SCF and Mote Marine Lab Host Earth Day Celebration for Sarasota Film Festival

(Bradenton, Fla., April 12, 2012) — As a part of the 14th Annual Sarasota Film Festival, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host several film screenings and activities in recognition of Earth Day.

Films shown at Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5480 26th St. West, on Saturday, April 21, include “Otter 501”at 1 p.m., “How I Became an Elephant” at 3:30 p.m., and “Chasing Ice” at 7 p.m.

Following “Otter 501,” a question and answer session will be moderated by Dr. Michael Crosby, senior vice president for research at Mote Marine Laboratory. Crosby has more than 30 years of diverse research, teaching, science management and leadership experience.

The Mote Mobile Aquarium also will be displayed from noon – 3:30 p.m. The 1,200-gallon exhibit is a traveling touch tank that offers visitors an opportunity to hold live animals including starfish, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs and marine snails. It includes tropical and subtropical fish species such as queen angelfish, snook, hogfish, bar soldierfish and many other swimmers indigenous to Florida. Mote Mobile also offers facts about sea turtles, crabs and shells that live along Florida’s beaches.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Neel Performing Arts Center Box Office at 941-752-5252. Box office hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Film tickets are $12 and $8 for students. SFF youthFEST films are free for children 12 and under. Tickets will be on sale at the SCF Library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon – 2 p.m. through Wednesday, April 18, and at the Sarasota Film Festival Box Office, 1993 Main St., inside the lobby of the Regal Hollywood 20 in Downtown Sarasota, by phone at 941-366-6200 and online at

Description of SFF events at SCF:

"Women In Film: Fostering Collaboration and Creativity," 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 20, moderated by SCF Speech Instructor Jennifer Quick

“I am a Good Person/I am a Bad Person,” 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 20

Ruby White is a well intentioned but misguided filmmaker who doesn’t take advice and is full of insecurities. She leaves her husband and son in Toronto to hit the European film festival circuit, bringing her 18-year-old daughter, Sara, as her assistant. When she receives criticism at a screening in the United Kingdom, she begins to question herself. With their relationship slowly slipping apart, Sara suggests they go their separate ways. Without each other’s support, they realize how lonely the world can be without the support of the ones they love.

“Chasing Ice,” 7 p.m., Saturday, April 21

“Chasing Ice” follows Balog, a National Geographic photographer, as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers through the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS). Balog travels with a young team of adventurers across three continents to place 30 cameras and capture the most visible sign of climate change. Balog's hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Balog embarks on this journey risking both his career and health to illustrate a fundamental human story. "Chasing Ice" will be preceded by the film short "eXtinction."

“How I Became an Elephant,” 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21

When Juliette West set out on a quest to educate herself about the plight of elephants, she got far more than she bargained for. Inspired to make a change, her anger is driven by love. “How I Became an Elephant” follows this innocent 14-year-old girl from suburban California on her quest to save the world's largest land mammals; a quest that takes her halfway across the globe and face-to-face with the giants she aims to save. There Juliette meets Asia’s famous “Elephant Lady,” Lek Chailert, and together these women from opposite ends of the earth and cultural spectrum converge on common ground: saving endangered elephants. 

“Otter 501,” 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21

A sea otter pup is separated from her mother as Katie, a young woman bound for adventure, blows into town. On a wild and windswept beach, their lives collide. Through Katie’s eyes, we see this playful pup known as Otter 501 get an amazing second chance at life in the wild. As the two learn to navigate the opportunities and risks of life, we see the incredible efforts people have undertaken to save sea otters from the brink of extinction. This film is presented in a sensory-friendly environment. 

“Your Sister’s Sister,” 2 p.m., Sunday, April 22

“Your Sister’s Sister” is the remarkably assured new film by Lynn Shelton that tells the story of Iris (Emily Blunt) and Jack (Mark Duplass), two longtime friends looking to find happiness at the end of a difficult year. When Iris offers Jack the opportunity to get away from it all by staying alone at her family’s isolated woodland home, he arrives to discover that Iris’ sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) is already there. After a drunken night of revelry, things get complicated, setting into motion a story with real heart, feeling and a generous dose of laughter.


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