Chesapeake, The

2014 Films

World Premiere

Chesapeake, The

Sandy Cannon-Brown

1:30 PM

Presented with: the National Museum of Natural History’s Ocean Initiative

Venue: National Museum of Natural History

The Chesapeake

Presented in conjunction with the National Museum of Natural History’s Ocean Initiative.

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Introduced by Tom Jordan, Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

WHAT IS A DEAD ZONE? (USA, 2013, 10 min.) Dive into the Chesapeake Bay with Philippe Cousteau and scientists from the Oyster Recovery Partnership, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to explore a phenomenon that threatens our global oceans: dead zones. Produced by EarthEcho International.

ECO-SYSTEMS ON THE EDGE: A NUTRIENT ODYSSEY (USA, 2013, 7 min.) Nutrients usually sustain life–until they flood the water, creating harmful algal blooms and dead zones. Smithsonian ecologist Tom Jordan walks through the journey nutrients take from the air, farms, cities and streams into Chesapeake Bay. Produced by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Introduced by filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown.


After centuries of over-harvesting, and recurring bouts of devastating diseases, oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay plummeted along with the profits of the industry and the health of the Bay. Now in some areas of the Bay, native oysters are more abundant and fewer are dying from disease. In 2013, more than a billion hatchery-raised baby oysters were added to the Bay and new breeds of disease-resistant, meatier, faster-growing oysters are thriving in commercial aquaculture. What will it take to bring back one of the Bay’s most ecologically important organisms? Culture and ecology clash in this captivating story about one of the Bay’s most important critters. Directed and produced by Sandy Cannon-Brown.

Panel discussion, moderated by Elizabeth Gray, Executive Director, MD/DC Chapter, The Nature Conservancy, with filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown; Allie Toomey, Education Coordinator, EarthEcho; Mark Bryer, Chesapeake Bay Program Director, The Nature Conservancy, and Tom Jordan follows screening.

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National Museum of Natural History

Baird Auditorium

10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW

(Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)

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