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May 4, 2012

Environmental Film Series Begins May 12

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre presents a series of environmental films designed to inform, educate and entertain. There will be a total of four films presented, one each month through August. The series begins with:

  • Surviving Progress. Technological advancement, economic development, population increase – are they signs of a thriving society or too much of a good thing? Based on the best-selling book “A Short History of Progress,” this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding viewers through a sweeping but detailed survey of the major “progress traps” facing our civilization in the areas of technology, economics, consumption and the environment. Featuring such visionaries as Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Hawking, Craig Venter, Robert Wright, Michael Hudson and Ronald Wright, this is an enlightening and visually spectacular film. 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. on May 12 and 13, and 4:45 and 6:30 p.m. on May 14, 15 and 16.
  • Jane’s Journey. It would be hard to name anyone who has had more of an impact in the realm of animal research and wildlife conservation than Jane Goodall, whose 45-year study of wild chimpanzees in Africa is legendary. In “Jane’s Journey,” filmmakers travel with her across several continents, from her childhood home in England, to the Gombe National Park in Tanzania where she began her groundbreaking research and where she returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her famous. Featuring a range of interviews and spectacular footage from her private collection, “Jane’s Journey” is an inspiring portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon. 4:10 and 6:15 p.m. on June 5, 6, 7 and 8, and at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on June 9.

    For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit

    In 1999, Colonial Williamsburg benefactors Gretchen and the late Bill Kimball made a major gift to renovate the historic facility and to transform it into the multipurpose Kimball Theatre. The 35-seat screening room was underwritten by a grant from the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation. Other generous donors continue to make gifts to endow Kimball Theatre programming. Their names are listed on plaques in the theater lobby.

    Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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