Environmental history comes alive

“Byrd 1933” screens at the Coaster Theatre and Cannon Beach History Center.

CANNON BEACH — HALO Education presents its first Rockdance film screenings in Cannon Beach at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse and Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Sunday and Monday, March 18 and 19.

The first showing will be 1 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Coaster Theatre. There will be two films shown, “Guliya” and “Byrd 1933.”

Film producer and director Pamela Theodotou from Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar Climate Research Center will be there to present “Guliya,” a film about the research center’s U.S.-China collaboration with Third Pole Environment at OSU to extract the oldest ice samples outside the poles.

“Byrd 1933,” a historical film featuring original film clips from Paramount Picture’s documentation of Admiral Byrd’s Antarctica 1933 expedition. The documentary was conserved and co-produced by the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program and made possible through a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

The second screening of “Byrd 1933” will take place 4 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. If there is time, “Guliya” will be screened again as well. The museum is a more intimate venue and is limited in seating. Folks will have an opportunity to informally meet Theodotou. Beverages will be served.

The suggested donation for both screenings is $5. All proceeds will go to the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, the team of city staff and volunteers that educates visitors about the bird and marine intertidal life at the sea stack.

This is HALO’s first venture to show innovative documentary eco-films on climate concerns. The organization plans to hold an annual Rockdance film festival in Cannon Beach to encourage environmental awareness in the Pacific Northwest.



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