Guardians of the Everglades®

To introduce the public to the fragile beauty of the Everglades and its unique ecosystem; to honor today’s leadership in conservation and restoration through great art and compelling human stories; and to encourage the public and policy makers to participate in the protection of the Everglades.

Year End Report to Contributors and Supporters

NOVEMBER, THE MONTH OF GIVING THANKS

We want to thank, once again, not only financial contributors but also those who have contributed their time and talent.  Your money and your talent have made possible a three day shoot and interview of Franklin Adams in Big Cypress.

Interviews with Guardians Senator Bob Graham,

Dr. Hilary Swain,

and Roy McBride.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary hosted a preview exhibition of the Guardians of the Everglades® in the theater and in the entry hall for three months.  The edited walk through to TigerTiger’s“Painter’s Song” contributed by Lee Tiger is at

Most recently, the edited teaser of the opening reception of the Guardians of the Everglades® to the donated use of Walt Leutzinger’s “River of Grass” brings us up to date.

Please see other clips at

all produced by Connie and the support of Lighthawk.org for the aerials.  That support continues.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

In addition to producing clips that will be incorporated into the exhibition videos as well as the documentary, Nicholas and Connie have underwritten the production of the portraits and the sheer banners as well as the renovation of space for work and public display in Naples. We will continue to open the studio on Wednesdays and to hold special events during the Naples “Season.”

PENDING GRANT APPLICATIONS

We have been writing grant applications with mixed results. Still pending are applications to the Guggenheim Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Aaron Siskind Foundation, and Ford Foundation’s JustFilms. We will apply to others such as the Sorenson Foundation, CinemaReach, MacArthur and Boeing as they open for application.

NEXT STEPS

Approaching the Guardians of the Everglades® project from the ultimate goal -- to educate the public in the power of leadership in protecting the American Everglades --we are exploring a public venue in south Florida as a permanent home. The Lutgert School of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University seems ideal. Can you help us meet and present the proposal to decision makers there? Once a commitment is reached with FGCU or another public venue, we can more effectively raise the $1.2 million to make it possible.

In the meantime, Nicholas paints the remaining Guardians’ portraits and Connie continues to film the Everglades. 

LECTURES:   Contact us at 239-405-2010 or GuardiansoftheEverglades@gmail.com to schedule a lecture for 2015. 

2015 schedule:
Feb. 12 - Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, “Wild Love Affair,” Punta Gorda, FL
Mar. 6-8 - FCCC - “What Art You Trying to Say?” Naples, FL

END OF YEAR GIVING:

Women in Film and Video are our fiscal sponsor for all aspects of the project -- film, exhibition and book.  For year end tax deductible giving please click www.guardiansoftheeverglades.com/how-to-help/

Thank you.  We appreciate your continuing support.


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