Florida Sea Grant and Beneath the Waves will host an entirely ocean-related film festival, titled “Living on the Edge: Striking a Balance Between the Economy and the Environment,” July 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the J.W. Reitz Union Auditorium.
Living in a densely-populated coastal state puts Floridians in a tough predicament. In a state that relies on tourism, fishing and coastal real estate, economic interests are balanced with environmental interests. Those interested in learning more about the environmental issues facing Florida are encouraged to attend.
The event will consist of three short films, each portraying a different coastal environmental issue. After each film, scientists from the University of Florida and Stetson University will provide commentary and answer audience questions about the films as well as about environmental issues Floridians are facing.
One of the films was produced by Sami Kattan, a local Gainesville filmmaker who will also be discussing his film-making process.
Doors open at 5:30 and film screenings will start promptly at 6:30. The event is free, open to the public and family-friendly.