Main Stage, Tickets $10
Pre-Show Oyster Tasting available for $15
About the Show
The Oyster Farmers, an award winning, feature-length documentary, centers on coastal life in New Jersey, specifically the Barnegat Bay. Oysters once thrived in the Barnegat Bay, historically the epicenter of wild oysters on the entire Eastern seaboard, but overharvesting and other factors decimated their populations. The once prolific Eastern oyster, an economic and cultural keystone, is now poised to recapture its legacy in the bay. Oyster farmers in the Barnegat Bay are leading a Baymen’s/Baywomen’s renaissance, cultivating a resurgence of the oyster, to restore its heritage.
In association with Oak Leaf Media, the film’s driving force, the ethos of environmental stewardship, coastal culture, and sustainability echoes throughout the film. This film aims to raise awareness of our lost oyster culture and to preserve our bay heritage.
After the screening, interact with those behind this important documentary – the farmers, videographers, and producers. Have your questions ready for a lively Q & A session. Hear more behind-the-scenes stories and find out what’s next for these pioneering oyster farmers and the challenges they face.
Pre-Show Oyster Tasting
Please join us for a pre-screening reception featuring raw oysters from the Barnegat Oyster Collective. A selection of oysters will be chosen from local farms for your tasting as well as light refreshments for those perhaps not as adventurous. Savor the differences between north and south bay oysters as you begin your adventure into the importance of sustainable aquaculture. Learn about the Barnegat Oyster Collective-its farms, its mission and its important connection to our Barnegat Bay ecosystem.
2017 Directed by Corinne Ruff
Length: 69 minutes
Featuring: Parsons Seafood, Barnegat Oyster Collective, Maxwell Shellfish, Forty North Oyster Farms Documentary Crew Angela Andersen Producer, Environmental Consultant Corinne G. Ruff Director, Creator Brendan Walsh Production Partner/Editor (Partner, Oak Leaf Media) Dave Niziolek Director of Photography (Partner, Oak Leaf Media) Kyle Griffin Aerial Photographer, Audio, Grip (Partner, Oak Leaf Media) Kyle Gronostajski Underwater Photographer
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