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A still of an oyster harvester in the short documentary film “An Oyster’s-Eye View of the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program

VCU Rice Rivers Center documentary wins prize at RVA Environmental Film Festival

February 8, 2018

By Leah Small, University Public Affairs
 

A short documentary by a VCU Life Sciences faculty member is the winning entry for local environmental subjects at the annual RVA Environmental Film Festival.

“An Oyster’s-Eye View of the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program,” by Ronaldo Lopez, showcases the work of VOSRP, an initiative of the VCU Rice Rivers Center. The recycling program, headed by Todd Janeski, aims to restore oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed through the creation of sanctuary oyster reefs. VOSRP recycles waste oyster shells from partner restaurants to use as the substrate of these reefs.

Lopez, a faculty research associate at the Rice Rivers Center, used inventive camera work to communicate the work of VOSRP through the “eyes” of an oyster. A combination of wide shots and shots from the perspective of an oyster being harvested, plated, eaten and finally recycled, tell the life story of the bivalve.

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