Sharks Take Center Stage at UM’s Cosford Cinema
Stunning Documentary & Discussion Focus on Ocean’s Most Mysterious and Magnificent Creatures
August 30, 2011
MIAMI — The R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami (UM) hosts an exclusive, one night only South Florida showing of the This Is Your Ocean: Sharks at the Bill Cosford Cinema on Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. where world-renowned marine wildlife artist Dr. Guy Harvey and eight-year-old Oceana Ocean Hero Sophi Bromenshenkel will be painting together live. The artwork they create will be auctioned at the end of the evening, after a Q&A session that will feature Dr. Harvey and shark expert Jim Abernethy who appear in the documentary, Emmy¨ Award Winning Writer, Editor and Director Geroge C. Shellenger, and R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program Director and UM Faculty Member Dr. Neil Hammerschlag. Proceeds from the event will benefit the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program.
Narrated by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, the documentary takes you on an adventure with renowned marine life artists Dr. Guy Harvey and Wyland, and shark expert Jim Abernethy. The film focuses on the global plight of sharks, their critical role in the marine ecosystem, and introduces audiences to a 14-foot tiger shark named Emma.
“Sharks are one of the most threatened groups of marine animals on the planet,” said Hammershlag. “As apex-predators at the top of the food chain, they play an important role in maintaining the health and balance of our oceans. The majority of the public is unaware of this dire situation and this documentary is an entertaining and informative way to generate the attention that shark conservation deserves.”
The Q&A after the screening will be moderated by 2011 National Geographic Explorer of the Year and UM Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy Director Dr. Kenny Broad.
General admission tickets are $20 and UM student tickets are $10. A $2,000 donation can be made to purchase a shark satellite tag, as well as attend a VIP dinner following the screening. Reservations are are encouraged due to the limited seating. Kindly RSVP to Carla Lovinsky at 305-421-4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About UM and the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in 2009, the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program is a joint program of the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami. The mission of the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program is to advance ocean conservation and scientific literacy by combining cutting edge research and outreach activities. For more information or to get involved, please visit www.rjd.miami.edu.