For Immediate Release May 23rd 2017
Short documentary Melting Stars documents the largest species die-off in recorded history.
Film Screens at Dances with Films Festival, Hollywood, CA- June 5th 5pm
Vancouver, BC May 23rd: Sea Stars were dying by the millions and marine biologists were witnessing an epidemic that was the largest observed species die off of human history. Melting Stars has its WEST COAST premiere at the 20th Dances With Films Film festival on June 5th @ 5pm at The Chinese 6 Theatres in the heart of Hollywood, CA
Melting Stars unravels the mystery behind one of the most catastrophic species die offs in recorded history. In 2013 scuba divers off the West coast of British Columbia discovered that the star fish were dying in the millions and suffering horrific deaths. They were disintegrating into goo on the ocean floor and the environmental balance of the marine ecosystem was being changed. Soon the immensity of this epidemic came to light and what researchers had dubbed the Sea Star Wasting Syndrome was now effecting several star fish species all along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Mexico. The virus was also discovered in preserved museum samples from the 1940’s. So, what has changed? Melting Stars follows the clues on this marine mystery.
“I was thrilled to have had such an enthusiastic response from the audience when we screened at the International Wildlife Film Festival where we won the Best Short film award. Melting Stars went on to be nominated for best short at NORTHWESTFEST in Edmonton, AB and now, I am truly humbled return as an alumna to DWF and have my film shown alongside such entertaining and interesting films.” says director Kate Green.
Filmed in Vancouver and on the Central Coast of British Columbia, as well as Cornell University in New York, Melting Stars chronicles the devastating disease and ask what does this mean for our ecosystem?
“Growing up on the West Coast of Canada you cannot help but have a love for the ocean and mountains. Countless hours of my childhood summer vacations were spent flipping rocks and squealing with delight as crabs scattered over the beach. Exploring tide pools and collecting sand dollars is almost a rite of passage for any kid growing up on the coast. It becomes a part of you and those sunny memories will forever have a place in your heart. Seeing first-hand the destruction of a species is heartbreaking especially when it happens in your own ‘backyard’.”, says Green.
This is a catastrophic species die-off and it is the largest wipe out of a keystone marine species ever recorded. Only part of the mystery has been solved and the biggest questions of how this will affect our environment long term are still to be answered. The clock is ticking and the real test on how these animals are surviving will come very soon as ocean temperatures continue to rise.
Melting Stars was funded by the BravoFactual foundation to assist Canadian talent, which was recently scrapped by the new CRTC rulings.
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About Kate Green – Kate Green has a passion for telling engaging and inspiring stories. Kate has worked as a producer or director on numerous television programs including W Network’s Shannon & Sophie, CBC’s Keeping Canada Alive & Keeping Canada Safe, W Network’s Game of Homes, HGTV’s Urban Suburban, and Strangers in Danger for Fuel TV. As well, Kate completed her Series Producer apprenticeship on the 1st season of Still Standing for CBC.
Kate has produced several award winning short films: Joanna Makes a Friend, Funny Business, Uniforms, and the short drama thriller Shadowplay, which received a nomination for best short at the New York International Film Festival, Yorkton Film Festival, and the Leo Awards; it went on to win a Special Jury Award at the Houston International Film Festival.
Kate’s first documentary as a director, Not A Stranger, has just completed its festival run to great success: it won the Audience Choice Award at the Vancouver Short Film Festival and was nominated for Best ‘Made in Canada’ Short Film at the Northwestfest in Edmonton.
Kate is a proud Alumna of Women in the Director’s Chair Story & Leadership Program, the National Screen Institute of Canada, Reykjavík International Film Festival Talent Lab, Vancouver Island University, and the University of British Columbia Entertainment Administration Program.
Media Contact: Interviews and screeners are available upon request. Link to high res images available.