• WUSF TV Premieres “The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida.”

    image008 copyFilm documents 1,000-mile, 70-day nature expedition

    TAMPA, Fla. (November 18, 2015) – Following a sold-out premiere at the Tampa Theater and rave reviews, WUSF Public Media this Thursday evening will broadcast for the first time the documentary “The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida.”  WUSF has been a major sponsor of the project and will now distribute the film nationally to other PBS affiliates.


    The stunningly beautiful film chronicles the 1,000-mile, 70-day trek on foot, kayak and bike from the Everglades Headwaters, across the Panhandle to the Alabama border by three friends, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, biologist Joe Guthrie and photographer and National Geographic explorer, Carlton Ward Jr.


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    [endif]Their purpose: Help preserve Florida wildlife by focusing on the need to protect and restore the missing natural links through the state, improve the health of life-sustaining freshwater flows and embrace the continued vibrancy of Florida’s rural way of life.


    Along their way, the trio slogged through miles of swampland, helped fire crews clear underbrush, swam in fresh-water springs with scores of manatee, tracked native Florida Black Bear and kayaked through the untouched nature that still stretches through the heart of the state.

    Each week of the trek, WUSF reporter Steve Newborn spoke with the trio and produced updates that were picked up by many public radio stations across the state, and WUSF produced two Florida Matters shows about the trek. Now the final film is set for broadcast:


    Time:              Thursday, November 19 at 8 p.m.

    Channel:        Broadcast: 16

    Verizon FiOS: 516 HD, 470 SD

    Bright House: 1016 HD, 616 SD

    Comcast: 441 HD, 205 SD

    DishNetwork/DirecTV: Check your individual lineup.

    Preview:         To view a trailer for the film, click: https://vimeo.com/139721867


    WUSF TV will repeat the showings Friday, November 20 at 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., and Saturday, November 21 at 6 p.m.


    “We are proud to partner with WUSF to share with the world the natural wonders we have in Florida. Wildlife habitats and people’s ways of life can be protected through the Florida Wildlife Corridor for generations to come. We hope you enjoy the story of our journey and the working lands and wild places it chronicles,” said Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, Florida Wildlife Corridor Executive Director.


    Filmmaker Eric Bendick of Grizzly Creek Productions produced the documentary for WUSF, which will distribute the film to public broadcasting stations nationwide. The film is already receiving rave reviews, and following a sold-out show last week, the Tampa Theater added a second screening over the weekend.


    Reflecting the wide public support for the project, the Florida Wildlife Corridor organization this week reached its $37,000 goal on a Kickstarter campaign aimed at raising awareness about Florida’s natural habitats. Please visit the Kickstarter campaign for more information (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2058572040/florida-wildlife-corridor-a-vision-to-keep-florida?ref=nav_search).


    About WUSF Public Media

    WUSF Public Media is a comprehensive media organization that provides media services to the community and businesses through public broadcasting and multi-media production services. Licensed to the University of South Florida, WUSF Public Media has been serving the public interest through programming, educational outreach and community partnerships for 50 years. For more information, visit www.wusf.org.


    About the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition:

    The Florida Wildlife Corridor is an organization devoted to advancing a statewide network of wildlife corridors, in order to ensure the long-term survival of wildlife, the health of life-sustaining freshwater flows and the continued vibrancy of Florida’s rural way of life. The organization focuses attention on the need to protect and restore missing links in the Corridor. Aside from its benefits to wildlife and people, a designated Florida Wildlife Corridor will provide a green framework for smart growth, now and into the future, to accommodate an increasing population. To learn more about the Florida Wildlife Corridor please visit www.floridawildlifecorridor.org.