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Florida Film Project – CEJ Overview
The Center for Earth Jurisprudence has been delighted to partner with Equinox Documentaries on an exciting project intended to connect us more deeply with our local community here in Central Florida and to alert our national and international colleagues to our efforts to promote the natural beauty and health of our bio-region. The project also serves the larger goal of motivating a profound commitment to respect and legally protect its ecosystems and species.
In partnership with Equinox Documentaries, CEJ has created a short film identifying Florida’s unique natural systems and explaining how an Earth Jurisprudence approach, including recognition of the rights of nature, can help realize their true sustainability. This film reaches out to people on an emotional, visceral level and expands our consensus in ways that written materials simply cannot.
We are grateful to the Kalliopeia Foundation and to Judith Koons for their generous support of this project, and to Bill Belleville and Bob Giguere for the talent and heart they brought to its creation.
Equinox Documentaries was created by veteran producers and writers, Bob Giguere and Bill Belleville, who bring a wealth of experience to their work within and about the natural world. You can read more about their work at EquinoxDocumentaries.org.
Bob Giguere is an award-winning producer with over 20 years of experience, including Documentary and Current Events programming for Public Television. He has won numerous Emmy awards for his social documentary work. His credits include nationally distributed programs: “The National Parent Quiz,” “Releasing Dolphins,” “The Rock” and “Treating Addiction” for PBS, and “Diving Deep” for National Geographic Explorer. Working for PBS affiliates in Maine and Florida, Bob has produced nearly 2,000 programs, including 25 documentaries.
Bob served as Executive Producer, Producer, and Underwater Videographer for award-winning BBG Projects, “In Search of Xanadu,” “Conch Cowboys” and “Wekiva: Legacy or Loss?” He also teaches filmmaking and ethics at the University of Central Florida and Rollins College, and currently owns and operates bGenesis, LLC. He was educated at the University of Maine.
Bill Belleville is an environmental writer and documentary filmmaker. His critically-acclaimed nonfiction book, River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River, is in its sixth printing. It received the Michael J. Shaara award for Excellence in Writing for the year 2000. The Miami Herald described it as the “definitive book on the St. Johns.”Bill has published over 1,000 feature articles in Oxford American, Salon.com, Sports Afield, Sierra, Fast Company, and The New York Times Syndicate, among others. He has been a special correspondent for Newsweek magazine, and worked as a writer/researcher on several Discovery Channel expeditions to the Galapagos, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. He also co-produced and scripted three Florida PBS documentaries, all of which won national awards.
Bill was named environmental writer of the year for the Florida Audubon Society and the Florida Wildlife Federation. In 2006, Bill published Losing It All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape to critical reviews. His latest book, Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and Found in the State of Dreams, was published in early 2011 and recently awarded the prestigious National Outdoor Book Award in the category of Natural History Literature. Previous winners of that award include Robert Michael Pyle, Farley Mowat, David Attenborough, and Roderick Nash.on. He lectures frequently on behalf of the Florida Humanities Council’s Speaker Bureau. He is a member of the Authors Guild and the Society of Environmental Journalists. He has lectured at Rollins College, the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, the University of North Florida, the University of South Florida, and Emory University in environmental literature and environmental history classes.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
Florida’s Water and Land LegacyCongratulations to all who worked so diligently and passionately to collect the signatures required to place dedicated funding for conservation land acquisition on the ballot in 2014. More than 960,000 voters signed in support of this measure! Learn more about this initiative at Florida's Water and Land Legacy.org.
CEJ Events & PresentationsMore coming soon!
Other EventsWater Blues/Green Solutions
St. Johns Riverkeeper & partners
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Locally premiering a new documentary film about communities working with nature to solve their water problems, followed by a panel discussion.
Learn more at StJohnsRiverkeeper.org.
Marion County Springs Festival
Florida Springs Institute & partners
Saturday, April 26, 2014
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs, FL
Exhibits, vendors, music, food, kids programs and more, surrounded by Florida’s first attraction, the historic and magical Silver Springs.
Contact: (352) 236-7148
More info at FloridaSpringsInstitute.org.
Growing Native Annual Conference
Florida Native Plant Society
May 15-18, 2014
Florida Gulf Coast University
Ft. Myers, FL
Field trips, speakers, education, socials, and a plant sale, all featuring the intriguing world of native plants.
Find out more at FNPS.org.
River City EcoFest
River City Eco Foundation
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Outdoor Music/Eco Festival & River Race with workshops, clinics, outdoor recreation expo, a film festival, food, trucks and music.
Contact: (904) 502-7733
Get more info at RiverCityChallenge.org.
Finding the Fountains of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters
Ongoing through April 27, 2014
Rincon Gallery, South Florida Museum
Graphic designer Rick Kilby examines how Florida’s reputation for healing, restorative waters entered popular culture and created its tourist economy.
Contact: (941) 746-4131
Details at SouthFloridaMuseum.org.
Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth
Ongoing through May 30, 2014
Gallery for Innovation and the Arts
R.A. Gray Building
Photographer John Moran’s images from the past and present create a then-and-now narrative of Florida's springs.
Contact: (850) 245-6470
Discover more at SpringsEternalProject.org.
Learning to See Naturally ~ Nature Journaling WorkshopsVisit our nature journaling blog, Learning to See Naturally, for poems, photos, stories and other nature-inspired creative works from our workshop participants.
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