SOURCE: Sense of Wonder Productions LLC

March 03, 2009 06:00 ET

D.C. Premiere of Film Honoring Rachel Carson, the Woman Who Launched the Modern Environmental Movement

"A Sense of Wonder" Released Nationwide During National Women's History Month in a 100-City March Tour

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - March 3, 2009) - The new film "A Sense of Wonder" depicts scientist and author Rachel Carson in the last year of her life as she battles cancer and the chemical industry in the wake of publishing "Silent Spring." Carson's bestseller 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 30th anniversary edition of "Silent Spring," "Without this book, the environmental movement may never have developed at all."

The March 18, Washington, D.C., premiere of "A Sense of Wonder" will feature a Q&A with star Kaiulani Lee, who wrote the historically accurate film using Carson's own words. "This film is remarkable. You cannot walk away unmoved," stated Bill Moyers.

The D.C. premiere coincides with 100 nationwide screenings as part of National Women's History Month, in which Carson is remembered for inspiring the United States' major environmental laws and educating the public about the risks posed by chemical pesticides. Carson was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian by the U.S. government.

"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."

Screening details:

Wednesday, March 18, 7p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery. Co-sponsored by the Environmental Film Festival.

8th & F Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

The screening is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat email

The deluxe edition DVD of this new 55-minute film will be released March 1, 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. The DVD will be available for sale at each screening, as well as at

For a complete list of screenings, or for information on hosting a screening, please visit

About 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

About Kaiulani Lee

Kaiulani Lee brings to "A Sense of Wonder" more than 35 years of experience in theatre, film and television. Ms. Lee has starred in over a dozen plays on and off-Broadway, has won the OBIE Award for outstanding achievement off-Broadway, and has appeared in television programs and films ranging from "Law & Order" to "The World According to Garp" and "A Midwife's Tale." Alarmed by continued reports of widespread environmental degradation despite the growth of the "green" movement, Kaiulani Lee wrote the play "A Sense of Wonder" to bring Rachel Carson's message to the foreground. She has been performing the play for audiences across the world, and last year it was filmed on location at Carson's cottage by award winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler.

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