2017 Film Series

2017 Countryside Film Series Examine Aquatic Life in the Chesapeake Bay

The Tioga County Countryside Council, a work group of the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health, will continue the 2017 Countryside Film Series at 7:00PM on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Victoria Theater in Blossburg, PA. The theme for the year is “Towards a Culture of Stewardship.” Having viewed four films of historical biography in the first two screenings, the third and fourth screenings of the Film Series act to enhance the series theme by moving from the past to the present.

The April Screening will feature a film called, “Menhaden, The Most Important Fish in the Sea.” Menhaden may be the most important fish you have never heard of. They filter up to four gallons of water a minute and they are a key part of the ocean food chain. But now they are disappearing at an alarming rate -- harvested for omega 3 oil, fishmeal, and poultry feed. The potential loss of the Menhaden threatens the ecology of major US marine areas including the Chesapeake Bay. Students at American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking made the award-winning film "Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay." They share the story of the Menhaden and the making of the film with Earth Focus.

Also on this night, we will discuss the concepts of “keystone species” and “tropic cascades.” These concepts will round out the importance of small species that will make a big difference in an ecosystem. Following the film, there will be a 30 minute question and answer period

. The 2017 Countryside Film Series is held the third Wednesday of each month from January to May.

The films are free and open to the public, with a voluntary suggested donation of $5.00.