Series 12 - New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
4th Annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
A unique conservation, cultural and entertainment event.
Sundau, October 20
"Field Spotlight: President Anote Tong, of Kiribat, A Lifelong Fisherman"
John Martin, Rebecca Field, Peter Stonier & Sebastian Perry, Producers
* World Premiere
President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati, a Pacific Island nation, is leading the formation of the Pacific Oceanscape an action plan for marine conservation that impacts almost 40 million square kilometers (more than 15 million square miles), a territory larger than Canada, the United States and Mexico combined.
"Cuba: The Accidental Eden"
Fred Kaufman, Executive Producer
For decades, Cuba's wild landscapes lay untouched while its neighbors destroyed their ecological riches. Now, Cuba's priceless treasures are about to face an onslaught. Tourism is already on the rise and most experts predict tourism will double once the US trade embargo ends. What will happen to Cuba's stunning biodiversity an island filled with amphibians, reptiles and the most biologically diverse freshwater fish in the region? Dr. David E. Guggenheim spends a good part of the year studying the biodiversity of Cuba's reef system.
"Sending the Gungu Home"
* World Premeire
World Wildlife Fund-Australia has joined forces with the Queensland community to help saveAustralia's beloved marine turtles living in the Great Barrier Reef. Some are starving to death with the disappearance of feeding areas, while a virus called "fibropapilloma" is causing lesions and tumors. Sadly, little is known about marine turtles, which is why researchers and local groups are racing against time to find out more about what is going on. Townsville's Turtle Hospital Reef HQ is also trying to rehabilitate sick turtles, so this story is also about the joy that is felt, when a turtle recovers and is sent home.
"Disaster at Nightingale"
Ocean Doctor Production
Dr. David Guggenheim
* New York Premeire
"Diaster at Nightingale: How Tragedy Found the World's Remotest Island" While on an expedition in the South Atlantic from the tip of South America to the tip of South Africa, marine scientist Dr. David E. Guggenheim witnessed and filmed the worst environemental disaster of his life. a Maltese freighter ran aground at Nightingasle Island that has the seconf largest concentratiion of seabirds in the world, home to 65 percent of the world's population of the endangered Northern Rockhopper penguin.
Beloved and iconic, it is a surpirse to many that most penguin species are in trouble and have declined by as much as 90 percent since the 1950s. This film is a about an ecological catastrophe that few know has occurred, in a place that few know exists, resulting from a global threat that fewer are aware of.
* Q & A with Dr. David E. Guggenheim
NYIT Auditorium (View)
1871 Broadway (between 61st and 62nd streets)
New York, NY 10023
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