Sandy Cannon-Brown

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SPAT! Bringing Oysters Back to the Chesapeake Bay will air on Maryland Public Television April 22 at 7:30 p.m. during Chesapeake Bay Week.  See full article for more information.

Sandy Cannon-Brown was honored as the first Senior Scholar of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking (CEF) at American University.  The award, for the 2013-14 school year, was accompanied by a $5,000 stipend. “Our goal with the Senior Scholars program,” explained CEF director Chris Palmer, “is to recognize and honor distinguished professionals whose work exemplifies the Center’s mission to train students to produce films and new media that focus attention on the need to conserve the environment in a way that is effective as well as ethically sound, educationally powerful, and entertaining.”

Sandy returned to the Women in Film & Video Advisory Committee in 2014 after serving as President and Immediate Past President of WIFV’s Board of Directors.  In March, VideoTakes hosted WIFV’s executive breakfast at Nora’s Restaurant featuring three filmmakers in town for the Environmental Film Festival.

A short film, Green Roofs in the District of Columbia, debuted at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital during a program on Sustainable DC.  The video introduced Keith Anderson, director of the District’s Department of the Environment and the role of green roofs in controlling stormwater runoff.  VideoTakes, in partnership with DC Greenworks, is working on a full-length documentary about DDOE’s RiverSmart Roof Tops. The film will be completed in June.

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After her visit to the Galapagos last summer on a National Geographic/Lindblad cruise, Sandy Cannon-Brown created a series of clips about various islands.  This short video features the giant turtles of Santa Cruz. 

SPAT! Premieres at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Three scientists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources join Sandy Cannon-Brown for the premiere of her film about oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay. Left to right: Chris Judy, Cannon-Brown, Mitch Tarnowski and Eric Weissberger. (photo by Laura Wormuth, Easton Star Democrat)

March 2014, Washington, DC – Sandy Cannon-Brown premiered her latest film, SPAT! Bringing Oysters Back to the Chesapeake Bay, at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on March 22, 2014.  The screening was part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.

The title, SPAT!, plays on the double meaning of the word.  Spat is appropriate as a synonym for baby oysters and as a term for a disagreement.  Watermen and scientists often disagree on the best ways to manage oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay.

SPAT! was part of a special program of the Environmental Film Festival dedicated to the Chesapeake Bay.  Other programs were What is a Dead Zone featuring Philippe Cousteau of EarthEcho International and EcoSystems on the Edge: A Nutrient Odyssey with Tom Jordan of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Several hundred people turned out for the screening and panel discussion that followed.

The half-hour documentary was also featured at the Annapolis Film Festival on March 29 and will air on Maryland Public Television on April 22 at 7:30 p.m.  Other screenings are scheduled throughout the year.