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The Riddle in a Bottle wins award for best children’s film
DVD wins award at the largest environmental film festival in the Unites States

MILFORD, Michigan – The Riddle in a Bottle won the award for Best Children’s Film at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA, at a ceremony on Jan. 10, 2008, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in the United States, screening over 130 films at this year’s festival. Patagonia, a designer of outdoor clothing and gear based in Reno, NV, sponsored the festival.

The Riddle in a Bottle, filmed and directed by award-winning wildlife filmmakers Laura Sams and Robert Sams of Sisbro Studios, tells the story of two siblings who must solve a mysterious riddle from the ocean. It took two years to film the wildlife footage, featuring loggerhead sea turtles, dolphins, tide pool fish, frogs and a singing pirate. The movie helps children learn how life on earth is connected through moving water.

“I had one teacher tell me it was the best children’s film she has ever seen at this festival,” said festival co-founder Janet Cohen. “The children’s jury voted for the winner, and they unanimously voted for The Riddle in a Bottle.”

“The film absolutely brought the house down,” said Festival Director Kathy Dotson.

Laura Sams and Robert Sams attended the film festival and interacted with audiences after their screenings. “We had packed audiences at all four screenings. It was such a welcoming community, who really appreciated films, as well as ways to help the environment. And it was so fun to listen to adults and children laughing and learning together while they watched the film,” said Laura Sams.

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by focusing on activism and ways to make a difference in communities and the world. It is sponsored by the South Yuba River Citizen’s League, a group of citizens dedicated to protecting the Yuba River in California.

The Riddle in a Bottle was funded in part by The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), a worldwide organization dedicated to ocean research and conservation.

“We are committed to making programs that help children love the natural world, before they must shoulder the burden of saving it,” said Robert Sams.

Robert Sams and Laura Sams are a brother and sister duo and authors of A Pirate’s Quest, a new children’s book inspired by The Riddle in a Bottle and published by Carl R. Sams II Photography (www.strangerinthewoods.com). The Riddle in a Bottle is available for $19.95 each at many area gift shops and bookstores, or by calling 1-800-552-1867. For more information visit www.sisbro.com and www.apiratesquest.com.

For Immediate Release

Date: January 16, 2009

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