RiverBlue kicks off the 2019 “Ding” Darling Film Series on Jan. 9 at the Community House on Sanibel Island.
RiverBlue kicks off the 2019 “Ding” Darling Film Series on Jan. 9 at the Community House on Sanibel Island.

The seventh annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series kicks off its free bi-weekly showings on Jan. 9 with the documentary RiverBlue at 1 p.m. in the Community House at 2173 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island. (Note the change in venue because of the partial government shutdown.)

Narrated by actor, director, and clean water activist Jason Priestley, RiverBlue dives into one of the world’s most polluting industries: fashion. It examines the destruction of our rivers, pollution’s effect on humanity, and solutions for a sustainable future.

The film, which has been an official selection of a number of film festivals across North America, including CineEco 2017 and the San Diego International Film Festival 2017, follows international river conservationist Mark Angelo as he spans the globe to infiltrate the fashion industry and effect change.

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) hosts the free film showings with sponsorship from Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

Below are the season’s scheduled films. All remaining films begin at 1 p.m. in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center Auditorium, unless the shutdown continues. Visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org for updates.

A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people's points of view and analyzing what they just watched. For full descriptions of the films, please visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.

Jan. 9 - RiverBlue
Jan. 23 - Untold Stories: Sanibel I
Feb. 6 - A Plastic Ocean
Feb. 20 - Saving Sea Turtles
March 6 - JANE
March 20 - Invasion of the Giant Pythons
April 3 - Saving Atlantis