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Natural Beauty: Local Film Festival Showcases RI Wildlife, Landscapes

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The Environment Council of Rhode Island is hosting a nature video festival early next year to showcase the state’s natural wonders.

The Environment Council of Rhode Island is hosting a nature video festival early next year to showcase the state’s natural wonders.

The videos have to be recorded by people who live or work in Rhode Island and about plants, animals and ecosystems found in the state, explains council administrator Greg Gerritt.

Over the years, Gerritt has recorded hours of tadpoles, menhaden, and turtles just for fun. That’s what inspired him to come up with the idea for a nature video festival.

“And see what people are doing and you know, maybe it would inspire more getting people outside and looking at nature and learning from it,” said Gerritt.

Gerritt has received dozens of video entries that range in length and topics. One person submitted raw footage from a camera trap.

“At night, a coyote walked by it,” said Gerritt. “The entire video was 11 seconds of a coyote walking by, and then some of them are highly produced ones that tell a story, or there are several that have come in that are, ‘The birds I saw this year.’”

Gerritt said the whole point of the film festival is to get people excited about spending time outdoors and learning from nature.

He says he’s accepting video entries until Thursday, December 10th. Several environmental groups are sponsoring the video festival, which is taking place in February at RISD’s Metcalf Auditorium.

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