It is the picturesque embodiment of the good life in this corner of the state, but some folks still look to Georgia’s coastal waters for their very livelihoods.
The stories of these stalwart folks who steadfastly ply those waters to reap its bountiful seafood harvest are the focus of “Shifting Baselines,” the featured documentary in the free Green Screen Film Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 24 at the Historic Ritz Theater in downtown Brunswick.
The one-hour film chronicles the likes of longtime Darien commercial fisherman Charlie Phillips, as well as the enduring legacy of Georgia fishing dynasties such as the Timmons and Gale families.
“These multi-generational families have worked very hard to stay in business, bringing Georgians the fresh, local seafood we treasure,” said Katie Smith of the UGA Marine Extension Service and Georgia Sea Grant, which produced the film in collaboration with Blue Voyage Productions. “It’s great to be able to tell their story. It’s a unique part of Georgia’s culture and its history.”
“Shifting Baselines” will begin showing at 11 a.m. Other films featured at the free festival include the 15-minute short “Southern Grasslands” and “Take Me to the Water,” a 35-minute documentary about the Pinpoint Museum that arose from an abandoned shellfishing village near Savannah.
Doors open at The Ritz at 10:30 a.m. with a short fair featuring local environmental organizations. Following the featured film, there will be a question-and-answer session with special guests at 12:15 p.m. Afterward, folks can mingle over sandwiches and refreshments.
“Southern Grasslands” plays at 1:30 p.m. The festival closes with the showing of “Take Me to the Water” at 1:45 p.m.
Although the event is entirely free, a $5 donation would be greatly appreciated. The event is hosted by Green Scene of Coastal Georgia, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful and the Georgia Sea Grant.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for learning about issues and happenings related to coastal Georgia’s waters,” said Lea King-Badyna, KGIB’s executive director. “This year is particularly exciting because all three films have a connection to Georgia’s coastal waters. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.”
“Shifting Baselines” also delves into the delicate balance between those who fish the waters, and the state and federal scientists who regulate its harvest. As such, the film also gives voice to the marine biologists striving to maintain a sustainable harvest of shrimp, fish and shellfish for generations to come in Georgia’s coastal waters.
“People love Georgia seafood and we want to see it carry into future generations, so that Georgia seafood is always available,” Smith said. “It addresses the management aspects and the livelihoods of those who continue this coastal Georgia fishing tradition.”
Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP at: www.GreenSceneGA.org. The event also features a 50/50 raffle and free shopping bags to the first hundred attendees.