SOURCE: Sense of Wonder Productions LLC

February 18, 2009 09:00 ET

March 2009 National Women's History Month Features New Film Honoring Rachel Carson, the Woman Who Launched the Modern Environmental Movement

100 "Sense of Wonder" Screenings Nationwide Celebrate Today's Women Leaders Who Are Saving the Planet

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 18, 2009) - 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."

March activities celebrating Rachel Carson include 100 nationwide screenings of the newly released film, "A Sense of Wonder." The film depicts Rachel Carson in the last year of her life, as she battles cancer and the chemical industry and focuses her final energy on getting her message to Congress and the American people in the wake of publishing "Silent Spring." "This film is absolutely remarkable. You cannot walk away unmoved," stated Bill Moyers.

"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."

March activities include three major city celebrations and film premieres:

--  Washington, D.C.: 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)
--  Los Angeles: Thursday, March 19, 7:30p.m. at the Laemmle Music Hall
    Theater. (9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, Calif., 90211)
--  New York City: Friday, March 27, 7:30p.m. at Anthology Film Archives
    Theater. (32 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street, New York, New York, 10003)
    

Each screening is free and open to the public.

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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