Screening of ‘The Oyster Farmers’ at Ocean County College Sept. 23

Sep 12, 2018

It’s all about oysters, as the Barnegat Bay Partnership hosts a reception and a screening of the film “The Oyster Farmers” on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, on the main campus of Ocean County College.

“In association with Oak Leaf Media, the film’s driving force, the ethos of environmental stewardship, coastal culture and sustainability echoes throughout the documentary,” the BBP notes. “This film aims to raise awareness of our lost oyster culture and to preserve our baymen’s and baywomen’s heritage.”

A pre-screening reception, at 12:30 p.m., is $15 per person, and will feature a selection of raw oysters from local farms chosen by the Barnegat Oyster Collective. “Savor the differences between north and south Barnegat Bay oysters and begin an adventure into the importance of sustainable aquaculture,” the BBP notes. Additional light refreshments will be served.

The film will show at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, or free for those 12 and younger.

As the BBP explained, “‘The Oyster Farmers’ is an award-winning feature-length documentary about coastal life in New Jersey, specifically the Barnegat Bay, and the once prolific Eastern oyster. The Barnegat Bay, historically the epicenter of wild oysters on the eastern seaboard, is now poised to recapture its legacy.

“The film tells the story of how oyster farmers in the Barnegat Bay are leading a renaissance, cultivating a resurgence of the oyster and restoring its heritage.”

Following the screening, hear behind-the-scenes stories – and what’s next – as part of a discussion with some of the oyster farmers and members of the film production crew.

To purchase tickets, visit grunincenter.org/event/the-oyster-farmers.—J.K.-H.

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