On Saturday, January 20, 2018, the tri-state dive community will once again convene on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, for an evening of underwater entertainment. The Long Island Diver’s Association (LIDA) Film Festival is an annual tradition that helps to shake the winter doldrums and inspire dreams of dive adventures to come.
This year, a compelling slate of speakers, photographers and filmmakers will be featured at the film festival.
Larry Cohen and Olga Torrey will be taking the audience on a journey south of the border in their program titled “The Many Faces of Mexico”. Peter Venoutsos will introduce the audience to “The Seals of Shoal Island.” Ryan Christie and Ashley DaCosta will share their experiences from “A Summer of Diving” while John Moyer will present “Art Treasures of the Andrea Doria”.
Long Island’s local marine environment consists of many different eco-systems. Soren Dahl will uncover the fascinating world of seagrass in “Long Island Seagrass: Science and Conservation”. Eco-Photo Explorers Michael Salvarezza and Christopher Weaver will journey north of the Arctic Circle to explore “Greenland: The Vanishing Frontier” and to round out the program, renowned film maker Rick Morris will honor legendary explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle in “The View Through My Mask”.
Attendees of the film festival are also treated to a very popular after party immediately following the conclusion of the show. Here, in addition to food and refreshments, dozens of raffle prizes are distributed. These prizes range from equipment giveaways to all-inclusive dive holidays in remote locations and on famous liveaboard dive vessels. At the party, divers get the chance to meet the speakers, renew friendships, swap stories and begin planning the upcoming dive season.
“The Long Island Divers Association’s annual Film Festival is the perfect opportunity for all of the Long Island and New York City divers, dive stores, dive shops and dive boat captains to come together at one location to enjoy the camaraderie within our great organization.,” says Barry Lipsky, President of LIDA.
The Long Island Divers Association (LIDA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit regional organization dedicated to the promotion of local diving, the representation of divers interests throughout the diving and general community, and the protection of divers rights through outreach to local and regional government officials, uses the film festival as a key fund raiser for all of its ongoing efforts. Attendees not only enjoy the remarkable presentations and entertaining after party, but they can be assured that their entrance fee goes towards the support of the LIDA organization.
Tickets are on sale for this event. To buy tickets, or to learn more about LIDA and the Film Festival, visit them online at www.lidaonline.com.