“A Sense of Wonder” won praise at film festivals over the past few months, and now has premiered in a 100-city tour designed to get some attention for a near-documentary film, during National Women’s History Month.
Actress Kaiulani Lee painted her one-woman show on Rachel Carson on the big screen. The movie tells the story of Rachel Carson and the tremendous growth of environmental consciousness and activism following her 1962 book Silent Spring. Karen Montgomery produced, Christopher Monger directed, cinematography was done by Haskell Wexler (two-time Oscar winner, for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Bound for Glory).
(A screening is planned in Dallas on March 31 for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — but it’s a private screening. Only four other screenings in Texas have been scheduled.)
To find a screening near you, go to the “Sense of Wonder” interactive website, and click on “Screenings.” From there, either click on the list of sites, listed by date, at “100-city tour,” or click on the interactive map to find a site near you. You may also sign up to sponsor a screening.
If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.
Junk science advocates continue their international campaign of calumny and falsehoods against Carson and restrictions on the use of DDT. It would be good if this movie could get a circulation to persuade people to the facts of the matter.
- “Bill Moyers’ Journal” site with a profile of Carson, details of current controversies, a story about actress Kaiulani Lee, and much more.
- EcoChild’s Play, “Rachel Carson and a Sense of Wonder”
- A lot of resources, including PowerPoints, about Carson and her work, from the U.S. Fish and Wildllife Service
- MSNBC story about the Los Angeles premiere for the film
- Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Café Scientifique