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Film Festival - The Perfect Storm

Wednesday - October 19, 2005
MAC Playhouse - 3:30 pm - 6:15 pm

The Perfect Storm

Hosted by: Dr. Robert Singer, Professor of English
College Now English Course Coordinator
Dr. Mary Ortiz, College Now Science Course Coordinator

About the Movie: The Perfect Storm
Director, Wolfgang Peterson - Rating PG
In October 1991, weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. This true-life drama will remind you how powerless we are when faced with the fury of nature, from New England to New Orleans.

About the Presenter: Dr. Mary Theresa Ortiz
Dr. Mary Ortiz is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kingsborough Community College. Interested in space since childhood, she has worked for NASA in the Space Life Sciences Training Program at The Kennedy Space Center in Florida and as Faculty Research Fellow at The Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
She currently is involved in research focused on restoring eel grass in Jamaica Bay, New York.

ACT - Prep

Extra Credit Assignments

There have been recent events covered in newspapers and on television involving the violent and unpredictable nature of the weather. The weather cannot be controlled; it can only be studied scientifically for its effects. In the film, The Perfect Storm, a true-life story, the weather is as important a character as the actors, and the dangerous and unpredictable form the weather takes affects the lives of so many people, in this case, adversely. The film serves as a warning to people that their behavior, no matter what the motivation, will have consequences when signs like a violent storm are ignored by merchants and workers. Even recent events involving Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans makes us wonder if weather warning signs were ignored and if more people might have been saved if others had acted more intelligently and at a faster rate. Like the loss of life of the workers in the film, the question of loss of life and responsibility in New Orleans is complex and divisive.

You have been asked to write a letter to the school newspaper in which you will express your views concerning the issue of responsibility in the recent tragic events in New Orleans. Was the situation, like the tragic outcome of The Perfect Storm, avoidable or simply the "way things go"? What lessons, if any, have we learned about the role of climatology, responsible weather forecasting, and the need for funding scientific research for our society? Fully discuss your view; you may refer to recent events, other opinions, television or newspaper coverage, or even the film The Perfect Storm.

Mini-Research Project

(NOTE: This is NOT a research paper - it is a research-oriented experience in which students gather information. They can prepare outlines, note-cards, a bibliography, cite references, or practice any combination of these skills associated with preparing a research paper).

Utilizing the library and its resources, and/or material from the Internet, prepare an investigative project that focuses on any one of these topics associated with the film, The Perfect Storm:

a) the New England fishing industry
b) the Andrea Gail
c) "nor'easters"
d) satellite weather broadcasting
e) George Clooney

Standard College Essay

Many issues arise from the analysis and discussion of the film, The Perfect Storm . Some of the more important issues involve representing working class people and their struggle for survival, getting along with your fellow workers, keeping close family relations, acting responsibly, and the importance of scientific technology and information. There are other related personal and social issues arising from the analysis of this film, and these are only some suggested and significant themes to consider.

In a full-length essay (approximately 400-500 words), later to be revised for content and correctness, discuss any of the issues raised in the film The Perfect Storm that you consider to be of special interest either for yourself or for society. Feel free to refer to the film or any source of information in your essay. Explain why and how these issues are significant not only in the film but also in relationship to your own life or the lives of other people.


Event Photos The Perfect Storm - October 19, 2005

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