Everglades Summer Family Film Festival
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Lights, Camera, Animal Action!
Homestead Florida Not sure what to do for fun with the family, come on out and join Everglades National Park Rangers for a Summer Family Film Festival highlighting wildlife, history and the environment. Admission, popcorn and juice are free. Showtime is 7:00 p.m., every third Friday in July, August, September, October and November. Films will be shown on the big screen at the Ernest Coe Visitor Center off of State Road 9336, nine miles Southwest of Homestead. While there check out the interactive exhibits, including a life-like alligator hole. For more information call Everglades National Park at 305-242-7700.
Friday, July 17: March of the Penguins: Follow a cast of flipper footed characters as they travel across the frozen tundra of Antarctica to create new life. Beautiful images of their journey highlight a story of survival as the Emperor Penguins survive harsh environmental conditions, starvation and predators. Rated G.
Friday, August 21: Wall-E: Join Academy Award winning, Wall-E, a determined and earnest robot who is working hard to rid the planet of mountains of accumulated debris so that humans may one day return. Wall-E and friends show that with hope, perseverance, and teamwork, no challenge is insurmountable. Rated G.
Friday, September 18: Microcosmos: Travel deep into meadows and ponds for close up views of Earth’s 20th century “dinosaurs”. View intimate footage of snails, beetles, bees and ladybugs as they construct their multistoried homes, catch and wrap their prey, and crunch on a variety of prairie delicacies. Rated G.
Friday, October 16: Thirteen Days: This riveting and tense political drama highlights the decisions and actions key political figures made in response to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Rated PG-13.
Friday, November 20: Hoot: Kids take the lead in Hoot, a family adventure movie with an engaging environmental theme. Join the exploits of Roy and his two friends, who, right here in Florida, fight to save a group of Endangered owls from development. Hoot is based on a popular novel by Carl Hiaasen and showcases the tunes of Jimmy Buffet, who, makes an on-screen appearance. Raged PG.
Directions: Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north should take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends merging with U.S. 1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive (State Road 9336/SW 344th St.) and follow the signs to the park. Visitors driving north from the Florida Keys should turn left on Palm Drive in Florida City and follow the signs to the park. Regular Visitor Center hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Doors will open for the movie at 6:00 p.m.
Did You Know?
Many of the orchids found within the Everglades are "epiphytic," growing on host trees that are used for support. This adaptation allows a variety of plants to grow in an otherwise harsh environment.