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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.
CEJ Events & Presentations“Ethics, Faith & Water”
A program of “Water Voices”
On September 14, 2015, 7-9 p.m.
High Springs New Century Woman’s Club
40 NW First Avenue
High Springs, Florida 32643
Join us for the “Ethics, Faith, and Water: A Confluence,” a public conversation on water ethics for Florida. The event is the third session of the “Water Voices” series.
• Cynthia Barnett, an award-winning journalist and author of the water books “Mirage,” “Blue Revolution” and “Rain.”
• Lucinda (Lu) Faulkner Merritt, a writer who serves on the Ichetucknee Alliance Board of Directors, the steering committee of the Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration and the executive committee of the Florida Springs Council.
• Sister Patricia Siemen, Esq., a Dominican Sister and attorney who is the director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence at Barry University Law School in Orlando.
• Robert E. Ulanowicz, Ph.D., an ecosystems scientist who is a professor emeritus with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and courtesy professor with the University of Florida.
Visit the: ICHETUCKNEE ALLIANCE for more information.
Bioluminescence Field Trip
Saturday, September 12, 2015
6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Location to be determined
Brevard County, FL
Barry Law students, faculty, staff, and their guests are invited to a guided kayak tour of the Indian River Lagoon to experience the wonder of bioluminescence.
Contact: Jane Marsden, email@example.com or (321) 206-5691, for more information and to reserve a place.
Other Events:River Ruckus
St. Johns Riverkeeper
Saturday, August 29, 2015 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Riverside Arts Market
715 Riverside Ave.
A family festival to raise a ruckus for the river and show Jacksonville the St. Johns River is more than a scenic view: it’s a recreational asset that should be respected, protected, and enjoyed.
Contact: Shannon for more information.
Wekiwa Field School - Open to the public!
Florida Springs Institute
Start 28 Aug 2015, 9:00 AM
End 30 Aug 2015, 4:00 PM
Location: Wekiwa Springs State Park Youth Camp
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712
The Florida Springs Field School is scheduled for three days of lectures and field trips. The Springs Field School will be held at the Wekiva Springs State Park Youth Camp facilities that include a lecture hall, dining hall, overnight cabins, and a swimming pool and conveniently located just north of Orlando, Florida. Field trips are tentatively planned to Wekiwa and Rock Springs.
Visit: Florida Springs Institute for more information.
Florida Wildflower Foundation's
2015 Wildflower Symposium
Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26
Location: Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Ave, Orlando FL 32803
Visit the Wildflower Symposium webpage for more information.
Native Rhythms Festival
Wickham Park Amphitheater
World Cultural Music and Environmental Arts and Crafts
Free Admission - Family Event
November 12 - 15, 2015
Thursday: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Visit Native Rhythms Festivals for more information.
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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