SOURCE: Sense of Wonder Productions LLC

March 03, 2009 09:00 ET

Los Angeles Premiere of Film Honoring Rachel Carson, the Woman Who Launched the Modern Environmental Movement

"A Sense of Wonder," Filmed by Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler, Released Nationwide During National Women's History Month in a 100-City Tour

LOS ANGELES, CA--(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 19, Los Angeles premiere of "A Sense of Wonder" will feature a Q&A with star Kaiulani Lee, director Christopher Monger, producer Karen Montgomery and Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler. "Rachel Carson lives in this film," says Wexler. "Her words are contemporary and have a relevant urgency for all of us today."

The Los Angeles 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.

"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. "This film is remarkable. You cannot walk away unmoved," stated Bill Moyers. Drama critic Christopher Rawson says, "What Lee achieves in barely an hour is something rare -- she merges herself with Carson's spirit."

Screening details:

Thursday, March 19, 7:30p.m. at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater

9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, Calif., 90211

The screening is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat email senseofwonderrsvp@gmail.com.

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 www.asenseofwonderfilm.com.

For a complete list of screenings, or for information on hosting a screening, please visit www.asenseofwonderfilm.com.

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 www.nwhp.org.

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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