Chances of the World Changing filmmaker Eric Metzgar. "Extinction, of course, has tragic meaning, but the manner of one's attempts to prevent extinction bears no such tragedy. In fact, a film about extinction is really a study of its opposing force: survival.

"When one is fraught with immeasurable responsibility, an excess of strength, not gloom, powers the day. And that strength, again and again, in the face of all obstacles, is what we filmed. Each day hovered on the next, and from an urgent story emerged a grand narrative.

Kathy Brew, Managing/Co-Director, Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, and Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, American Documentary | POV, will introduce the film. A discussion follows the screening with Metzgar and George Amato, Director of Conservation Genetics at the American Museum of Natural History.

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