South Florida is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to the impacts of rising seas, according to scientists. If the sea rises as projected, our communities face daunting challenges to stay habitable.
Two FIU faculty from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kate MacMillin, an award-winning TV producer and assistant professor, and Juliet Pinto, an associate professor whose research focuses on environmental communication, explore the narrative of a community under threat from sea level rise in their half-hour documentary, South Florida Rising Seas, on January 15 at 8 pm on WPBT2.
Through interviews with geologists, engineers, lawyers, community leaders and environmental activists, and with animations designed by WPBT2's Norman Silva, we learn why the sea is rising, what the impacts are to South Florida and what is being done about it. The music for this documentary is composed and designed by the award-winning composer, Dan Gralick, of Miami. The associate producer and editor is Jonathan Shaffer, a summa cum laude SJMC alum (2013).
The documentary will be followed by a half-hour round table discussion moderated by Helen Ferré, host of WPBT2’s public affairs program Issues, and featuring: John Englander, author of "High Tide on Main Street"; Dr. Hal Wanless, chair of the University of Miami’s Dept. of Geological Sciences; Richard Grosso, director of the Environmental & Land Use Law Clinic and professor of law at Nova Southeastern University; and Dr. Juliet Pinto, co-producer of the documentary. The documentary repeats on January 29 at 7:30pm.
The trailer for the show is available at http://tinyurl.com/nnogpgl.
Twitter hashtag #SFrisingseas
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