For the last three years, the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival has brought together activists, experts filmmakers, non-governmental enthusiasts, representatives of the public and private sector, youth, scholars, and audiences from all walks of life to learn about the protection of biodiversity and sustainability through film.
This year’s WCFF will take place at NYIT with free workshops in Lecture Hall West on the NYC Campus on October 18. One of the workshops will feature Dyson Media and Communication Arts Professor Maria Luskay, EdD, and Pace Academy Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding Andrew Revkin, who both traveled to Baja during the spring to film a documentary on sea turtle poaching, which has been screened at various festivals since its spring debut.
Workshops will be held as follows:
Orion Magazine: “Rewilding the Planet”
J.B. MacKinnon discussion and book signing
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Join author James MacKinnon and Orion magazine Editor Jennifer Sahn as they discuss his numerous Orion essays about wildlife, the documentary film he helped produce in 2012, Bear 71, and his new book The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be, which has been shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize. A native of British Columbia, MacKinnon has thought long and well about how humanity relates to its fellow animals, and his book charts a path to a saner relationship. Orion has been called “America’s finest environmental magazine” and has won numerous awards. MacKinnon’s book will be available and he will sign copies after the event.
Maria Luskay, EdD, and Andy Revkin
Pace University faculty
Viva la Tortuga
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
¡Viva la Tortuga! Meshing Conservation and Culture in Magdalena Bay, a documentary by a Pace University student team, chronicles how coastal communities in rural Mexico that once depended on sea turtle poaching and other activities depleting the region’s rich natural resources are now testing a new economic model, one built around fishing with turtle conservation in mind and tourism focused on the area’s extraordinary marine life.
The short film provides an intimate portrait of Grupo Tortuguero, a coalition of groups in the region working to balance economic advancement with environmental protection and striving to create a better life for both the community and the endangered sea turtles. More on the film can be found on the New York Times “Dot Earth” blog: “Can Technology and Tourism Sustain Mexico’s Sea Turtles?”.
Advanced registration is required. RSVP at http://bit.ly/1bzX6Hk.