Attendees gathered in the indoor screening room of the Southampton Arts Center to enjoy a full feature documentary titled The Edge of Existence, made by Black Bean Productions. Black Bean Productions creates films with cause-related, purpose-filled content about important conservation issues in Africa. The Edge of Existence features communities living along side the Serengeti National Park and aims to uncover the untold story of human-wildlife conflict in Africa. The screening also included a behind the scenes clip of Black Bean Productions’ experience filming the documentary and words from The Grumeti Fund, an NGO featured in the film that is actively involved in preserving 350,000 acres of previously neglected Serengeti wilderness. Attendees included Bonnie Evans Pfeifer, Kim Charlton, Elyn Kronemeyer, Krista Krieger and Nicci Young Wiese.
“I am honored to celebrate the incredible work of Black Bean Productions who make very important films about pertinent conservation issues in Africa,” said Krista Krieger, Chair of the Board & Executive Director of Empowers Africa.
Purist was the evening’s media partner, with Brown Harris Stevens as the event’s sponsor. Additional support for film programming was provided by Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs.
About Empowers Africa:
Empowers Africa is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on funding programs in communities that surround protected conservation and wildlife areas or World Heritage sites; programs in urban communities where tourism is a strong source of development; and programs that support the protection of wildlife and land conservation. Empowers Africa has granted close to nine million dollars to over 54 organizations in 15 countries. Empowers Africa serves as a fiscal sponsor to over 23 organizations working on the ground in Africa. Through their 501(c)3 status, they efficiently collect and process donations for some of the most effective changemakers on the continent, allowing them to focus on what’s most important—the work being done on the ground.