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Filmmaker Creating Documentary to Highlight Women in Conservation

Wildlife filmmaker Clark DeHart plans to honor two women who founded sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation hospitals. He is raising money towards the creation of this film though a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. 2017-12-02 08:30:07
Clark DeHart, a former natural history TV host and filmmaker, embarks on a new wildlife documentary about sea turtles on the southeast coast. A American citizen, DeHart’s experience with sea turtle conservation film started in North Carolina while visiting The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

His new film project aims to return to North Carolina and Florida in the United State, to highlight the conservation legacy of the founders of two different sea turtle hospitals. Jean Beasley began a sea turtle hospital on Topsail Beach over 20 years ago, along with the development of educational programs and volunteer beach patrol. Eleanor Fletcher, a late resident of Florida, began protecting sea turtles in Juno Beach through the development of educational programs and activities for children.

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center are world-class sea turtle rehabilitation hospitals. Dozens of sea turtles, including some of the most endangered species of sea turtle are admitted to these centers each year. Specialized medical diagnosis and treatments are performed on site.

Sadly, many of the turtles that pass through a turtle hospital are there because of human-caused injuries and illnesses. It is not uncommon for a sea turtle to be missing a flipper from net entanglements, or have buoyancy problems due to the ingestion of plastic bags and fishing hooks. The lucky ones are released back to the ocean after weeks or months of intense care.

DeHart’s film project focuses on the care sea turtle receive, and the two communities which support them. The film will take the viewer on a turtle's journey that includes medical diagnosis, rehabilitation treatment, and ultimately a joyous release back into the wild. It will focus on the incredible care these turtles receive as hospital volunteers conduct daily activities. This film will honor these women as trailblazers, emphasize their conservation initiatives, and acknowledge their public education success. As we look towards the future for sustainability in these programs and the survival of these sea turtle species. DeHart wants to celebrate the vision of these wildlife heroes, and the communities that support them.

DeHart is volunteering his time and expertise for the documentary planned for distribution at conservation film festivals and Amazon’s streaming service. Currently, his film project is not fully funded. He’s started a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to bring this project to life. You can learn more about his film and how you can donate to the project at

Press Information
Clark DeHart Wildlife Films
PO Box 11675

Blacksburg, VA 24062


Clark DeHart
(540) 818 3012

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