LEWISTON — Did fumes from Maine’s polluted rivers really peel the paint off houses?

Why did the 6,000 billboards that once lined Maine roads disappear?

How has Maine led the battle against climate change?

These and other environmental issues are addressed in the documentary film “Protecting the Nature of Maine: Fifty Years of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.” The film featuring some of Maine’s most important environmental victories and the people who helped to make them possible will be shown Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Bates College.

The showing in Keck Classroom in Pettingill Hall, 4 Andrews Road, is offered to the public free of charge. An RSVP is requested, however, by e-mailing [email protected]

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., with the movie to start at 7 p.m.

The half-hour documentary was produced entirely in Maine and contains stunning footage, including Rockport’s Beech Hill, Mt. Katahdin, Moosehead Lake and Acadia National Park. It also features dozens of interviews with citizens across the state who demonstrate what can be achieved when concerned people come together for a cause.

The filmmakers, all from Maine, are director Richard Kane (Maine Masters) and script writer Veronica Young (NOVA, National Geographic Channel), with scenic cinematography by Jeff Dobbs and an original score by Grammy Award-winner Paul Sullivan.


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