Friends of "My Village, My Lobster"!
We hope this update finds you very well. We've had a very busy last couple of months and we wanted to give our amazing donors/contributors a quick run-down on where we've been and what we've been up to:
Our brand-new website is up and running with the trailer, film info, filmmaker bios, video extras and lots of pertinent information relating to the lobster issue in the Caribbean. If you haven't seen it, please check it out here: www.thelobsterfilm.com. We're also on Twitter, too: @TheLobsterFilm. Also, if you're not friends with us on Facebook, please visit our page at: www.facebook.com/thelobsterfilm, "Like" it, and share it with your friends and social networks. Thanks a ton.
We were very fortunate to have screened as an Official Selection at the DC Environmental Film Festival to a full theater on March 17th. Soon after we had our Nicaraguan premiere at Casa 3 Mundos in Granada which was also to a full theater and featured a very lively Q&A in both Spanish and English.
Other screenings have included:
-The United Nations Development Program Marine Protected Area Conference in San Andres, Colombia (April 26, 2012)
-Official Selection and Screening at Seaflower Ecocultural Fest in Old Providence, Colombia (April 28, 2012)
-A campus screening at the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus to Biology students (March 15, 2012)
-Official Selection, International Wildlife Film Festival. In addition to the film screening, we organized a panel discussion with Dr. Matias Nochetto from Divers Alert Network, Dr. Elmer Mejia from La Bendicion Health Clinic in La Ceiba, Honduras and Dr. Don Behringer, a lobster biologist from the University of Florida. The panel discussion was a huge success, and the audience was very engaged. During the festival, we had the chance to meet Sylvia Earle (a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, TED prize winner, Time magazine Hero for the Planet, and founder of Mission Blue and the Sylvia Earle Alliance) and begin some initial talks with Mission Blue on outreach activities moving forward.
Looking down the road, we're honored and excited to have been chosen as an Official Selection for the 2012 BLUE Ocean Film Festival in Monterrey, California in September, as well as a planned screening with the US Dept of Labor and NOAA for late June in DC.
Our partnership with Divers Alert Network (dan.org
) has turned out to be a great relationship. We're looking forward to more opportunities to engage their community of divers with the issues covered in our film. In addition, we're hoping to return to the Caribbean this fall with DAN for a series of screenings and panel discussions during the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival.
And last but not least, we're steadily updating our Youtube channel with clips from the film. Our latest is an interview with Dr. Enrique Beteta, Secretary General, Nicaraguan Ministry of Health. Our supporters get the first look before we publish to the world. You can watch the exclusive interview here:
Thank you all for your continued support. Without you, none of this would have been possible.
-Josh and Brad.