Of Oysters and Watermen

CHESAPEAKE VILLAGES (USA, 2015, 30 min. ) World Premiere As one of the important centers of the U.S. seafood industry, the Chesapeake Bay has for centuries supported watermen, businesses and communities all along its shores. But catches of Chesapeake seafood are down, mostly due to poor water quality, and some bayside towns now face an uncertain future. Chesapeake Villages tells the stories of three such villages and their residents: В Deal Island, Crisfield, and Hoopers Island.В Produced by Vanina Harel, Shayna Muller, Nick Zachar and colleagues.

ADD ONE BACK (USA, 2014, 17 min.)В World PremiereВ The story of why one vegetarian decides to add aquaculture oysters to his diet. The foundation of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, oyster populations total less than one percent of historic numbers. Aquaculture oysters play a key role in filtering the Bayв’s nutrient, sediment and pollution. Supporting this uniqueВ local industry and its commitment to Chesapeake conservation became a no-brainer! Written and directed by Sam Sheline.

Panel discussion, hosted by Professor Chris Palmer, follows screenings. Panelists: filmmakers for both films and Professor Mike English, who taught the Center for Environmental Filmmaking class where Chesapeake Villages was produced for Maryland Public Television.

Saturday, March 28, 5:00 p.m.

FREE. No reservations required.

American University, School of Communication, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, Doyle/Forman Theater, 201 McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW (Metro: Tenleytown-AU, Shuttle bus service to AU)

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