Earlier this year, alumnus Ziggy Livnat (MFA 2002 Photography and Related Media) produced a pair of public service announcements aimed at tourists visiting the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The first was New Year’s Resolution for the Sea, followed by Caribbean Marine Etiquette, a seven-minute film in both English and Spanish that educates viewers about the threat that plastic litter poses to the environment.
Created with several hundred dives worth of footage in the region and a voice-over from actor Benicio Del Toro, the etiquette PSA recently won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. The film explores several marine ecosystems and their inhabitants, including mangroves, sea grasses and coral reefs, teaching viewers about impending threats and what they can do to help. “We wanted to show the beauty as well as the urgent need for action,” says Livnat.