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Finalists from ocean-themed short film contest to be screened March 25

March 20, 2017
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Finalist films from the 2017 Ripple Effect Film Project ocean-themed video contest will be showcased March 25 at 5 p.m. at the Morton Theatre.

The contest was launched last fall as a partnership between a team of UGA-based marine scientists and several local and statewide conservation agencies to promote increased understanding of the connection between human activities and ocean health.

The research consortium Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf includes 29 researchers from 15 institutions and is led by Samantha Joye, UGA Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences in Franklin College's department of marine sciences. In addition to cutting-edge scientific research on the Gulf of Mexico, a primary goal of the consortium is to engage with the public about the group's scientific activities and the importance of healthy ocean systems.

Filmmakers from around the state were asked to submit short films on a range of topics that connect human behavior to the health of the world's oceans, including transportation choices, clean waterways and the impact of choices around food, water and energy consumption.

The Ripple Effect Film Project was founded in 2013 by the Athens-Clarke County Office of Water Conservation in conjunction with EcoFocus Film Festival. Since then hundreds of filmmakers have had their films included in the annual "Blue Carpet Premiere" event in Athens. In addition to ECOGIG and Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation, presenting partners include Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Division and Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful.

Tickets to the event $5 and are available for advance purchase at www.mortontheatre.tix.com.

More information may be found at www.ecogig.org and www.rippleeffectfilmproject.org.

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