SANTA FE, N.M. - The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) will kick off the celebration of its 25th Anniversary with the public screening of a short original film created by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Debra Anderson (director and producer of the documentary Split Estate). The screening will be held at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe on December 11th and will include an award presentation followed by a showing of Robert Redford’s classic screen adaptation of The Milagro Beanfield War.
“For twenty-five years, the Law Center has worked with communities in New Mexico to protect air, land and water. Because of the technical nature of our work, it’s a difficult story to tell.” says Shelbie Knox, NMELC Development Officer. “We are lucky to have worked with a filmmaker as skilled as Debra, because she really captures some of the compelling stories from the communities where we work, including our work with Santa Fe County residents during the Galisteo Basin oil and gas fight.”
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There will also be a presentation of the Karl Souder Water Protection Award. “This award began with an idea to honor hydrologist Karl Souder, who also worked with communities across the state to protect local water resources,“ says Douglas Meiklejohn, NMELC Executive Director. “After his death in 1991, we received an anonymous donation to give an award in Karl’s name.“ The award honors an outstanding individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the protection of New Mexico’s water.“
“We are pleased to be able to honor Marcy Leavitt with the Karl Souder Award,“ says Meiklejohn. “She richly deserves this Award for her long and illustrious career as a guardian of New Mexico’s water resources.“ Marcy Leavitt spent 23 years as an employee of the New Mexico Environment Department working for protection of the state’s ground and surface water resources. “She was a particularly strong advocate for protecting the quality of water threatened by activities such as mining,“ continues Meiklejohn, “and she used her knowledge and skills to address water quality issues effectively in a variety of proceedings. She also was a strenuous and effective advocate in the State Legislature, working to defeat proposals that would have weakened the state’s ability to protect surface water resources.“
The final phase of the evening will be a showing of Robert Redford’s screen adaptation of The Milagro Beanfield War.
$10 suggested donation.
WHERE: Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe
WHEN: December 11, 2012 at 6 PM
Purchase tickets by phone from the Center for Contemporary Arts at 505.982.1338 or at the box office. Come early, as seats are limited!
New Mexico Environmental Law Center
505-989-9022, ext. 29