Whaleback environmental film and art festival

Whaleback 2014:
Free Double Feature

Wednesday, May 21st from 6:30-8:30 pm

at the Portsmouth Public Library



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The Right Whale: Urbanizes
(Run time: 14 minutes)

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Whaleback Festival opens with a screening of The Right Whale: Urbanizes, a short film by high-school senior, Noelle Anderson. Edited and directed by Anderson when she was sixteen, this 14-minute film outlines the history and future of the North Atlantic Right Whale.

Researchers Scott Krauss and Rosalind Rolland of the New England Aquarium narrate the film, examining the threats that the North Atlantic Right Whale has faced over the past two centuries, as well as the solutions that need to be further researched.


(Run time: 72 minutes)

* Filmmaker Mariah Wilson joins us for a Q and A following the screening.


How do you approach an angry 15-foot python? Are chimpanzees really ticklish?

Brooklyn, NY filmmaker Mariah Wilson answers these questions and raises many more in her heartfelt eco-adventure documentary, Volunteer.

Wilson's film is quick-paced and entertaining, bringing us with her on a journey to see how - for the price of a plane ticket - we can help affect global change.

"After stumbling across a sea turtle conservation program while on a trip in Costa Rica, I was inspired to embark on my own environmental adventure," Wilson explains. Setting off on a volunteering voyage, she experienced two conservation programs on opposite sides of the world. One of those programs focused on endangered and threatened animals in Africa and the other on coral reefs in Fiji.

"Not knowing what I might find," she continues, "I decided to bring a small camera along and make a volunteering video diary of my experiences in order to inspire others to make their own cross-continental conservation excursions."

The result is an engaging film that brings the audience behind the scenes with her to raise a young serval kitten, clean python cages, count butterflyfish along a coral reef, and even get an underwater teeth cleaning.

Wilson joins us for the Whaleback Festival to introduce us to her film and participate in an informal filmmaker Q & A following the screening. Volunteer has also been screened at the Red Rock Film Festival, Williamsburg International Film Festival, and was awarded a Jury Prize from the Honolulu Film Awards.

Volunteer Trailer:

To find out about her next film, visit the Volunteer website.



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