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Film From page 7 will be more seasoned." He said the next year's film fes- tival could draw twice as many or more visitors to Catalina from the mainland, giving the local econo- my another an added boost. As the festival took place over Mother's Day weekend, Truppa's mother was in attendance and he enlisted her to do some announc- ing at one of the ceremonies. "She had a wonderful time," Truppa said. Avalon guests and local partici- pants in the festival also had posi- tive things to say. "We were extremely pleased with the quality of the event, the great films that were included, and the turnout," said Leslie Baer, spokesperson for the Conservan- cy, which is the beneficiary of the festival. "Anyone who has tried to launch an event on the Island knows how difficult it can be. It wouldn't have been possible with- out the support of the community - those who helped with transpor- tation, hotels who provided rooms and venues, and all of the many volunteers who came out to help. "We are especially  grateful to the Island Company for making the theatre available for opening night and screenings on Saturday, which created a special ambiance and set the tone for a great week- end." The festival also added to the city's bottom line through hotel bed taxes. Canyon Resort and Spa was reported to have sold out two weeks before the event thanks to festivalgoers. Seaport Village was also nearly sold out. One of the biggest winners of the weekend could be Islander col- umnist Jim Watson. After Watson's documentary film Wings Across " the Channel was screened he was approached to have it purchased for distribution in Europe. At press time, he was reportedly in contract negotiations. At the awards ceremony, the winners of the Best Short Film, "Runner," were in tears as they accepted their award. They also received a $5,000 post-produc- tion certificate from Green House Entertainment, memberships to Film Independent and InkTip, a full suite of Hollywood tools from Showbiz Software, and a Crystal Trophy that resembles an artistic version of Catalina. The total value of their prizes was over $9,000, according Baer. The Best Feature, "Small Town Murder songs," received the same prizes valued at more than $15,000. The Best Documentary award went to "Something Ventured." Best Student Film went to "Lily." The Lancer Award (named af- ter Avalon" High School's mascot) went to Best Screenplay for "The Stowaway." The Conservancy presented three awards: The Isla Earth Award for Environmental Advo- cacy went to Ed Begley; Isla Earth Award of Merit went to "Dive," about dumpster divers and food wasted by grocery stores; and the Isla Earth Award of Excellence for Environmental Filmmaking went to "Facing the Storm," about the plight of the American bison. "We are extremely appreciative that the Conservancy was selected as the beneficiary of the Festival, and thank Ron Truppa and his team, and everyone in the commu- nity who helped make this event a first-year success;" said Ann Mus- cat, president of the Conservancy. "There's such a long and distin- guished history of Hollywood filmmaking on Catalina. We would love to see this event happen again next year and grow and become a much anticipated and valued tradi- tion on the Island." AVALON GONE GREEN: PEDICAB CATALINA Joe Sampson has started Pedi- cab Catalina to create a new, eco- friendly, open air tour business for Avalon. For those who are not familiar with the Pedicab, it is a three-wheeled, half mountain bike, and half rickshaw. Samp- son says the Pedicab business is a growing industry that meets the needs of people who want a more ecologically friendly approach to transportation. The ph.ysical limits are defi- nitely put to the test as each driver must pull as much as 1,000 pounds per tour. However, the pay-off is that each passenger/gets a more personal and charming introduc- tion to Avalon and Catalina Island. These tours act as a moving infor- mation center, providing the guests with cultural history, facts, stories, songs, opinions or just silence if that is what is desired. This human powered transpor- tation company provides not only tours, but also services such as wedding shuttles, personal guide services, and professional chauf- feur and concierge attendants. Pedicab Catalina, along with many other new and improved businesses in Avalon, will soon change the face of our community by creating a more friendly an6 family oriented destination. The goal of Sampson is to have a more satisfied customer base, which he believes will equate to increased tourism revenue forAvalon. Word of mouth is a powerful thing, and Sampson strives to create good va- cation memories for visitors. Currently, Pedicab Catalina is offering 30-minute tours for $20. Gift certificates are also avail- able. To contact Pedicab Catalina visit or call (310)740-6280. Mystery From page 1 accommodate up to 6,000 hunters annually. "One male and two female Blackbuck antelope were intro- duced to Catalina in 1972," said de la Rosa, adding that the population never really grew like that of the mule deer. "There are very, very few left," he said. "It's an anomaly. They never really became established permanently." Blackbuck antelope are indig- enous to the Indian subcontinent, particularly to the province of Kannada, India, where they are known as Krishna Mriga. They are among the fastest ani- mals on earth, reaching speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, meaning &BLAIR that--stamina and terrain notwith- They even play a role in the standing--one could theoretically Hindu religion. Known as Krish- race from Two Harbors to Avalon in about 12 minutes. The evolution of this kind of speed is under- standable considering their most-common pred- ator was the now-extinct Indian cheetah. One of the species' more unusual traits, at least for antelope, is that the males and females have distinctly different colors, making the job of biolo- gists much easie{to do from afar. Jim Watson Columnist na Jinka in some parts of India, the Blackbuck is thought to be the vehicle for the moon goddess Chan- drama. According to the Garuda Purana, the Blackbuck bestows prosperity wherever it roams. And what will be the fate of these antelope that roam on Catalina where the deer and the buffalo play (or something like that)? "They will disappear on their own," said de la Rosa,."in a few decades." "When you only have a couple females and maybe one male they become inbred and that weakens the animals and they will not be successful," he said. "That is ob- viously not a population that can sustain itself." Because the animal is not native to the Island, there is no intention of introducing additional individu- als to supplement the herd. So for the timebeing, our little "ghost herd" of a handful of fe- males and one lucky male will be free to live out their days, content- edly grazing in their outdoor re- tirement home on the California Riviera. Free from the predators that lurk behind the shrubbery of their ancestral homeland, they will nev- ertheless fade away one day into becoming yet another Catalina legend. Got a weird story about Catalina? -Send it to us at dan@cinews, us or mail it to Mysterious Island, c/o Catalina Islander, PO Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704. 310,510.0250 310.510.8957fx Island Medic-al Center Catalina Island Medical Center's state-of-the-art Siemens CT Scanner can. provide the diagnostic images needed for nearly all medical conditions. Simply let your physician know you would prefer to have your diagnostic imaging completed on the island. Familiar places and familiar faces * No appointment needed Scans available immediately on CD Images sent electronically to your physician Please call for more information. Monte Mellon, MD- Tracey Norton, DO Laura Ulibarri, MD Diane Charnberlin, NP (31o) 51o-o7oo 1OO Falls Canyon Road PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, May 13, 2011  9