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Marathon Cinema Film Screening
August 22nd at 5:30 PM

About The Film

A new production from WLRN, Troubled Waters: A Turtle's Tale explores the impact of human behavior on our environment-as seen through the lens of one of South Florida's most beloved and fragile underwater creatures-the sea turtle. Featuring acclaimed actor and ocean activist Ted Danson and narrated by Peter Coyote, this one-hour film will take a critical look at the effects of global warming, water pollution and our “throw-away” plastic lifestyle on this keystone species...and inevitably ourselves.

At the center of Troubled Waters is a dedicated team of biologists, researchers and conservationists. Often struggling to remain optimistic for the future, they pour their hearts and souls into saving a species with a past as old as the dinosaur.

Troubled Waters will lead viewers to one single conclusion, that this is not simply a Florida problem, it is indeed a worldwide concern. While education, political will, technology and science offers hope, changing human behavior is crucial. Troubled Waters will reveal the challenges confronting the largest resource of life on earth and offer solutions and actions that can be taken to help turn back the tide.

Production Notes

As South Florida's Storyteller, WLRN is committed to bringing you the very best in original programming. We strive to deliver intriguing local stories that often have a national interest. WLRN has produced multiple Emmy award winning documentaries that air on PBS stations across the country.

WLRN's latest initiative aims to shed light on environmental issues and educate the public on their local and global impact. Florida finds itself at the heart of these issues. Rising sea levels, hotter temperatures, red tide and blue green algae - these are just a few of the threats facing our fragile state. Understanding how these challenges are interconnected can affect how we live and what we can do to be part of the solution.

Troubled Waters: A Turtle's Tale was conceived when it came to our attention that not a single male sea turtle hatchling had been spotted in 3 consecutive years on Florida beaches. It turns out the reason for diminishing males and an increase in females is rising temperatures in the sand that nests are laid. Since that relevant news, WLRN's new film has taken its journey to make our audiences aware of the numerous challenges our oceans face due to human behavior. As South Florida's Storyteller, we felt it was within our mission to delve deeper into this important issue. What better way to tell such an important story than through the eyes of these majestic creatures?

Featured Organizations in the Documentary

Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education.


The Gumbo Limbo nature Center provides environmental education, research, conservation, and a refuge for many varieties of plants and animals - some rare or endangered.


The Turtle Hospital is a fully functioning veterinary hospital for sick and injured sea turtles. They rescue, rehab, and release sea turtles in the Florida Keys.