Reposted from Jekyll Island Authority

Jekyll Island, Ga – The Jekyll Island Authority is rolling out the green carpet for its fourth annual Jekyll Island Green Screen, a one-of-a-kind environmental research and film festival, presented in association with Athens’ acclaimed EcoFocus Film Festival. This free public event will take place Saturday, March 19, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the historic Morgan Center on Jekyll Island, Ga.

Racing Extinction,” this year’s feature film from Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos, uses state-of-the-art equipment and a team of artists and activists to show never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction.

“We are thrilled to have a high-profile feature film this year,” said Ben Carswell, JIA Director of Conservation. “’Racing Extinction’ is a powerful film with a poignant message that resonates within anyone who cares about the beauty and diversity of life on Earth.”

The event will open with a showing of “The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida.” This film follows three friends who leave civilization to follow in the footsteps of a wandering Florida black bear and become immersed in a vast and unexplored wildlife corridor stretching from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border. The rugged thousand-mile journey by foot, paddle, and bike traverses Florida’s Forgotten Coast – a wilderness that has the potential to transform the way we see the natural world.

Following the opening film, guests will enjoy engaging discussion during a curated poster presentation session. Light refreshments will be served and researchers will share recent findings from around the coastal region in fields such as wildlife ecology, coastal geology, and botany. A casual setting will promote conversation between the presenters and our guests about the value of research to the coastal community.

Guests will have a chance to attend a curated poster session and ask questions of researchers.

Guests will have a chance to attend a curated poster session and ask questions of researchers.

The evening will close with a showing of “Racing Extinction” followed by a live question-and-answer session to connect the audience with the award-winning filmmakers.

Green Screen is free and open to the public. New this year, tickets are required to attend. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information, visit the website.

This event is made possible in part through partnerships with Georgia Sea Grant, The Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program, ECOGIG and other local conservation partners.

Jekyll Island is a unique, state-owned barrier island that balances conserving and preserving natural, historic, and cultural resources, with providing recreation, vacation, and educational opportunities for the people of Georgia and beyond.