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From Florida’s Forgotten Coast to the Tampa Theatre

What happens when you combine a conservationist, a biologist, a photographer, and a filmmaker?  You get an expedition.  The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team came together in 2012 with the goal of strengthening and preserving the connections between Florida’s natural areas.

The first Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition travelled from the Florida Everglades up the east coast of Florida.  In 2015, they completed their 2nd expedition – this time travelling from the Everglades up the west coast of Florida

The team consisted of conservationist, Mallory Dimmitt; nature photographer, Carlton Ward Jr.; black bear biologist, Joe Guthrie; and filmmaker, Eric Bendick.  Tampa Bay native, Carlton Ward Jr., has been the most high-profile team member in the Tampa Bay area, displaying photographs from the expeditions in various galleries and museums around town.

This week, however, all the attention was on the recently-completed film of the 2nd exhibition, The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida, premiering at the Tampa Theatre.

You can see from the line here that special events at the Tampa Theatre can be very popular. The first showing of The Forgotten Coast, on Wednesday, Nov 11th actually sold out. Thankfully, they added a second showing the following Sunday.
You can see from the line here that special events at the Tampa Theatre can be very popular. The first showing of The Forgotten Coast, on Wednesday, Nov 11th actually sold out. Thankfully, they added a second showing the following Sunday.

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The Tampa Theatre is, without a doubt, the most beautiful movie theater in the Tampa bay area, as you can see from this balcony view. It is one of very few historic theaters in the state of Florida, built back in 1926. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
The Tampa Theatre is, without a doubt, the most beautiful movie theater in the Tampa bay area, as you can see from this balcony view. It is one of very few historic theaters in the state of Florida, built back in 1926. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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You can still hear the organ play before shows at the Tampa Theatre, as you would have during the 1920's.
You can still hear the organ play before shows at the Tampa Theatre, as you would have during the 1920’s.

 

The movie was followed by a round of applause and a question and answer session with the filmmaker,
The movie was followed by a round of applause and a Q&A session with the filmmaker, Eric Bendick of Grizzly Creek Films.

Where to get a taste of Wild Florida without taking a hike:

  • At an art exhibit:  Carlton Ward Jr’s expedition photography is currently on display at both the Dunedin Fine Art Center (through Dec. 23rd) and the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
  • On TV: WUSF will be airing the new film from Nov. 19th through Nov. 25th in the Tampa Bay area. Go to floridawildlifecorridor.org for broadcast times.
  • In the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition book – available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The second expedition book was being sold at the premiere, but isn’t available for online purchase yet.  These books provide a nice list/map of Florida’s natural places, some of which I have already been to, and many of which I would like to visit in the future.

Upcoming events at the Tampa theatre:

The Tampa Theatre is a great place for special events, classic films, and modern independent films.  In December, the theater will be decorated for the holidays, and they will be showing several holiday classics.

 

Jennifer Ring
Jennifer Ring is a photoblogger living in the Tampa Bay area, on Florida's west coast, home to some of the best beaches in the state.
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