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Harte of the Gulf Film Competition Showcases the Coast

October 09, 2017

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coastal Bend residents are invited to learn more about the Gulf of Mexico and its environment, history, economy and culture through the eyes of local filmmakers. The Harte of the Gulf Film Festival will hold a screening Saturday, Oct. 14 in the Lonestar Ballroom of the University Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Admission to the festival is free and the event is family friendly. The festival will screen 13 new short films from across the Gulf of Mexico region. Topics include Port Aransas conservation legend Tony Amos, restoration efforts in the Gulf after BP, plastics in the ocean, kayak fishing, manatees and more.

Doors open at 10 a.m., when attendees are invited to browse interactive booths and activities presented by the Texas State Aquarium, the Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Coastal Fisheries Division, the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Texas Children in Nature, the American Fisheries Society and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. There will also be a craft table, selfie station, raffle prizes and other giveaways. Snacks will be served.

Films will begin screening at 11 a.m. After a short lunch break, past winners will be screened at 1 p.m. followed by the announcement of this year’s winners and a keynote speaker.

The Harte of the Gulf Film Competition began as an effort by graduate students at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Students (HRI) to pass on knowledge about ocean and coastal issues in a fun, inspiring way. HRI students organizing the film competition include Michelle Culver and Claire Rydman, master’s students in HRI’s Coastal and Marine Geospatial Sciences Lab and Diana Del Angel, a doctoral student in HRI’s Socio-Economics Group.

Sponsored by a grant from the Institute, the film competition’s mission is to engage the Gulf of Mexico community through education and film and to showcase the works of local filmmakers. The film competition is a continuation of the Blue Gulf Film Competition held last year.

For more information, follow the Harte of the Gulf Film Competition on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @HarteoftheGulf, or visit HarteResearchInstitute.org/HarteoftheGulf.