Between the Tides: The Legacy of Pioneering Marine Ecologist Ed Ricketts

Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author John Steinbeck turned his friend Ed Ricketts into the colorful “Doc” character in his classic novel Cannery Row, but it’s the real Ed Ricketts (1897 – 1948) whose spirit permeates this remarkable new work by award winning Redlands filmmaker Peter Coonradt.

Ricketts was a founder of modern environmentalism and a pioneer of ecology as a scientific discipline.  His book Between Pacific Tides remains the primary reference on west coast marine invertebrates, more than seventy years after its first publication.

Between The Tides follows retired marine biologist Bud Laurent on a quest to reconnect with some old friends, naturalists whose lives embody the curiosity, mental discipline and sense of wonder that made Ricketts a great scientist and “the Renaissance man of Cannery Row.”

Don’t miss the Southern California premier of this inspiring film, shot on the California central coast and in Baja California.  Peter Coonradt will introduce the film and join audience members for questions and discussion at the reception following the screening.

When: September 12, 2012

Time: 5:30pm

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