NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | A Father and Son Journey to the Gulf Coast


3RD COAST CONNECT, a multi-media documentary project by St. Anthony Park residents John Shepard and his son Nat Shepard, will make its premiere at St. Anthony Park United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 14.  Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm and the multi-media presentation will begin at 7. The church is located at 2200 Hillside Avenue in St. Paul.

The Shepards spent three months, January to May, 2011, traveling the Gulf Coast aboard the Boudreaux, a 34-foot cruiser. Their goal was to document the health of coastal environments and to explore the links between nature and culture in “one of America’s most fertile, fascinating, and maligned regions.” They documented their journey in a blog at Media gathered during the trip will be used in Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE), Waters to the Sea multimedia educational programs.

The presentation includes interviews with scientists, conservationists, oystermen, oil-spill workers, and others whose lives and livelihoods are connected to the the Gulf Coast between the Mississippi Delta and the eastern end of the Florida Panhandle.

John is an associate professor and multimedia producer at Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE), and this is his sabbatical project. Nat is a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound.

This screening is arranged by The Energy Resilience Group, a subcommittee of the District 12 Community Council’s Environment Committee, as part of their Green on the Screen film series.

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