May 11, 2012

Otter 501 is in theaters starting TODAY!

Otter 501 is a feature film due in theaters this spring! When an adventuresome young woman discovers a sea otter pup stranded on the beach and in desperate need of a second chance, an entire species' survival gets personal.
A storm grows, a sea otter pup is separated from her mother, and a young woman bound for adventure blows in to town. On a wild, windswept beach these lives collide and an entire species’ survival gets personal. Offering a fresh take on the familiar nature documentary format, Otter 501 combines stunning natural history footage with clever, digital age storytelling. Through Katie’s eyes you will see our playful pup, otter number 501, get an amazing second chance at life in the wild. As the two learn to navigate the opportunities and risks of life without anchor we see the incredible efforts people have undertaken to return sea otters from the brink of extinction. Framed against the strikingly beautiful Monterey Bay coastline, the last stronghold of these iconic animals, Katie discovers just how serious this threat remains. Their adventure, unexpected as it was, illustrates what we can do to contribute to the growing movement to protect the southern sea otter…and ourselves.

Although I was never the type of child to have wanted to be a Veterinarian, I have always loved animals.  But there are a few animals that have truly fascinated me my entire life.  Most of those animals are found in or around the water like seals, dolphins, whales and yes, otters. These animals are cute or majestic and simply awe inspiring each for their own reasons.  To say that I was jealous when my niece came back from a mission trip to Panama and had HELD a baby river otter would be an understatement. 
So needless to say when I was given the chance to screen Otter 501, I didn't doubt for a minute that it'd be one I would like.  However, I must admit, I didn't really read the info on it.  You know that info up ^ there at the top of my post.  Had I read it, I might have realized that I'd have another connection with this movie.  That along side the gorgeous footage of the sea otters and the beautiful (and some not so beautiful) areas they are found in the wild, the story is told through the point of view of Katie as she shared here experience through social media.  I mean, how cool is that?  If there is anything I love more than adorable sea would probably be my home away from home, or maybe its my home within my home, whatever it is, its a very real community to me, social media and I always love seeing it featured in TV or movies.  I think it sort of validates my love of social media.
But it's also very real.  Its the way we live today, sharing our lives and our experiences through the internet.  I think there are, as with everything, some drawbacks to our always connected world.  But one of the greatest advantages, as I see it, is the ability to connect to other people, especially people who share the love of something you do.  And that's exactly what Katie does in Otter 501.  In sharing her passion, she makes a greater impact than she could have had alone.  For me this is inspiring.  It makes me consider what my kids might be capable of in this new, ever connected world when they find THEIR Otter 501!   

Otter 501 is in theaters starting May 11!

I received a complimentary copy of Otter 501 on DVD to facilitate this review.


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