Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Addicted to Plastic at the next First Fridays!

Our next First Friday Film - Addicted to Plastic - reveals the history and worldwide scope of plastics pollution, investigates its toxicity and explores solutions. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at American Memorial Park. Come early to check out our informative lobby displays.

From styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. No invention in the past 100 years has had more influence and presence than synthetics. But such progress has had a cost.

Addicted to Plastic shows the cycle of many different types of plastics we use everyday, the many threats they pose to our oceans and health, and the challenges with recycling plastic. It is “a wake up-call…a sort of eco-horror movie!” said Dr. M. Cervino of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. It also presents unique and bizarre solutions to reducing, reusing, and recycling this useful yet toxic material.

For planning purposes, the movie runs about 85 minutes long. As always, First Friday Films is free and open to the public. Limited seating is available; please arrive early to ensure entry.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rob Stewart to Speak Monday!

Rob Stewart, director of the film Sharkwater (previously shown by First Friday films in August) will be speaking at the American Memorial Park Visitor's Center this coming monday (Jan. 24th), at 6:30pm. As part of the event he will be showing shark footage he has taken in his travels around the world and talking about the making of Sharkwater and how the CNMI community can get more involved in shark conservation.

Stewart's presentation is part of his brief visit to the islands to follow the progress of a shark fin bill awaiting the Governor's signature and to film footage of sharks for his next film.

The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited, so please come early to  ensure admittance.  For planning purposes, the event is expected to last between 60 and 90 minutes.

Please come out and join us for this exciting event and help us spread the word!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Second Screening of Oceans this Friday!

Thanks for everyone who was able to make it out to our screening of Disneynature's "Oceans" last Friday night.

We apologize to those that were turned away due to our reaching of maximum capacity; unfortunately the American Memorial Park venue we use can only seat so many, and the movie ended up being so popular that we could not legally allow anyone else in the theater.

However, due to its popularity, we will be doing a second screening of the film this Friday night at 6:00pm at the American Memorial Park visitors center.  So, if you missed it the first time around or would like to share it with us again, please come out!

For your planning purposes, the film is 80minutes long and will start promptly at 6:00pm.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sharkwater on KSPN Thursday!

In anticipation of the legislature's vote on a shark-fining ban in the CNMI (details here), KSPN will be screening the film Sharkwater at 6:30pm this Thursday (Jan. 6th).  Regular attendees of the First Friday Film program will remember that we screened this film in August of last year to an over-capacity crowd at AMP.

Last night, KSPN ran a piece as part of their evening news about the shark bill, that featured an interview with the director of the film, Rob Stewart (the entire program can be viewed here).  During the interview, Stewart reaffirmed his intentions to visit the CNMI later this month in response to efforts of Kathy Pagapular and her San Vicente 3rd grade class, who wrote to Stewart about their dedication to shark conservation following the viewing of his film (more details here).

Please help us in spreading the word about this television event.  You can view the trailer for the film by clicking on the banner below, and you can read our press release on the film here.

KSPN will be running stories on the evening news related to the screening of the film and progress of the fining bill all week, so stay tuned!


Monday, January 3, 2011

MMRN Members to Speak After Disney’s 'Oceans'

To kick off 2011, First Friday Films will be screening the Disneynature film “Oceans” at 6:30pm on January 7th at the American Memorial Park visitor’s center.

At the event, members of the Marine Mammal Response Network (MMRN) will speak about the whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals that are found in CNMI waters and how our community can contribute to our knowledge of and support the conservation of these animals.

Come out early to visit our lobby exhibits and to visit the Pacific Historic Park bookstore (proceeds from which support the park's community programs)