Calusa Waterkeeper’s goal of educating the public on the growing health crisis emanating from Florida’s water quality issues continues with the premiere of the documentary “TROUBLED WATERS” in Miami. The event, which is from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at Silverspot Cinema Miami, 300 Southeast 3rd St., Suite 100, in the downtown area, will also feature a panel of experts, all of whom appear in the film, discussing the findings in the movie as well as health and environmental impacts of blue-green algae cyanobacteria blooms and red tide.
Tickets are available at silverspot.net. Prices are $17.87 for adults, $13.75 for seniors 65-over and children 12 and under. A portion of proceeds from the event supports Calusa Waterkeeper’s mission to protect and restore the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal waters.
“TROUBLED WATERS” is a ground-breaking documentary, focusing on the public health impacts of harmful algal blooms, detailing the blue-green algae and red tide outbreaks that ravaged beaches and rivers in Florida last year. The film explores the work by leading research scientists, doctors and nurses on the front lines, and individuals who have suffered illness from exposure to cyanotoxins and red tide.
“As we only started making the movie in July of this year, the 40-minute documentary is loaded with timely and topical information on the public health impacts of Harmful Algae Blooms in South Florida,” said K.C. Schulberg, producer/director of the film and executive director of Calusa Waterkeeper. “We are privileged to get this movie in front of a larger audience and honored to have so many of the film’s experts join our panel discussions to answer questions from the public on the issue of public health.”
The panelists are:
Dr. Larry Brand – Dr. Brand is a Professor in Marine Biology and Ecology; Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. He currently conducts research on Harmful Algal Blooms in South Florida, their environmental causes and their toxins in the water, food chains, and air. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography jointly at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Walter G. Bradley DM, FRCP – Dr. Bradley is Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the University of Miami Department of Neurology. He is a world-renowned expert in neuromuscular diseases, neurology, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and was awarded the prestigious Forbes Norris Award of the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations in 2006. He is deeply involved in ALS research, particularly in studying gene-environment interactions and treatments for the disease.
Dr. Paul Alan Cox – Dr. Cox is an ethnobotanist and Executive Director of The Brain Chemistry Labs, a nonprofit research organization with a 50-member international scientific consortium, focused on discovering therapies for neurodegenerative illness. Dr. Cox and members of the consortium have been accumulating evidence of a link between exposure to cyanobacterial blooms and increased risk of ALS and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. In 1997, Dr. Cox was voted one of TIME Magazine’s 11 ‘Heroes of Medicine,’ Cox’s work has been cited more than 13,000 times in scientific journals. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Dr. David A. Davis – Dr. David Davis is a research assistant professor at the Brain Endowment Bank in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. His recent research on stranded dolphin brains identified BMAA and signs of Alzheimer’s Disease following a toxic algae bloom.
KC Schulberg will also be in attendance to introduce the movie and panelists. The Miami event is co-hosted by Friends of the Everglades and Bullsugar. Friends of the Everglades is a nonprofit founded in 1969 by renowned journalist, author and environmental activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring the only Everglades in the world. Bullsugar.org is a nonprofit dedicated to stopping the damaging discharges into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and restoring of clean freshwater to Florida Bay. The screening is also co-hosted by Silverspot Cinema.
Learn more about the event at Calusa Waterkeeper’s Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/506052390127268/