Environmental Film Series Kicks Off In Berlin Jan. 30

BERLIN — Assateague Coastal Trust will be sponsoring a series of environmental film screenings during the first two months of 2014.

Kicking off on Jan. 30 with a free film event at The Globe in Berlin, the series will continue on Feb. 21 with the 3rd Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Seacrets’ Morley Hall and will conclude with a special family-focused version of the Wild and Scenic Festival on Feb. 22 to be held at the Sarbanes Center near the entrance to Assateague Island.

The series launch at The Globe on Jan. 30 will feature award-winning “Sharks: Stewards of the Reef” produced by local filmmaker Holiday Johnson. This film examines escalating threats to shark populations including habitat destruction and overfishing.

Johnson, who also sits on ACT’s Board of Directors, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions from the audience. Admission for the film is free, but attendees are encouraged to come early and stay after for dinner at The Globe. A portion of the proceeds from dinner and drinks that night will be donated to support ACT’s local advocacy and education activities.

The expanded two-day Wild and Scenic Film Festival will begin on Friday, Feb. 21 at Seacrets’ Morley Hall in Ocean City with matinee and evening screenings of 13 short films. These films include compelling documentaries on local and global environmental issues; exciting kayak, skiing and mountaineering adventure films; and whimsical films sure to elicit smiles and laughter. Both the 2 p.m. matinee and 6 p.m. evening shows will offer discounted food and drink options, raffles and a silent auction.

The series will wrap up on Saturday, Feb. 22 with a 2:30 p.m. showing of three additional films from the Wild and Scenic Festival catalog designed to appeal to children and families. This screening will take place at the Sarbanes Center located next to the Assateague Island National Seashore Visitor Center.

Prior to the film event, ACT’s Coast Kids program will be offering a special Renewable Energy Lab for kids, a hands-on class where participants will build solar powered toy cars and models of water turbines, and learn how wind power works.

For more information on any of the film events, visit Assateague Coastal Trust online at ACTforBays.org or call 410-629-1538 for more details.