About one hundred people attended a reception, film screening and panel discussion/question-and-answer session on Thursday night, November 30 at Mother Brook Arts and Community Center. The purpose was to examine a portrayal of one of the most urgent environmental and economic issues in contemporary society.
The film is titled ‘Chasing Coral,’ and it focuses on the intensifying disappearance of coral reefs from the world’s oceans. It is the third movie shown within RISE Documentary Film Series at MBACC since mid-September.
Amy Beckwith of Dedham, a member of the seven-person committee coordinating the films, spoke with the media briefly about the purpose and scope of the series. “We call it advocacy cinema, so that you can take an issue and think about it, and then give them (viewers) directions on how to take some action. The whole idea is to make improvements.
“Our first film was about sex trafficking. There’s a bill… to try to close a loophole” which enables that crime to persist, she said. “So we’re taking action on that one. The second film was about the opioid crisis. We have a lot of ways for people to take action on that, too.” She added that the series will last for two further films beyond ‘Chasing Coral,’ to be screened in the upcoming months.
Pictured here at the reception before the screening of ‘Chasing Coral’ are, from left to right: Linda Cabot, a member of both the RISE Committee and New England Aquarium Board of Trustees; Amy Beckwith, a member of the RISE Committee; Daniel Brown, climate change program coordinator at Mass Audubon; Donna Hazard, Interim President/Chief Executive Officer/Chair of the Board of Trustees of New England Aquarium; William ‘Billy’ Spitzer, Ph.D., Vice President of Programs, Exhibits, and Planning at New England Aquarium; and Randi Rotjan, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and the Marine Program at Boston University. Hazard, Rotjan, Spitzer and Brown were among the experts taking part in a panel discussion with the audience after the movie.
For further information about the series, please visit www.risedocfilms.org.