Series 9 - New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
4th Annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
A unique conservation, cultural and entertainment event.
"Saving the Oceans: Sacred Island"
Dr. Carl Safina, Producer
* World Premiere
"The Sacred Island" takes viewers to Zanzibar, off the East African coast, where local villagers fought a resort development in their pristine reefs and lagoons through a combination of activism, education, and regulation. It was a classic clash: resort development versus villages dependent on local reefs for their livelihood. But this time the villagers won. Once threatened by resort development, Pemba Island's spectacular reefs and lagoons World Heritage candidates are now managed by, and for, the fishermen. As series host Carl Safina finds out how it all happened, he fishes with the locals in traditional dhows and dugout canoes, and meets the island's influential Imams whose sermons preach how the Koran calls humans to be the stewards of Creation. Pemba's fishing families are all Muslim, and Safina believes this could be a key to ocean conservation in large parts of the world, where many fishing people also follow Islam.
"Plight of the North Atlantic Right Whale"
Jeff Mittelstadt, Producer
New York Premiere
There are fewer than 500 North Atlantic Right Whales left in the world. The suffer from entanglements in fishing gear, ship strikes and lack of designated critical habitat. Watch a whale freed from fishing net wrapped around its body, learn about their habitat, feeding habits and much more. The film includes interviews with scientific experts, lobstermen who have to change their fishing practices, whale advocates, ship captain who has to abide by a speed limit during whale migrations and more. Gain insight into the issues and information about policy, science, behavioral patterns and more as you watch these beautiful animals.
"Scars of Freedom"
Celine Cousteau, Producer
Produced by the grandaughter of Jacques Cousteau, this short is a vogage of a mother humpback and her calf after their encounter with a pod or orca's, their struggle for survival and their quest for freedom.
Blue Sphere Media
Shawn Heinricks, Producer
* New York Premiere
The Reef's End delivers a shocking behind-the-scenes look into overfishing and it devastating impact on our reefs. Viewers are delighted by stunning images of some the worlds most pristine reefs teaming with life. These images are juxtaposed with powerful and rarely captured footage of shark fining, turtle hunting, and reef fish exploitation on these very same reefs. Why does the destruction continue unchecked and will we act before it is too late
"Threatened: The Controversial Struggle of the Southern Sea Otter"
Palomar College Television
* World Premiere
After being brought back from the brink of extinction, sea otters are once again in peril. An unprecedented number of sea otter moralities have occurred along the California coast since 2010. Like crime detectives, a team of scientists are anxiously searching for the causes of the mysterious deaths.
But not everyone wants to support a thriving sea otter population. Otters are at the center of a bitter controversy regarding the Fish & Wildlife Services recent decision to eliminate their "No Otter Zone" from Southern California Waters
* Q & A with Dr. Carl Safina
NYIT Auditorium (View)
1871 Broadway (between 61st and 62nd streets)
New York, NY 10023
|Minimum Age: 5|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|