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Jekyll Island Green Screen Film Event Focuses on Earth in the Balance

Second annual event features two film screenings and a cocktail reception

with presentations by coastal Georgia researchers.

 The second annual Jekyll Island Green Screen, presented by the acclaimed EcoFocus Film Festival, will feature two thought-provoking films about Earth’s beauty and fragile existence.

untitledThe March 1 double-feature event at the Jekyll Island Convention Center is free and open to the public.

This year, “Wings of Life” and “Into the Gyre” will be shown, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Between the two films, the audience will enjoy a reception that includes presentations by researchers working on Jekyll Island and throughout the Georgia coast.Into the Gyre Poster

“Successful implementation of the Jekyll Island Conservation Plan relies on an engaged and informed public,” stated Ben Carswell, Director of Conservation for the Jekyll Island Authority. “The Green Screen event provides a unique opportunity for the public to learn about globally important conservation issues and interact with the local research and conservation community in a casual, friendly and fun setting.”

Wings of Life,” narrated by Meryl Streep, opens the Green Screen program with elements of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Through astounding cinematography, the film depicts the intimate relationship between pollinators and plants that is essential to life on Earth.

Into the Gyre” tracks the five-week expedition by a team of scientists investigating plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Ocean and studying its effects on marine ecosystems. The film has been screened at numerous international film festivals and was awarded the Best Picture prize from the 2012 Scinema Festival of Science Film in Australia.

Following the viewing of “Into the Gyre,” a panel of experts will discuss the film and answer questions.

This event is made possible through the generous support and engagement of Georgia Sea Grant, EcoFocus Film Festival, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve – Coastal Training Program, the Jekyll Island Authority, One Hundred Miles, the Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative, Surfrider Foundation – Atlanta Chapter, and Keep Brunswick – Golden Isles Beautiful.

The EcoFocus Film Festival, held annually in Athens, Ga., presents films that reveal the planet’s beauty and the environmental challenges facing current and future generations, as well as the inspirational stories of people working to protect the environment and its inhabitants. The mission of EcoFocus is to inform and inspire audiences about environmental issues through film.

March 1 Schedule of Events

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Wings of Life film screening

4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Cocktail reception and coastal research showcase

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Into the Gyre film screening and discussion

Location: Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 North Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527

To learn more about the second annual Jekyll Island Green Screen, visit www.jekyllisland.com/ai1ec_event/ecofocus-film-festival-presents-the-jekyll-island-green-screen/?instance_id=126 or email Ben Carswell at bcarswell@jekyllisland.com.