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Feb. 14 - "Shore Stories" Film Screening in Savannah, GA Feb. 22

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 14, 2018 - On Feb. 22, local organizations Savannah Riverkeeper and Ogeechee Riverkeeper will host a screening of Shore Stories, a film series and organizing initiative that uses short documentary films to build public opposition to the Trump administration’s plans to expand offshore drilling. The six short films, curated by Working Films and allied organizations, highlight the growing grassroots movement building across the U.S. They’ll be shown starting at 6:30 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 22 at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in the Gardens, 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Savannah, Georgia 31401.

These efforts follow an announcement from the Trump administration early this year to expand offshore drilling to the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, as well as the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Shore Stories events will be used to drive turnout and public participation during the 60-day public comment period on the proposal, which is ongoing now through March 9, 2018. The Shore Stories screening at Ships of the Sea Museum will give the public tools to express their opposition during this critical decision window, including how to submit comments and other opportunities for engagement, as well as a discussion led by local coastal advocates.

Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus stressed the implications of the proposal on Georgia and South Carolina’s coastal-based economies and ecosystems, saying, “The extraction of fossil fuels comes at an unnecessary risk and high price to our communities, ecosystems and climate. It is a price that, increasingly, our people are not willing to pay.”

Frank Knapp Jr., president of the Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast representing more than x coastal businesses and municipalities who oppose the plan, has said, “Clearly, every one of these states has an economy that is driven by tourism tied to their coasts. Each one of the states has its own unique coast that provides a vibrant tourism, commercial fishing and recreation economy that is incompatible with offshore drilling for oil with its inevitable leaks and spills.”

A full list of the featured short films, including preview links, is below:

Shore Stories Films
1. Protect The Atlantic - By Assateague Coastal Trust
2. Slow Season - By John Fiege
3. After the Spill - (Excerpt) - By Jon Bowermaster
4. Sonic Sea - (Excerpt)  - By NRDC & Imaginary Forces, with IFAW and Diamond Docs
5. Protecting the Atlantic - By Swell Productions for the Surfrider Foundation
6. Wave of Opposition Against Offshore Drilling - By Oceana

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