The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Valley

June 10, 2014

Turtle Derby Movie Screening in New Berlin

— NEW BERLIN — Local filmmakers Todd Bieber and Juliana Brafa will screen their documentary Turtle Derby at the New Berlin Elementary School on June 14 at 7 p.m. The event is free and is hosted by the New Berlin Activities Committee.

Every July 4th, New Berlin has held an annual turtle race — a fun event for children that has been going on for the last 50 years. But recently the state outlawed collecting some types of turtles from the wild because they are becoming endangered.

Bieber and Brafa will also be on hand to explain why the state has protected Box Turtles and Wood Turtles. It is illegal to touch these species of turtles and they can not be part of the annual 4th of July Turtle Derby.

“When I was 8-years-old I actually won the New Berlin Turtle Derby,” said Bieber, a director of the film. “While filming, Juliana and I had a blast spending the summer searching for turtles and learning more about turtles than we ever thought we would know.”

Shown from the uniquely insightful, candid and often hilarious perspective of children from central Pennsylvania, Turtle Derby gives voice to the turtle — a slow, silent, unassuming symbol of wisdom — and reveals that both children and turtles have a lot to teach us.

“Turtles are one of my favorite animals and I hope this film sheds some light on how we can keep them living in Pennsylvania for generations,” said Brafa.

Bieber and Brafa are both Winfield natives who currently reside in Brooklyn, N.Y. Their previous film work has been featured in several film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, AFI and Lewisburg’s Campus Theatre Documentary Film Festival.


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