|SAVING JAMAICA BAY|
|Winner: Audience Award: Documentary Feature|
|Cast: ||Susan Baer, Adrian Benepe, Barbara Brown, Kamini Doobay, Cas Holloway, Dan Mundy Jr., Dan Mundy Sr., Don Riepe, Larry Seaman III, Susan Sarandon (Narrator) Robert Yaro|
|Crew: ||Producer: Daniel Hendrick - Editing:Trevor Laurence - Music: Jonathan Sheffer - Sound: Bjorn Bellenbaum - |
Jamaica Bay. It's a place you've probably never heard of. For more than a century, it's where New Yorkers put the things they didn't want. Garbage. Sewage. Factories you could smell for miles. One of America's busiest airports is here. So are the secluded marshes favored by the mob.
But make no mistake: Jamaica Bay is alive. It's the largest open space in New York City - and a key part of a national park called Gateway National Recreation Area. After a long fight, Jamaica Bay is cleaner now than it has been in generations. Yet there is still a long way to go.
In this era of rapidly growing cities and rising seas, urban nature is more important than ever. What can we learn from Jamaica Bay as we prepare for this uncertain future? And what role can all of us play in protecting it?
"Saving Jamaica Bay" tells the untold stories of this unique natural resource and the unlikely urban environmentalists struggling to save the bay ... and their way of life.
David Sigal's filmamking credits include "Florent: Queen of the Meat Market," for which he served as director, producer and cinematographer. This feature-length documentary is about the famous, 24/7 Meatpacking District restaurant/bistro and its eponymous owner and front man Florent Morrellet. This film premiered in June 2012 at the Tribeca Film Festival Cinema Series and was an Audience Award Winner at the Newfest film festival, and won Best Feature & Best Film at the 2012 New York Food Film Festival. David was also co-producer for "Fair Game," starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts and directed by Doug Liman. It premiered in competition in May 2010 at the Cannes Film Festival. Past credits also include director, producer and screenwriter for "The Look," a feature film that premiered in exhibition April 2003 at the Tribeca Film Festival. David has a Master of Fine Arts in Film From NYU/Tisch and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.