Discovery Channel is set to chronicle the workings of young New York environmentalists in a new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Kristi Jacobson and Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams.
Tentatively titled Billion Oyster Project, the film will explore the efforts of a group of high school students working to restore once-bountiful oysters of New York’s Governor’s Island and the environmental benefits they bring to New York Harbor.
The doc will feature the work of these students and their teachers as they attempt to turn the tide on decades of neglect and revive New York City’s waterways.
Emmy Award-winning producer Julie Goldman and her Motto Pictures are slated to produce the doc, which will premiere under the Discovery ‘Impact’ banner in 2018.
“When I heard that there is a major project underway to restore a billion oysters to New York’s waters in an effort to clean them up, I was intrigued,” said John Hoffman, executive VP of documentaries and specials at Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel, in a statement. “When I learned about the innovative teachers and dedicated students of the New York Harbor School who are doing that work, I knew it was a story for Discovery ‘Impact.’”
“This film is both a poem to New York’s Harbor and an inspiring call to action,” added co-directors Williams and Jacobson. “The commitment of these kids and the grit and persistence of the program’s leaders have surprised and inspired us at every turn; as filmmakers we are humbled to watch these kids mature into tomorrow’s conservationists before our eyes.”