Global Warming and Film Conference: International Experts Meet to Discuss Upcoming Film on Global Warming

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The Johnson Foundation will host a meeting of scientists, filmmakers, policy analysts, and foundation representatives to generate recommendations for an upcoming film on global warming based on the Venetian screenplay, WATERMARK. The meeting will be held at The Johnson Foundations’s Wingspread facility in Racine, Wisconsin, from July 22 – 24, 2005.

The experts will discuss the effects of global warming on international coastal cities using the Venetian screenplay WATERMARK as a centerpiece for discussion.

WATERMARK, a romantic drama, tells the fictional story of an American marine biologist and an Italian engineer who are passionately driven to save Venice, Italy, from sinking, but with opposite solutions. The film explores the real life problems facing the famed city, which is threatened by further devastating sinkage this century due to a combination of factors, particularly the rising of the seas, worsened by global warming. WATERMARK examines the proposed solution - the retractable dam project (MOSE) - and the controversy involving the hazards it poses to the lagoon ecosystem and global ecological balance. Film production is slated for 2006 by Bongiorno Productions, Emmy nominated, award-winning filmmakers, Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno.

The Johnson Foundation regularly sponsors conferences in the public interest including topics dealing with Sustainable Development and the Environment at their Wingspread Conference Center. This is their first Film Conference.

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Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno
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