FILM: A SENSE OF WONDER about the life of Rachel Carson

FILM: A SENSE OF WONDER about the life of Rachel Carson

Postby Oscar » Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:11 pm

FILM: A SENSE OF WONDER about the life of Rachel Carson

Announcing the March DVD release of A SENSE OF WONDER about the life of Rachel Carson, and the accompanying 100-City Tour!

In March, this year’s National Women’s History Month will honor Rachel Carson, the pioneer of the modern environmental movement. Carson’s bestseller Silent Spring led to the banning of the chemical DDT, the creation of the Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the birth of the organic food movement. Al Gore writes in his foreword to the thirtieth anniversary edition of Silent Spring, “Without this book, the environmental movement may never have developed at all.” Sense of Wonder Productions is teaming up with the National Women's History Project to host 100 screenings & events across the country entitled "An Evening with Rachel Carson." It's an opportunity to revisit the origins of the modern environmental movement, and learn how Carson's message can inspire us for generations to come.

A Sense of Wonder is an intimate portrait of pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson during the last year of her life, as she battles cancer and the chemical industry in the wake of publishing Silent Spring, one of the most influential books of the 20th century. The Center for Food Safety is proud to be working with Sense of Wonder Productions in spreading the word about this poignant and important film.

The deluxe edition DVD of this new 55-minute film will be released March 1st, along with special features including: a visit with Carson's adopted son Roger, an interview with former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, and a short companion film titled Lessons from Carson featuring scientist Dr. David Suzuki, author Richard Louv, the Center for Food Safety’s Andrew Kimbrell, Beyond Pesticides’ Jay Feldman, NRDC co-founder Gus Speth, and scientist Theo Colborn
(go to to watch a trailer of the film and many extras). DVDs will be on sale at all of the screenings, and are available for purchase on the website as well.

What does this film have to do with you? Here are some things our friends and members are doing to promote the film and Rachael Carson’s amazing environmental legacy for Women’s History Month this March.

1 – Attend a screening! Check out the interactive map to find a screening near you
(See list of Canadian screenings below. EH)

2 -- Host a screening! (It's easy!) To learn how to participate in the 100-city tour, visit or email Caitlin Boyle at

3 -- Spread the word! Tell your friends and encourage folks to host and attend screenings. For more information

What People Are Saying About A Sense of Wonder

"Rachel Carson taught us that the natural world and human society are, indeed, interdependent and indivisible, and moreover that we have an obligation as stewards of the environment to safeguard and protect the world around us,” said Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine. “This responsibility has been passed from generation to generation and as such constitutes the cornerstone of her legacy that endures. And in that light, I couldn't be more pleased that Rachel Carson's remarkable story has been adapted for the screen in A Sense of Wonder, so more people may learn about her life and the guiding principles that shaped it and that continue to inspire us all."

A Sense of Wonder stars Broadway, film and television actress Kaiulani Lee. Using Carson’s own words, Lee’s portrait of Carson is historically accurate and powerfully moving. Noted drama critic Christopher Rawson says, “What Lee achieves in barely an hour is something rare—she merges herself with Carson’s spirit.”

About The National Women’s History Project

The National Women's History Project (NWHP), founded in 1980, is an educational nonprofit organization. The NWHP is the catalyst, the content provider, the behind-the-scenes director of a myriad of activities promoting women as leaders and influential forces in our society. Over the past 28 years, the NWHP, founded in Santa Rosa, California, has established a nationwide presence as the number one resource for information and material about the unfolding roles of women in American history. The NWHP leads both local and national efforts, consults, publishes, distributes, inspires, advises, and networks with a wide variety of institutions and activists in the field. For more information, please visit


A Sense of Wonder: An Evening With Rachel Carson

THE 100-CITY TOUR Screening



March 3, 2009 - North Bay, Ontario - 6:30 pm
Presented by Nipissing University 100 College Drive
Contact: Dr. Dean Bavington (705) 494-9651

March 8, 2009 - Salmon Arm, BC – Time: TBA
Presented by Shuswap Food Action
Salmar Classic Theatre 360 Alexander NE
Contact: Jen Gamble (250) 833-1158

March 12, 2009 - Toronto, Ontario - Time: TBA
Presented by York University Faculty of Environmental Studies
Nat Taylor Cinema, Ross Building, York University 4700 Keele Street
Contact: John Vainstein (416) 736-2100

March 17, 2009 – Camrose, Alberta - 7:30 pm
Presented by Augustana Faculty, University of Alberta
Augustana Faith and Life Centre, 4901- 46 Ave
Contact: Roxanne Harde (708) 679-1579

March 17 - Courtenay, British Columbia - Time TBA
World Community Development Education Society
Spring Film Series
Contact: Wayne Bradley (250) 337-5419

March 22, 2009 - Edmonton, Alberta - Time TBA
Presented by the Metro Cinema Society Zeidler Hall
Main Floor Citadel Theatre 9828 – 101 A. Avenue
Contact: Leslea Kroll (780) 425-9212

March 23, 2009 - Tofino, British Columbia - 8:00 pm
Presented by Clayoquet Sound Community Theatre Association
Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre 38 Campbell Street
Contact: Sandy Rideout (250) 725-3975

If you would like to apply to view Application Form for holding a Screening Event in your community, please go to:


Caitlin Boyle, A SENSE OF WONDER, 4903 Avenue F, Austin TX 78751

Fax: 212.202.3663 | Phone: 512.903.5177

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