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Discovery Award
By Rolls-Royce

Honors the film that makes an outstanding effort to promote learning about science to the general public. The film generates interest and enthusiasm for science and knowledge acquisition. It showcases an exemplary balance between education and entertainment.

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Discovery Award
By Rolls-Royce

Mussel Grubbing: A Citizen Science Treasure Hunt

Embarking on a citizen scientist's journey, the jury was particularly struck by the film's remarkable portrayal of the accessibility of science, conservation, and environmental action within local communities. It commendably illustrates that science and conservation are endeavors in which everyone can actively participate. The narrative unfolds around everyday individuals in Illinois who are fervently supporting scientific initiatives crucial for the well-being of their local environment. The pursuit of a diverse and thriving collection of healthy mussels stands as a testament to a flourishing river ecosystem, directly correlating to the health and vitality of the community members. This profound connection between a healthy river and the well-being of the people is vividly depicted throughout the film. Beyond the scientific pursuit, the film beautifully showcases the unifying effect of these experiences, emphasizing the way people come together to ensure the prosperity of their community. It highlights the collective efforts undertaken by individuals, fostering a sense of shared responsibility towards environmental preservation. With an aim to demystify the often complex processes of scientific research, RiverWatch Director and Stream Ecologist, Danelle Haake, expressed, 'The goal of this film will be to demystify the overall process of scientific research.' The jury recognized and commended this intention, acknowledging the film's ability to present science and conservation as accessible and inclusive endeavors for individuals from all walks of life. It serves as an inspiring testament to the idea that environmental stewardship is a collective responsibility achievable by all.

  • Categories Natural Science, Life Science & Technology

  • Produced by Talia Watkins
  • Running Time 7 minutes
  • Country United States of America
  • Year 2021

Director Details

Jason Lindsey