2012-05-04 / Community

Hendricks Produces Jamaica Bay Documentary

By Debbie Fleury

Jamaica Bay has a history rich in wildlife, Russian and Indo-Caribbean culture and an “unearthly” landscape to capture on film. Communications Director Dan Hendrick is attempting to bring all of that to light by producing the first-ever, full length feature documentary about Jamaica Bay in “Jamaica Bay Lives!”

Located between the southern tips of Brooklyn and Queens, Jamaica Bay is home to one of the largest animalfriendly sanctuaries in New York City. Fish, wild birds and plant life exist in a way that’s accessible by subway. After years of environmental abuse, pollution and overharvesting, the bay is currently in a much better condition now that advocates have slowly been rehabilitating it.

Hendrick kicked off the drive for donations with IOBY, on Sunday, April 22, to help the Jamaica Bay documentary win the support of PBS, National Geographic, and the Sundance Channel. It is important for Hendrick and other environmentally conscious advocates to share the story about the bay, to get as many people as possible excited about the Jamaica Bay wildlife and the inhabitants who are deeply connected to it.

Award-winning filmmaker behind Florent: Queen of the Meat Market, David Sigal, is directing the documentary. Photos and video about the Jamaica Bay are currently being collected by Hendrick and his staff: and anyone from the public who wishes to participate may submit his or her materials to: jamaicabaylives@gmail.com

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