“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.
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 documentary aims to raise awareness of our lost oyster culture and to preserve our Baymen’s and Baywomen’s heritage.
Where: Grunin Center for the Arts (on the campus of Ocean County College)
When: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Reception: 12:30 p.m. – Optional pre-screening reception ($15 per person)
A pre-screening reception will feature raw oysters from the Barnegat Oyster Collective. A selection of oysters will be chosen from local farms. Light refreshments will also be served for those perhaps not as adventurous. Savor the differences between north and south Barnegat Bay oysters and begin an adventure into the importance of sustainable aquaculture.
Screening: 2:00 p.m. – Film screening ($10 per person/12 and under free)
After the screening, hear behind-the-scenes stories and what’s next in a lively discussion with some of the oyster farmers and members of the film production crew.
To purchase tickets, visit grunincenter.org/event/the-oyster-farmers