5pm at the FI Theatre
Q&A to follow the film
Film Running Time: 39 min.
Directed by Emmy-award-winning filmmakers Kristi Jacobson & Roger Ross Williams, the documentary film Take Back The Harbor celebrates Harbor School students and captures their discoveries, setbacks, and victories in helping to restore oyster reefs to NY Harbor.
“To me, the only way to have hope in restoring the harbor and really the planet as a whole is to make hope. Nothing is going to happen unless someone does it. And that someone else might as well be me.”
—Harbor School student Nicholas
“In 2002, we decided to start this school. There’s an art school in New York, there’s finance, there’s sports schools, there’s every kind of public school, but there’s not a school about New York Harbor,” explains Murray Fisher, the creator of the New York Harbor School and Billion Oyster Project. He along with Pete Malinowski started Billion Oyster Project with the hope to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives. Oysters are good for the harbor because they filter gallons and gallons of pollutants. Billion Oysters Project’s long-term goal is to restore one billion oysters to the New York Harbor by 2035. “Planting a billion oysters in New York Harbor does seem so big and so impossible,” says Fisher. “But we wanted to build a movement.”