DC Environmental Film Festival

Full Circle (National Museum of Women in the Arts)

Expired March 28, 2022 3:45 AM
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Co-presented with the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Screening includes a filmmaker Q&A with Anne Via McCollough (Director) and Joe DiCostanzo (Film Subject), moderated by Melani Douglass (Director of Public Programs, National Museum of Women in the Arts)

Celebrates one woman’s triumph in conservation: the Great Gull Island Project, Helen Hays’ 50-year quest to save two species of threatened seabirds. During her long term study, she vastly increased the numbers of nesting Roseate and Common Terns on a small, uninhabited island in Long Island Sound.

The film reveals the nesting season of terns up close - arrival, courtship, hatching, feeding, fledging - and highlights the myriad of volunteers fostered and inspired by Hays over the decades; her extensive collaboration with scientists in Argentina, Brazil and the Azores; and also her remarkable and heartwarming connection with a small fishing village on the north coast of Brazil. Hays’ dedication has helped complete an important circle, not only in conservation efforts, but also in connecting people from all over the globe… people who were once strangers, are now friends and colleagues working together for a common cause.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    76 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    D.C. Premiere
  • Director
    Anne Via McCollough