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561-297-1307,
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FAU Sea Turtle Research Program to Benefit from the Exclusive Screening of ‘Turtle: The Incredible Journey’
A New Epic Adventure by Emmy Award Winning Director Nick Stringer


            BOCA RATON, FL (October 7, 2010)
— Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will host an exclusive screening of the film “Turtle: The Incredible Journey” on Tuesday, November 9, at the Crest Theatre in Old School Square in Delray Beach.  A cocktail reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. screening. 

            This film, yet to be released for distribution in the United States, was directed by Emmy Award Winner Nick Stringer.  Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, associate professor in FAU’s department of biological sciences and co-director of the FAU Sea Turtle Research Program, served as the scientific advisor for the film.  Significant segments of the movie were shot at area beaches and coastal waters of Palm Beach County.

            Shot from the viewpoint of the turtle, the film traces the 25 year journey of a hatchling loggerhead turtle as it grows to maturity while following the migratory path of its ancestors thousands of miles across the Atlantic ocean.  She then returns to the beaches of South Florida as a mature female who nests close to where she began life as a hatchling many years ago.

            The film blends breathtaking cinematographic artistry with scientific inquiry and research.  FAU graduate students and faculty, as well as Gumbo Limbo staff and volunteers, were pivotal behind the scenes in the production of this movie.  Several loggerhead turtles that had been part of the FAU Sea Turtle Research Program had starring roles.

            Proceeds from this event will be used to purchase state of the art scientific equipment for the FAU Marine Science Lab, as well as to fund research internships that are critical to advance the FAU Sea Turtle Research Program.

            For ticket information, contact Avy Weberman at aweberma@fau.edu or 561-297-1307, or visit http://www.science.fau.edu/turtlemoviegala/ .

-FAU-

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