HBO film "Saving Pelican 895" to premiere at St. Norbert College

Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.

From St. Norbert College, March 22, 2011
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College will host HBO's regional premiere of the movie "Saving Pelican 895" on Thursday, April 7 in Fort Howard Theater, F.K. Bemis International Center on campus. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. The movie, which lasts 45 minutes, will begin at about 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

"HBO publicists became familiar with the college when they were here for the "Lombardi" film last fall," according to Bob Pyne director of St. Norbert College's Peace and Justice Center. "We have remained in touch with them about other events that we might be able to bring to the area and HBO felt that St. Norbert College would be a worthwhile venue for the movie "Saving Pelican 895." The film debuts nationally April 20 exclusively on HBO. It's directed by Oscar nominee and Peabody winner Irene Taylor Brodsky (HBO's "The Final Inch" and "Hear and Now").

Saving Pelican 895 offers an inspiring bird's-eye view into the rigorous process employed to save thousands of oiled birds affected by BP's deepwater horizon oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana April 20, 2010. This is the story of the rescue effort to save the 895th surviving oiled pelican in Louisiana, and how conservationists, government agencies, and wildlife activists joined forces in hopes of preserving this one life, revealing the breadth of the overall rescue efforts. The story honors the work of those agencies and individuals who poured their hearts into the cleanup and recovery after the oil spill. Local experts who do similar things on an ongoing basis in northeast Wisconsin will be apart of a panel discussion following the movie.

HBO and the St. Norbert College Peace and Justice Center, together with Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, the Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society, and the Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) at UWGB are sponsoring this event.

For more information, contact Catherine Kasten at 920-403-3919 or catherine.kasten@snc.edu. Or visit the website at http://www.snc.edu/go/pelican.