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WORK IN PROGRESS FOR "BOMBS IN OUR BACKYARD" TO BE SHOWN AT ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL IN WASHINGTON, DC

March 10, 2009 – Clips of scenes from "Bombs in Our Backyard," a documentary film about the discovery of a World War I-era Manhattan Project in Washington, DC’s Spring Valley neighborhood, will be shown at the 17th Annual Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC. Screenings will take place on Thursday, March 19 at 7 and 8 p.m. in the Mary Graydon Center’s Wechsler Theatre on the American University campus. A panel discussion will follow the screenings. The event is free and open to the public.

Produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ginny Durrin, "Bombs in Our Backyard" chronicles an affluent community’s reaction to the news that their neighborhood was used as a testing ground and eventual burial pit for chemical weapons.

Durrin, who is a resident of Spring Valley, has captured the story in over 300 hours of footage dating back to 1993. She has also performed extensive historical research to provide background information on World War I and the development of the munitions.

THE PANEL

Joining Durrin on the panel will be Mark Baker, US Army Corps of Engineers Spring Valley historian; investigative reporter Charlie Bermpohl; Thomas M. Smith, ANC Commissioner 3D02 for Spring Valley, American University, and Westover Place; Deborah Thomas, Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Administration in the District Department of the Environment; and Dr. Paul F. Walker, director of the Security & Sustainability program at Global Green USA.

DIRECTIONS

American University is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Parking is available across the street from the campus in the lot adjacent to the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church on Nebraska Avenue, NW. American University is also accessible by public transportation. Tenleytown-AU is the nearest metro station. A free shuttle bus runs between the metro station and the main campus every 10 to 15 minutes.

For more information about the Environmental Film Festival: www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org