Florida Tech to Host Free Event: Youth Making Ripples Film Festival, Jan. 18

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology will host the first-ever Youth Making Ripples
film festival Jan. 18, from 5:30-8:30 in the Gleason Performing Arts Center. The event is open to the
public and free of charge.

K-12 students will debut their own short films about marine science in a competitive format.
“We received some excellent films from Brevard County and across the nation,” said Philip
Gravinese, marine biology doctoral student and co-founder of the film festival.

The format will be: 5:30-6:15 p.m., pre-screening reception and educational booths; 6:15-7:15 p.m.,
film screening and audience vote; 7:15-8 p.m., panel discussion and Q&As; 8-8:30 p.m., awards ceremony.

Those planning to attend should RSVP by sending an email to youthmakingripples@gmail.com.
A short trailer at http://vimeo.com/81208432 shows the students at work.

In October 2013 Florida Tech hosted the Beneath the Waves film festival to engage and
excite the public about the importance and impacts of scientific research related to ocean and
coastal communities.

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