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GSU to Host “Beneath the Waves Mini-Film Festival”

Beneath_the_Waves_correctedStunning footage of manta rays, sharks, Northern Right Whales, coral reefs, salt marshes, as well as many other organisms and ecosystems will be on display as the Institute for Coastal Plain Science, in collaboration with the Center for Sustainability, hosts the “Beneath the Waves Mini-Film Festival” on March 4, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Russell Union Theater on the GSU campus. Admission is absolutely free and everyone is welcome!

This unique marine science and conservation event will consist of seven short films ranging from 5 to 15 minutes long that will address both regional and international ocean issues. “We had so many great films to choose from that it was extremely difficult to narrow the list down to just a few. What this means however, is that we have some films with great footage of undersea life that also relay important messages about ocean health,” said Danny Gleason, Director of the Institute for Coastal Plain Science and one of the film festival co-organizers.

Afterward there will be an opportunity to discuss the films with ocean experts that include Mary Conley, Director of Marine Conservation for the Southeastern U.S. at the Nature Conservancy; Michael Denmark, Executive Director of the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia and local sport fisherman; Daniel Gleason, Director of the Institute for Coastal Plain Science at GSU; Scott Noakes, Research Scientist at the University of Georgia; and George Sedberry, Superintendent of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

The films shown will be provided by Beneath the Waves, Inc., a unique student-run, non-profit organization that has solicited hundreds of films from all over the world and has connected thousands of people from all walks of life and locations with the stories and issues facing our oceans. This is sure to be an educational and enjoyable evening.

For more information contact Daniel Gleason (dgleason@georgiasouthern.edu) or Lissa Leege (leege@georgiasouthern.edu). This event is brought to you in part by Student Sustainability Fees.

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