Calusa Waterkeeper’s goal of educating the public on the growing health crisis emanating from Florida’s water quality issues continues with the premiere of the documentary “TROUBLED WATERS” in Naples. The event, from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 at Silverspot Cinema Mercato, 9118 Strada Pl #8205, will also feature a panel of experts, all of whom appear in the film, discussing the findings in the movie as well as health and environmental impacts of blue-green algae cyanobacteria blooms and red tide.
Tickets are available at silverspot.net. Prices are just $15.70 for adults, $12.87 for seniors 65-over and $11.91 for children 12-under. A portion of proceeds from the event support Calusa Waterkeeper’s mission to protect and restore the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal waters.
“TROUBLED WATERS” is a ground-breaking documentary, focusing on the public health impacts of harmful algal blooms, detailing the blue-green algae and red tide outbreaks that ravaged beaches and rivers in Florida last year. The film explores the work by leading research scientists, doctors and nurses on the front lines, and individuals who have suffered illness from exposure to cyanotoxins and red tide.
“As we only started making the movie in July of this year, the 40-minute documentary is loaded with timely and topical information on the public health impacts of Harmful Algae Blooms in South Florida,” said K.C. Schulberg, producer/director of the film and executive director of Calusa Waterkeeper. “We are privileged to get this movie in front of a larger audience and honored to have so many of the film’s experts join our panel discussions to answer questions from the public on the issue of public health.”
The panelists specialize in a diverse range of fields. They are:
John Cassani, “Calusa Waterkeeper” – John started his professional career as an ecologist in Lee County in 1978 after receiving degrees in Biology and Fish and Wildlife. He has authored peer-reviewed scientific publications and popular media sources on resource management, history, water policy and conservation issues and is a courtesy faculty member at FGCU in the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences. He became the first Calusa Waterkeeper in 2016.
Dr. Paul Alan Cox – Dr. Cox is an ethnobotanist and Executive Director of The Brain Chemistry Labs, a non-profit research organization with a 50-member international scientific consortium, focused on discovering therapies for neurodegenerative illness. Dr. Cox and members of the consortium have been accumulating evidence of a link between exposure to cyanobacterial blooms and increased risk of ALS and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. In 1997, Dr. Cox was voted one of TIME Magazine’s 11 ‘Heroes of Medicine,’ Cox’s work has been cited more than 13,000 times in scientific journals. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Holley Rauen, RN – Holley Rauen is a retired certified midwife and public health nurse (Lee County Health). She was clinical coordinator at Lee Memorial Health System at Health Park’s mother-baby and labor and delivery departments after working for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco for over a decade. She is a seasoned social justice and environmental advocate. Ms. Rauen is presently a Calusa Waterkeeper Ranger and public health spokesperson and co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance of SWFL.
Dr. Howard Simon – Dr. Simon retired last year as the longest serving state director of the American Civil Liberties Union – serving 23 years in Michigan and 21 years as Florida Director. He now works on policies to address the health threat from Harmful Algae Blooms. Howard earned a Ph.D. in legal and political philosophy from the University of Minnesota and taught there and at DePauw University before becoming an ACLU executive director.
Dr. Robert S. Zarranz – Dr. Robert Zarranz is a board-certified otolaryngologist specializing in ear, nose and throat disorders. He received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. His postgraduate education took place at Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of South Florida in Tampa. He’s in private practice in Naples and Miami and was a former assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University. He has a lifelong interest in education and boating.
Schulberg will also be in attendance to introduce the movie and panelists. The Naples Premiere is co-hosted by Harrison Langley, the Collier County Waterkeeper (CCWK). According to CCWK, the global reputation of Collier County is supported by the health and vitality of its waterways. The goal of the Collier County Waterkeeper is to keep these waters swimmable, fishable and drinkable. The screening is also co-hosted by Silverspot Cinema and the film is co-directed by Cat Chase.
Learn more about the event at Calusa Waterkeeper’s Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/392857178043290/.