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SEA CHANGE: The Gulf of Maine, A NOVA Special Presentation

July 18

July 18

7 PM

This is a Free event

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Lincoln Theater is pleased to partner with Island Institute, GBH, and Maine Public in bringing you a free sneak peek and insider experience into the upcoming, not yet released, three-part series from PBS NOVA, SEA CHANGE: The Gulf of Maine!

This screening event features excerpts from three films in the upcoming prime time public television series SEA CHANGE: The Gulf of Maine, A NOVA Special Presentation and will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. SEA CHANGE explores a body of water that is warming 97% faster than the global ocean, and what that means for the Gulf of Maine – for the animals, for the jobs dependent upon it, and the millions of people along its shores – and may serve as a preview of what could happen worldwide due to climate change.

SEA CHANGE blends science, exploration, stunning natural history, and stories of folks who pull their lives from this remarkable sea within a sea. The films feature a wide range of voices from the first people here to scientists, clammers, and kelpers, from lobstermen to young, innovative entrepreneurs, all facing changes in the ecosystem that has provided for so many for so long.

The panel will feature National Geographic Photographer, Brian Skerry, who is also a Producer on the series and whose cover story on the same topic publishes in the June edition of National Geographic; series Director, Writer, and Producer, Chun-Wei Yi; series Executive Producer, John Bredar; and Susie Arnold, Senior Ocean Scientist for the Island Institute. Rick Schneider, President and CEO of Maine Public, will moderate the panel.

 Approx. Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes (50 minutes of film clips, 40 minutes of  Q&A)

This special event is presented in partnership with Island Institute, GBH, and Maine Public


Guest Bios:

Rick Schneider – Maine Public President and CEO
We are pleased to welcome Rick Schneider as our guest moderator for the NOVA: Sea Change event. Rick Schneider serves as president and CEO of Maine Public, the public media company operating statewide networks for Maine Public Radio (NPR), Maine Public Television (PBS), and the Maine Public Classical radio network. His background included positions in broadcast journalism, philanthropy, and public media leadership before joining Maine Public in 2021.
Schneider started his career as a television news reporter and anchor in Florida and served as a Washington bureau correspondent for Post-Newsweek Stations, owned by the Washington Post Company, before moving to news director and then station manager of WUFT-TV in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida.
His public media leadership experience began in 1998 when he was named president and CEO of KNPB in Reno, where he led the capital campaign for the transition to digital television.
In 2004, he became president and CEO of WPBT in Miami, serving South Florida from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. WPBT produced the news program Nightly Business Report for national broadcast on public television stations.
Schneider served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of WETA, the PBS station and classical music radio station serving Washington, DC, from 2013 to 2017. He helped implement WETA’s acquisition of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and served as the first president of NewsHour Productions LLC, the WETA affiliate with oversight of PBS NewsHour.
He worked at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, a DC-based nonprofit serving family foundations nationwide, before returning to public media at Maine Public.
Schneider has served on the board of directors of PBS and chaired the boards of the Public Television Major Market Group, Florida Public Media, and the Pacific Mountain Network.
He holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, where he was named to the College of Journalism and Communications Hall of Fame as an Alumnus of Distinction. He and his wife reside in Maine. They have two adult children.

Brian Skerry is a film producer/director and veteran photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater realms. Brian’s signature style is to create intimate stories and visuals that inspire audiences to see the world in new ways.
His recent documentary film credits include Secrets of the Whales and Return of the White Shark, both currently streaming on Disney+. In 2021 Brian received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary as a producer of Secrets of the Whales.
Since 1998 Brian has been a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine, where he has created and photographed more than 30-feature stories, including 7 cover stories. His work has also been featured in publications such as Sports Illustrated, The NY Times, The Washington Post, Paris Match, Esquire, and Audubon. He is an 11-time award winner in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition held in London. Brian has also been recognized with awards from Pictures of the Year International, Nature’s Best, Communication Arts and is the only photographer to win the coveted Peter Benchley Award for Excellence in Media.
In 2014 he was named as a National Geographic Society Photography Fellow and then named a National Geographic Society Storytelling Fellow in 2017 the same year he was awarded the title of Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year. In 2016 he received the National Geographic Magazine – Photographer’s Photographer Award, a recognition bestowed by his colleagues, other National Geographic Magazine photographers. In 2019 he received the NOGI Award for Arts. In 2021, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Worcester State University in Massachusetts.
Brian is the author of 12 books including the acclaimed monographs Ocean Soul, SHARK and Secrets of the Whales.
Brian frequently lectures on ocean exploration, storytelling and conservation, having presented at venues such as The United Nations General Assembly, The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, TED Talks, The National Press Club in Washington, DC, The Royal Geographical Society in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
He has had numerous solo-photographer exhibits in cities worldwide including Geneva, Barcelona, Lisbon, Siena, Shanghai and Paris.

John Bredar is GBH’s Vice President of National Programming, overseeing GBH’s many celebrated original primetime series for PBS and related digital media including FRONTLINE, NOVA, MASTERPIECE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. He also oversees GBH Lifestyles, known for award winning series such as Lidia Celebrates America, Lidia’s Kitchen, Simply Ming, Weekends with Yankee, Moveable Feast, Roadfood, and others, as well as specials like Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir.
Bredar joined GBH in 2013 after 26 years with National Geographic, where he was responsible for the development, production, and post-production of more than 150 programs as Senior Executive Producer for National Geographic Specials. Bredar’s work earned him the Best Director Emmy for his 2004 film, Field of Honor, an inside look at Arlington Cemetery. His co-production with GBH’s NOVA, Ape Genius, was recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award.
Bredar also is the author of The President’s Photographer, which explores the history of presidential photographers while following the day-to-day work of President Obama’s photographer, Pete Souza. Bredar holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Susie Arnold, PhD, is the Senior Ocean Scientist and Director of the Center for Climate and Community at Island Institute. As Senior Ocean Scientist at the Island Institute, Susie works on the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine resources and fisheries-dependent communities. Her current areas of focus include working with fishermen to diversify their businesses to include shellfish and seaweed aquaculture, researching the environmental benefits of farming edible seaweed, and helping coastal communities better understand the implications of sea level rise so they can make informed adaptation decisions. Susie earned a masters degree in Marine Policy and a doctoral degree in Marine Biology from the University of Maine.