By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Green Shorts Film Festival is an event that showcases student films that bring attention to pressing environmental issues, and will take place this Saturday, April 13th from 5PM to 8:30 PM, at the Bill Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables.
The festival’s showing was organized by the University of Miami’s Ecocinema Club. The creators of the even say the films highlight issues from “pollution to sea-level rise, sunny-day flooding, harmful algal blooms, endangered/invasive species, coral bleaching, illegal wildlife trafficking, and issues of environmental justice.”
The selection of films presented at the festival, have been chosen from the Sixth Annual New York Wild Film Festival, an event that also focuses on wildlife, and the exploration and preservation of the environment; all in hopes of impacting positively the audience to foster their relationship to their world and their surroundings.
Among the films selected this year to participate is “Adapting to Red Tide in Florida,” by Sarah Topf, a talented sophomore with a double major in Motion Pictures and Spanish, an a minor in Ecosystem Science and Politics.
Her short documentary highlights “the importance of looking at Red Tide through a planetary health lens and explains how the phenomenon is affecting every aspect of Floridian society.”
Among other films participating this year is “We The Reef,” by Iranian-American PhD student of environmental anthropology and visual media, Shireen Rahimi. In her film she explores how human behavior has negatively and noticeably affected four coral reefs in Cuba and Miami.
Also a team of students, Grant Bemis and Henry Bell, make their directorial debut in “With the Winds.” Bemis just earned his master’s degree in Exploration Science a UM, and Bell is finishing his master’s degree Marine and Environmental Affairs.
Admission is free, for more information regarding the festival and its participants visit their web site.