Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Winter Film Festival: Documentary Visions of Nature Around Us, and Special Event on Henry Beston’s Cape Cod

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Date: January 8, 2018
Contact: Brent Ellis, 508-255-3421, ext. 0302

2018 marks the 10th year that Cape Cod National Seashore has hosted a winter film festival. This year’s festival showcases compelling nature documentaries featuring the national seashore’s new audio visual system with theatre-size screen and surround sound. Films will show at 1:30 pm at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham on five Sundays from January 21 to February 25. The movies are free, thanks to generous funding from Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore. In addition, on February 18 the national seashore will host a special event focused on Henry Beston’s Cape Cod.

January 21, Chasing Ice Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a record of the world’s changing glaciers, compressing years into seconds to illustrate how these ice mountains are disappearing at a breathtaking rate. (2012, 1 hour 30 minutes)

January 28, Chasing Coral When Richard Vevers abandoned an advertising career to become an underwater photographer, his intent was to reveal the beauty of a world few humans see. Instead, he found a disaster in progress--coral bleaching, which is detailed in this documentary. (2017, 1 hour 33 minutes)

February 4, Saving Sea Turtles (Preventing Extinction) Over the last decade, the number of stranded turtles has steadily increased, but the late autumn of 2014 saw an unprecedented event as more than 1,200 cold-stunned sea turtles washed ashore. This massive wildlife emergency marshaled an inspiring response within and beyond Massachusetts that reached from individuals to the federal government, involving over 10 states and 21 institutions. This film showcases “the largest airlift of an endangered species probably anywhere in the United States, quite possibly the world.” Bob Prescott, Director of MA Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, will introduce the film. (1 hour 10 minutes)

February 11, Earth Fueled by dazzling high-definition photography and stunning locations around the world, this nature documentary captures three animal families in action over the course of a year, showing how the sun influences behavior and migratory patterns. (2007, 1 hour 30 minutes)

February 18, Special Event: Henry Beston’s Cape Cod
11:30 am-3:00 pm: Artists will be on site at the Salt Pond Visitor Center to answer questions and discuss their techniques as part of the Outermost Inspirations exhibit and programming.

1:30 pm: Don Wilding, author of Henry’s Beston’s Cape Cod, will sign books, followed by a 2:00 pm presentation.

3:00 pm-4:00 pm: View the Outermost Inspirations exhibition, on display in Salt Pond Visitor Center for the month of February.

February 25, The Endless Summer This quintessential surf film directed and narrated by Bruce Brown follows summer around the globe in 1966. Mike Hynson and Robert August ride the wild waters of Hawaii, Australia, Africa, and other exotic locales in search of the perfect wave. (1966, 1 hour 35 minutes)

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at 50 Nauset Road at the intersection of Route 6 in Eastham, and can be reached at 508-255-3421. The center is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm, with staff available to assist with activity planning. Visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and book store featuring national seashore-related items. 

Last updated: January 11, 2018

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