The Underwater Forest is the latest film from documentary filmmaker, Ben Raines, and the Alabama Coastal Foundation is proud to be a producer along with This is Alabama! The documentary explores an ancient cypress forest discovered sixty feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico off the Alabama coast. The forest dates to an ice age more than 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were about 400 feet lower than they are today. Hurricane Ivan uncovered the Underwater Forest in 2004. Legislation to protect the area was introduced in Congress in 2020, the same year that a record was broken in terms of the most tropical/subtropical storms were recorded in a single year. To watch the film, please click on the image below be directed to YouTube:
Funders Include: AL.com, the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association Alabama, the Hearin-Chandler Foundation, Weeks Bay Foundation, as well as Kickstarter and ACF donors!
The film has received two awards! The American Filmatic Arts Awards chose the film as the Best Ecological Short Documentary and Ben Raines was selected as the recipient of the Alabama Filmmaker Award at the Fairhope Film Festival!