UA alumna is featured in 2016 Southern Exposure film festival

A series of short films relating to the environment in Alabama will screen this week in Birmingham, including a project made by a recent UA alumna.

The 2016 Southern Exposure Film Festival will take place Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Altamont School's Cabaniss-Kaul Center for the Arts. 

Each year, a group of young filmmakers are given a fellowship to create films relating to environmental issues about Alabama. University of Alabama alumna Mary D. Recio directed "Alabama the Beautiful," a film on Alabama's state park system and the constant threat it faces from funding cuts.

The films this year address a variety of topics. "Birmingham to the Gulf" is a look at our state's system of dams and river locks. "Waste Not Want Not" looks at Alabama's inefficient waste management procedures. "Herald of the Sea" is the first animated film in the history of the festival, and deals with the how oyster populations in the Gulf of Mexico have been affected since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. "Good Housekeeping" is a look at how energy policy relates to poverty in the state. Lastly, "What a Waste" examines the unsafe sewer system in our state.

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