Dauphin Island Documentary Revealed as Official Selection of Sidewalk Film Festival
The Flight of the Frigate Bird to be screened with other Environmental Documentary Short Films
Birmingham, AL: The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) is pleased to announce the inclusion of The Flight of the Frigate Bird – An Omen of Rising Seas documentary as an official selection in the Environmental Shorts category at The Sidewalk Film Festival to be held later this month in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dauphin Island attracts visitors from across the country to experience the laid-back atmosphere, world-class birding, miles of open white beaches, and stunning sunsets. As large storms and rising seas threaten the future of the Island, The Flight of The Frigate Bird tells the stories of generations of Islanders who have adapted to the ever-changing landscape of barrier island life. Based on their experience, they knew to preserve the dunes, forests, and marshes because of the protection they provided from hurricanes and storm-surge. They also avoided building directly on the beach because of how vulnerable those areas were to storms and erosion.
As development boomed after a bridge was built to the Island in the 1950s, many of the tenants of islanders who had lived on the barrier island for generations were ignored Now the community is faced with daunting decisions about how to best adapt to an eroding shoreline, rising seas, and larger storms while protecting the whole tourism industry and the tax-base it provides.
Narrated by Shelby Lynne, the film features interviews with area residents, public officials, and scientists about the history of the Island, it’s current challenges and future.
Founded in 1995, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is a non-regulatory program tasked with promoting the wise stewardship of the water quality characteristics and living resource base of the Mobile Bay estuarine system by bringing together citizens; local, state, and federal government agencies; businesses and industries; conservation and environmental organizations; and academic institutions to meet the environmental challenges that face the unique and imperiled resources that characterize our coastal estuaries. MBNEP engages these groups in determining how to best treat the Bay, the associated coastal waters, and their surrounding watersheds to ensure their protection and conservation into the future.
Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, Shelby Lynne, narrates the film. While currently living in Palm Springs, California, Lynne grew up near Dauphin Island and was quick to agree to be part of the project which features her single, “Alabama oh Alabama.”
In her Directorial debut Roberta Swann serves as the executive director of MBNEP but was also executive director on the mixed live action/animated kids films A Redfish Tale and A Redfish Tale 2: “Fish Slap.” The film was produced by videographer Ben Brenner of Cobia Digital who has worked on variety of short films and promotional pieces but is a newcomer to the documentary format.
The Sidewalk Film Festival is celebrating its 20th year in Downtown Birmingham and has been recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the top 25 Festivals in the World and by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 Festivals for the Rest of Us. Over 200 films are shown during the week-long event and is the premier festival for showcasing Alabama film-makers
The film will be screened at the First Church Birmingham on August 26th at 6:45pm for Sidewalk’s Environmental Shorts session sponsored by Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Tickets can be purchased at sidwalkfest.com