UCSB’s Blue Horizons program is a summer course that focuses on environmental media. As the summer comes to an end, students prepare to show the films that they have worked on diligently to shed light on environmental issues. Topics for this round of films include the Marine Life Protection Act and free-diving spear fishermen, the future of plastics in the oceans, blue whales and ship strikes in the Santa Barbara Channel, and shipwrecks off Point Conception.
This nine-week program is part of the Environmental Media Initiative created by the UCSB Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television, and New Media. UCSB started the Environmental Media Initiative as a bridge between the campus’s strength as a media communications research institution and as a hub for environmental studies. The screening of the student-made films will include a question-and-answer segment at the end, where attendees can pick the brains of the eco-conscious filmmakers about the controversial topics, and will be followed by a reception with the involved students and faculty.
The free screening takes place Friday, August 21, at 7 p.m. in the UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater.