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Award-winning filmmaker David Conover will share stories and clips from a creative life with the world’s oceans. He has traveled to some of the most extreme coasts on earth, from Newfoundland to Madagascar and Svalbard to the Galapagos. His talk will also include discussion of current work with the Conservation Media Group, with a focus on sanctuary for marine life, issues related to rising ocean levels, reducing ocean plastic, and transitioning to a low-carbon future.
David Conover was raised in a New England family with strong ties to the sea and a tradition of active storytelling. He is founder and executive director of Compass Light, a 25-year-old production company that has produced over 600 award-winning productions, many exploring the human relationship to the ocean and the outdoors. The company was named a Global Top 100 by Realscreen. In 2003, Compass Light created and developed “Experiential” or “Slow TV,” with its Sunrise Earth series (Discovery). In 2015, they produced their first 4K VOD series, titled Big Picture Earth (CuriosityStream). Three years ago, David founded the Conservation Media Group, a non-profit initiative that builds communication capacity for work targeting urgent ocean and energy challenges via workshops, residencies, grants, and placement of fellows with partner conservation organizations. Recently, he was the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College in Maine. He has also taught at the Maine Media Workshops and serves on the board of the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. David resides in Camden with his wife Beverly.
The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP).