by John Bell
Internationally known wildlife artist and conservationist Dr Guy Harvey, who took audiences across the planet in the award-winning Portraits from the Deep documentary series, is launching several new film projects in 2012, starting with Panama Paradise: Edge of Conservation due for release in the northern hemisphere spring.
Guy Harvey, marine advocate and conservationist.
'A critical part of the mission of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is education and film is a superb way to deliver the messages of science and conservation,' said Dr Harvey. 'Only through understanding the issues can we hope to save our seas for future generations.'
In Panama Paradise: Edge of Conservation, Dr Harvey and two-time Emmy Award winning producer George C. Schellenger takes the audience on an expedition where the jungle meets the sea in an explosion of life, an unforgettable vision of Panama and its surrounding waters. The film will show how scientists are working against the clock to protect a land and sea paradise that attracts visitors from around the world.
'The film will feature massive storms, majestic marlins and even protective dolphins—all part of an adventure that takes place above and below the water,' said Dr Harvey, whose latest documentary 'The Mystery of the Grouper Moon' played a pivotal role in protecting one of the last know spawning areas of the Nassau grouper. An updated version of the documentary is in production. Also, a film revealing scientific breakthroughs in the study of migration patterns of satellite-tagged Tiger Sharks is underway for a 2012 release.
Dr Harvey and Schellenger have collaborated on several projects recently, including 'This is Your Ocean: Sharks', a 44-minute documentary depicting sharks in their natural environment. This film captures the adventure and passion of shark diving and evokes a call for conservation and protection for the species that today is threatened by over fishing for a growing demand for shark fin soup.
More at www.guyharveyoceanfoundation.org
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation funds inspired scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments. The GHOF will help ensure that future generations will enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish and other marine wildlife flourish.
Watch this preview of Panama Paradise