Presented with Empowers Africa
Media Partner: The Purist
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 | 7:30-9 PM | $15 ($12 for Friends of SAC)
ONLINE SALES NOW CLOSED. A few spaces still remain, first come first served in person.
Rain Date: Monday, August 10
Bring your own chairs and blankets.
SPACE IS LIMITED DUE TO NEW YORK STATE GATHERING GUIDELINES. ADVANCE RESERVATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO GUARANTEE ADMISSION.
COVID-19 – What to Expect: There will be no restrooms available for use during outdoor programs. Attendees are required to wear masks at all times (except when eating), and to place themselves at the orange markers which will be installed every 10 feet on the grounds in order to enforce social distancing guidelines.
All outdoor films begin at sunset. Bring chairs, blankets, and picnics!
Additional support for Film programming has been made possible by the Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs.
(Total Film Time 67.71 | Total Interview Time TBD)
Carnivore Conflict by Ruaha Carnivore Project – 2:54 mins
Interview with Amy Dickman, Founder, Ruaha Carnivore Project
Birth of the Pride by Derek & Beverly Joubert – 44:07 mins
Interview with Derek & Beverly Joubert, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and Wildlife Conservationists
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Francisco Grimaldi – 5:48 min.
Interview with Angela Sheldrick, CEO, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Journey of the Giants, Moving 500 Elephants across Malawi by African Parks – 7:26 mins
Interview with Andrea Heydlauff, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, African Parks Network
Edge of Existence by Black Bean Productions – 8:36
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS/ORGANIZATIONS IN THE FILMS
Amy Dickman founded the Ruaha Carnivore Project in Tanzania in 2009. The foundation’s aim is to establish an internationally significant conservation organization that protects the wildlife or the Ruaha National Park with a particular focus on mitigating predator human wildlife conflict. The Ruaha Carnivore Project works alongside researchers to provide solid scientific research that is in turn used by the government to make informed decisions towards well-managed wilderness areas and, of course, to protect wildlife. One of the foundation’s greatest achievements is educating communities close to Ruaha National Park in order to create sustainable scenarios in which villagers are connected to conservation and benefit directly from it.
Derek and Beverly are award-winning filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and wildlife conservationists, who have been filming, researching and exploring in Africa for over 30 years. Their mission is the conservation and understanding of the large predators and other key wildlife species that determine the course of all conservation in Africa. They are the founders of the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, which currently funds 80 grants in 27 countries for the conservation of big cats.
The Jouberts have made over 25 films for National Geographic, published 11 books, half a dozen scientific papers, and have written many articles for the National Geographic Magazine. Beverly Joubert is also an acclaimed photographer and her international exhibitions have further helped to raise awareness for the plight of big cats across the world.
Their films have received international recognition with major accolades including 8 Emmys, a Peabody, Wildscreen Panda Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival, to name but a few. The Jouberts were also awarded the World Ecology Award alongside Prince Charles and Richard Leakey, and in 2009, they were inducted into the American Academy of Achievement with the likes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In the 2013 Jackson Hole Film Festival Dereck and Beverly won the Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2011, Dereck and Beverly were honored with the Presidential Order of Meritorious Service by the President of Botswana, for their work within the country. In 2014 Dereck and Beverly won the prestigious lifetime achievement award from the SAFTA’s.
In recent years, the Jouberts have expanded their conservation outreach through another business venture, ‘Great Plains Conservation’. All of Dereck & Beverly’s work coincides with one aim: to save the wild places of Africa, and to protect the creatures that depend on them. The President of Botswana described them well when he said: “Theirs is a life long passion; for each other, for big cats, for Africa…they are true “children of Africa.” https://greatplainsconservation.com/
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most successful elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. The organization has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. 262 elephant and 17 rhino orphans have been successfully raised, and 36 babies have been born to wild-living orphan elephants.
The Nairobi orphanage is located within the Nairobi National Park which is situated right outside the city’s business. Sheldrick Wildlife Trust also runs two extremely successful re-introduction camps, Ithumba Hill and Umani Spring located in East Tsavo. Orphans are brought to these two camps from the Nairobi orphanage to be carefully released into the wild.
African Parks manages national parks and protected areas throughout Africa, in collaboration with governments and surrounding communities. The NGO takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. They currently manage 18 national parks and protected areas in 11 countries covering over 14.1 million hectares in: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
African Parks utilizes a clear business approach to conserving Africa’s wildlife and remaining wild areas, securing vast landscapes and carrying out the necessary activities needed to protect the parks and their wildlife. They maintain a strong focus on economic development and poverty alleviation of surrounding communities to ensure that each park is ecologically, socially, and financially sustainable in the long-term.
Established in 2012 by James & Sam Suter and Oli Caldow, Black Bean Productions was formed with the purpose of creating diverse web content, that is genuine and consistently high in quality. Content is the single most important and sought-after commodity on the web and Black Bean Productions works to create content for their clients that is relevant, clear and compelling. They have had their work represented in many film festivals with several winning awards. They are proud to have played a large role in creating powerful content in both the conservation and humanitarian worlds.
We partner with some of the most effective organizations on the ground in Africa that are creating lasting and sustainable change. Since 2013, we have granted over four million dollars to over 41 organizations in 15 countries.
OUR FOCUS IS ON:
At Empowers Africa, we support community-led, measurable and sustainable programs that bolster communities by improving access to education, healthcare and business opportunities. We also support programs that protect wildlife and land conservation because we believe safeguarding Africa’s natural wealth is critical to the empowerment of the surrounding communities.
Additionally, Empowers Africa serves as a fiscal sponsor to a dozen organizations working on the ground in Africa. Through our 501(c)3 status, we are able to efficiently collect and process donations for some of the most effective changemakers on the continent, allowing them to focus on what’s most important—the work being done on the ground.
Curated by Amy Kirwin Presented with Oceana, Peconic Land Trust and South Fork Natural History Museum Exhibition Advisor: James Salomon This timely exhibition will feature artists who use their talents to focus on environmental conservation and activism, whether through fine art, upcycling, photography, film, music, prose or other forms of artistic expression. Exhibiting artists will hold workshops throughout, poignant panel discussions will be organized with the presenting partners, plus special film screenings including the sensational Fantastic Fungi. The intention of eARTh is to create a beautiful message about the state of our precious earth in a way that all can understand and appreciate. Artists include Roisin Bateman, Kristian Brevik, Scott Bluedorn, Megan Chaskey, Erica Cirino, Rossa Cole, Janet Culbertson, Tom Deininger, Alejandro Duran, Jim Gingerich, Mamoun Friedrich Grosvenor, Kara Hoblin, Michael Light, Pamela Longobardi, Christa Maiwald, Janine Martel, Steve Miller, Patricia Paladines, Aurora Robson, Cindy Pease Roe, Lauren Ruiz, Kathryn Szoka, and Diane Tuft. Cover Art: by Kara Hoblin.
As much as we look forward to spending time with you at our annual SummerFest celebration and gala, current government restrictions prohibit us from gathering in large groups. This year calls for a new approach. As such, we are taking this moment to honor, recognize and thank SAC’s most cherished and loyal friends by introducing our 2020 Patrons Circle. In lieu of supporting our annual Summerfest Gala, we invite past SummerFest supporter and longtime friends of SAC to join our new 2020 Patrons Circle. Your contribution will allow us to continue SAC’s year-round programming and serve as a critical economic driver that will lead this community out of these unsure times. Additionally, in return for your support or $10,000 or above, you will receive: - Two or Four seats to an intimate Appreciation Dinner to be held on Friday, August 21 in SAC’s Caesar Garden ($10,000/$25,000) - Recognition on summer 2020 Patrons Circle Wall inside SAC’s front gallery - Free admission to all SAC events this summer - A private tour of SAC’s Summer Exhibition 2020 VISION, in partnership with the New York Academy of Arts - Satisfaction in knowing that your contribution will significantly support this organization and our community during these challenging times