Source: Sense of Wonder Productions LLC news release

The new film, "A Sense of Wonder," depicts scientist and author Rachel Carson in the last year of her life as she battles cancer and the chemical industry in the wake of publishing "Silent Spring."

Carson's bestseller led to the banning of the chemical DDT, the creation of the Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the birth of the organic food movement.

Al Gore writes in his foreword to the 30th anniversary edition of "Silent Spring,": "Without this book, the environmental movement may never have developed at all."

The March 18, Washington, D.C., premiere of the film will feature a Q&A with star Kaiulani Lee, who wrote the historically accurate film using Carson's own words.

The premiere coincides with 100 nationwide screenings as part of National Women's History Month, in which Carson is remembered for inspiring the United States' major environmental laws and educating the public about the risks posed by chemical pesticides. Carson was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian by the U.S. government.

Screening details:
Wednesday, March 18, 7p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery. Co-sponsored by the Environmental Film Festival.
8th & F Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

The screening is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat e-mail

The deluxe edition DVD of this new 55-minute film, released March 1, features: a visit with Carson's adopted son Roger, an interview with former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall and a short companion film titled "Lessons from Carson" featuring scientist Dr. David Suzuki, author Richard Louv, the Center for Food Safety's Andrew Kimbrell, Beyond Pesticides' Jay Feldman, NRDC co-founder Gus Speth and scientist Theo Colborn. The DVD will be available for sale at each screening, as well as at