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Wild, scenic free films offered

WORCESTER COUNTY–Assateague Coastal Trust will be sponsoring a series of environmental film screenings during the first two months of 2014.   Kicking off on Thursday, Jan. 30, with a free film event at The Globe in Berlin, the series will continue on Friday, Feb. 21 with the third annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Seacrets’ Morley Hall on 49th Street and will conclude with a special family-focused version of the Wild and Scenic Festival on Feb. 22,  to be held at the Sarbanes Center near the entrance to Assateague Island.
The series launch at The Globe on Jan. 30 will feature award winning, “Sharks: Stewards of the Reef,” produced by local filmmaker Holiday Johnson. 
This film examines escalating threats to shark populations including habitat destruction and overfishing. Johnson, who also sits on ACT’s Board of Directors, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions from the audience. Admission for the film is free, but attendees are encouraged to come early and stay after for dinner at The Globe. 
A portion of the proceeds from dinner and drinks that night will be donated to support ACT’s local advocacy and education activities.  Reservations for the film and dinner can be made at the Globe by calling, 410-641-0784 and are strongly encouraged as space will be limited.
The expanded two-day Wild and Scenic Film Festival will begin on Friday, Feb. 21 at Seacrets’ Morley Hall in Ocean City with matinee and evening screenings of 13 short films. 
These films include documentaries on local and global environmental issues; kayak, skiing and mountaineering adventure films; and whimsical films. Discounted food and drink options, raffles and a silent auction will be offered during both the 2 p.m. matinee and 6 p.m. evening shows.
The series will wrap up on Saturday Feb. 22 with a 2:30 p.m. showing of three additional films from the Wild and Scenic Festival catalog designed to appeal to children and families.  This screening will take place at the Sarbanes Center located next to the Assateague Island National Seashore Visitor Center. 
Prior to the film event, ACT’s Coast Kid’s program will be offering a special Renewable Energy Lab, a hands-on class where participants will build solar powered toy cars and models of water turbines, and learn how wind power works.
For more information on any of the film events, visit Assateague Coastal Trust online at or call, 410-629-1538 for more details.