Winter Film Series to highlight oceans with two films in February


GYRE90-22082013164205-600x380-cropped-20130822164205_plastic_artTwo marine-themed films will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, (doors open at 6:30) and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, during the free Winter Film Series at the Sitka National Historical Park‘s theater. GYRE: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean and Beneath the Reflections are two contrasting films that together highlight the supreme beauty and biodiversity of Alaska’s rich marine waters while also addressing marine conservation issues.

GYRE: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean addresses the issue of marine debris in a creative and artistic way. Documenting a team of scientists, videographers and artists, the film follows the team collecting beach debris from coastal debris hotspots in Alaska. The trash collected is then transformed into vibrant and symbolic art. At the conclusion of the film, the artists are beginning to design their pieces of art. As a bonus to the film, attendees of the film screening will be able to view a slideshow of many of the finished pieces of art that were displayed in the GYRE art exhibit in Anchorage.

BeneathTheReflectionsDVDBeneath the Reflections will take attendees below the surface to view the rarely seen underwater marine ecosystem of Glacier Bay National Park. Revel in the charismatic flora and fauna that call these rich marine waters home.

Be sure to leave room for snacks, as free popcorn will be provided during both screenings. Attendees to the film series will also be eligible to win door prizes provided by park partners.

The Winter Film Series, held monthly at Sitka National Historical Park’s visitor center, is jointly presented by Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka Conservation Society, and the Sitka Sound Science Center.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about Sitka National Historical Park at or visit the park’s Facebook page at


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