The Forgotten Coast is Art Film File’s project of the week on Kickstarter

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By: Adriana Delgado

 

 

Much has been said about the deterioration of Florida’s wild landscape, and the impending need to protect it from threats like climate change, reckless construction and additionally, the irresponsible intervention of man in the last few years evidenced by the dumping of unwanted python snake pets in the Everglades, which has contributed massively to the destruction of the area’s native species.

“The Forgotten Coast: Return To Wild Florida” is a documentary that follows the journey of bear biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr., and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus as they undertake the one thousand mile quest from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border, exploring the natural beauty and terrain of this wildlife corridor.

An alligator swims in the murky waters of the Florida Everglades during the rainy season at the Everglades National Park, Friday, July 26, 2013. Seasonal rains bring higher water levels within the Everglades, causing wildlife such alligators to disperse and seen less frequently. (AP Photo, Pat Carter)
An alligator swims in the murky waters of the Florida Everglades during the rainy season at the Everglades National Park, Friday, July 26, 2013. Seasonal rains bring higher water levels within the Everglades, causing wildlife such alligators to disperse and seen less frequently. (AP Photo, Pat Carter)

The documentary and the companion two hundred and fifty page coffee table book with photographs by Carlton Ward Jr., is raising funds on Kickstarter in the hope that the project obtains enough money to share the film and the book with enough people as possible with the hope of keeping this Florida wildlife protected. The journey started in 2012, when the group started out with their first expedition, from the Everglades National Park to Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, tracking over one thousand miles over a hundred days, which the team documented using video, photography, and social media. In 2015, the group continued the journey, this time crossing the Florida panhandle into Alabama.

WELLINGTON, Florida (2015, 23 October). Florida has many wildlife preserves, including this one. The Wellington View preserve located on the border of a gated community in Wellington, Florida. Photo: Adriana Delgado.
WELLINGTON, Florida (2015, 23 October). Florida has many wildlife preserves, including this one. The Wellington View preserve located on the border of a gated community in Wellington, Florida. Photo: Adriana Delgado.

This project’s goal is not only to share the importance of protecting the wildlife Corridor with Floridians but to allow as many people as possible to witness the beauty that lies hidden in wild Florida. Home to manatees, alligators, the winged-phoenix and the red-cockaded woodpecker, the protection of the Corridor is essential for this species to exist in an already fragile ecosystem. There is still a chance to be a part of this project, by clicking this link to the film’s page on Kickstarter. Although it has received nearly half of the funds required to finance the post-production and wider distribution of the film, along with the publication costs of the book, there is still money to be raised. This campaign has twenty-eight days left on Kickstarter, meaning that there’s still time to donate so this can become a reality. The Corridor’s wildlife is precious and in dire need of protection and “The Forgotten Coast” will remind people just how important it is to keep Florida wild.

Click here to see part of The Forgotten Coast: Return To Wild Florida

 

About ADRIANA DELGADO 67 Articles
Art Film File is a site for cinephiles ,who like myself, have a deep respect, love, and admiration for independent and foreign films of every era. Readers who follow Art Film File are for the most part adverse to the "Hollywood Blockbuster" theorem (although there are many good ones out there) showing instead a strong inclination to connect with films that explore topics such as life, identity and philosophy without necessarily following a neat studio-oriented narrative. In the past, much like it is now, many independent and foreign films get done many times with countless challenges. Small budgets, little or no outside funding and absence of willing distributors are some of the problems that many American and foreign independent filmmakers face regularly. Art Film File acts as a conduit in bringing these films, past and present, to the public's attention. Art Film File is also a site that displays detailed reviews about films they haven't seen as well as for films they have seen and wish to share their own views. I plan to include interviews with filmmakers and actors of indie and foreign films in addition to articles depicting topics of interest for readers who already follow Art Film File and for those waiting to discover it. Adriana Delgado Founder and Blog Manager of Art Film File

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