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13th Annual Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival to begin with preview party Thursday night

Published: Jan. 26, 2016 at 4:22 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2016 at 5:43 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary will present the Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival, celebrating the Wonders of the Ocean.

The 13th annual film festival will take place Jan. 29 at the Trustees Theater, and Jan. 30 at the Lucas Theatre, both located in Historic Downtown Savannah.

More than a dozen ocean-focused movies, competitions, and talks pack the two-day festival, taking viewers deep beneath the sea to explore nature's magnificent underwater world.

This is the first year they will present 3D ocean films. One of the 3D films is Humpback Whales 3D by two-time Academy Award nominee Greg MacGillivray.

Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D will be presented on opening night at the Trustees Theater. Jean-Michel is the son of famed underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau.

Day two of the festival at the Lucas Theatre opens with two children's films; Journey to the South Pacific and Lost and Found.

The emerging filmmakers competition includes eight filmmakers from as far away as Europe, all vying for the Dr. Robert O. Levitt Emerging Filmmaker Award.

This year's Ocean Film Festival also honors Georgia's military personnel and families with ocean-healing movies. The Current, narrated by Fabien Cousteau,  includes U.S. veteran of the Afghanistan war, Col. Jesse Murphree as he learns to scuba dive and snorkel and learns the healing power of the ocean. SUDS in Action is an inspirational short film assembled by Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS).

Gray's Reef is inviting military folks and their families to an informal burgers and beer reception after the military appreciation session ends, and the foundation that supports Gray's Reef will give any donations raised during that part of the afternoon to local Savannah-area military families in need.

The festival will end with a ticketed Wrap Party on stage at the Lucas Theatre.

The Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, a registered 501 (c) (3) charity that supports the work of sanctuary staff, will be accepting donations from interested attendees.

Suggested donations are $10/day for adults and $5/day for kids and students.

Click here for reserved seats and Wrap Party tickets.

The foundation is also hosting a preview party called Whale Tales: Fins, Flukes, and Films at 24e on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m.  Tickets to the preview party are $50.

Click here for more information.

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