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The College of Liberal Arts and Department of Communication and Journalism is hosting the BLUE Ocean Film Festival March 21 - 23, 2013. This film festival includes three days of free film screenings, talks by renowned world filmmakers and conservationist and an afternoon of events for kids. BLUE On Tour is presented as a part of Auburn’s “No Impact Week,” a campus-wide initiative focusing on issue awareness and environmental stewardship.

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The BLUE Ocean Film Festival travels around the world every two years, presenting films and guest speakers who reinforce the importance of preserving the ocean.

“The Department of Communication and Journalism was approached two years ago by the film festival due to the film studies within the department,” said Margaret Fitch-Hauser, chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism. “In order to increase outreach of the department, we have partnered with No Impact Week this year.”

The festival opens with Keynote Speaker Jean-Michel Cousteau, an explorer, environmentalist, film producer and educator, at 5 p.m. in Room 5 of Biggin Hall. His film, “My Father the Captain,” is an acclaimed film based upon his life experiences with his legendary father, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, chairman of the board and president of Ocean Futures Society.

Friday, March 22 the festival continues with the film “Stories from the Gulf,” in Room 5 of Biggin Hall. This film captures the true impact of the largest oil spill in American history on Gulf residents. The film reminds us of the bounty of the sea, and how the oil spill affected so many families’ livelihoods in the Gulf communities.

“There are many people from Auburn working in the Gulf to help the region’s recovery effort,” said Fitch-Hauser. “This is an important topic for many here at Auburn because anything that impacts the Gulf, impacts the state of Alabama.”

Following the film, Chris Welsh, an accomplished sailor and aviator, will speak about the importance of exploration and conservation before the showing of the film “Minds in the Water,” at 5 p.m. in Room 5 of Biggin Hall.  This film relives one surfer’s quest to end the commercial killing of dolphins and whales.

The show ends with the “Tour for Kids” Saturday, March 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Biggin Hall. The kids tour includes special films, riddles, arts and crafts and many other surprises for the little ones.

“I enjoy working with the people from BLUE, and learning about and exploring ocean and environmental issues,” said Mary Helen Brown, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism. “Having the opportunity to share this experience with Auburn is incredibly rewarding.”

Be sure to mark your calendars for this special event, and Like BLUE Ocean Film Festival on Facebook for more information and updates.

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