HRI Sells Out Inaugural Sea to Screen™ Film Festival to Celebrate World Ocean Day through Film
CORPUS CHRISTI – On June 8, the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invited the public to the inaugural Sea to ScreenTM film festival in celebration of World Ocean Day.
Partnered with the International Ocean Film Festival, Sea to ScreenTM raised awareness for the importance of our marine ecosystems and inspired viewers to develop their own stewardship ethic to further protect our coastlines and oceans.
The approximately 150 in attendance during the screening at Alamo Drafthouse Corpus Christi enjoyed 12 different short films from throughout the world. Two of the films were shot locally by HRI and focused on HRI’s mission to develop science-driven solutionsTM for Gulf of Mexico problems, as well as the Bringing Baffin Back initiative. The night was complete with usual Alamo Drafthouse fun including food, a signature drink (the “Blue Wave”), and even free popcorn.
Guests received Sea to ScreenTM swag including an aluminum, reusable straw, reusable eating utensils and a branded koozie, all packaged in a reusable storage bag, keeping with the theme of sustainability and reducing the waste generated by single-use plastics.
Before the screening, and during the intermission, guests were able to mingle with HRI staff and partner organizations including Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, Mission-Aransas Natural Estuarine Research Reserve, Texas State Aquarium and Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve. Each group had tables in the theater lobby that showcased interactive activities and other Gulf of Mexico educational materials.
Sea to ScreenTM will be an annual event moving forward and HRI intends to build upon this year’s success and release more tickets in 2023 so that those who were not able to attend the first sold out festival will be sure to get a seat.
Relive the night through our highlight video and photo album below: