Kicking-off Earth Month, The Gubelmann Auditorium at the Society of the Four Arts was packed house with more than 400 guests—including Emmy Award winning Conservationist Jim Abernathy, and Project Paradise committee members, Bettina Anderson, Samantha Cerny Anderson, Stacey Leuliette, and Christina & Kristian Horvei—to support Project Paradise.

Filmmakers Kent Anderson, Brent Fannin, Eva Phillipe Petit, and Dr. Conor MacDonell

The non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring Florida’s natural environment hosted a documentary shorts premiere featuring four short documentaries directed by filmmakers who were given $25,000 grants to tell conservation stories focusing on Florida. All four films were produced by Kent Anderson’s Kilo Content. The films focused on water pumping rights, controlling the spread of lionfish, controversial shark fishing, and seagrass restoration.

Samantha & Kent Anderson, Inger Anderson and Bettina Anderson

Following the screening of the four films, a panel discussion with three of the filmmakers was moderated by Gary Lickle, board member of the Everglades Foundation. The filmmakers on stage were Brent Fannin, Eva Phillipe Petit, and Dr. Conor MacDonell, along with producer, Kent Anderson. Notably missing was Shannon Morrall, director of “A Spear, a Spatula, and a Submarine” because it was screening at the Palm Springs Film Festival the following night.

Michelle Henry and Gary Lickle

“We hope that these films will inspire people to learn more about the challenges facing Florida’s environment and to take action to protect this bit of paradise we call home,” said Gary Lickle. “If we can’t save Florida, we can’t save the planet.”

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