On Sunday, July 10, Conservation Voters gathered in the planetarium theater at the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee for a screening of the Film Tales of Sunshine Florida Ecostories.
This four-part docuseries explores subtropical life in Florida through the lens of a conservation biologist, a mermaid activist, an ex-convict fisherman, and a farmworker coalition leader. The film documents these stories during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic; it was released in 2021 and has a total runtime of 80 minutes.
Florida Conservation Voters Education Fund hosted this screening to amplify some of the human stories so often missing from conservation discussions. The film screening was followed by a Q&A in which attendees were able to ask questions to the three panelists– Vince Marcucci (filmmaker), Ian Biazzo (Conservation Biologist), and Jonathan Webber (Legislative and Political Director of Florida Conservation Voters).
“There are always many challenges communicating environmental needs to lawmakers at the Capitol, but when human stories are connected to it it’s always more powerful. In Tales of Sunshine Vince [the filmmaker] and his team really show that” Jonathan Webber said.
To follow the film’s journey you can follow @talesofsunshinefilm on Instagram