Aquarium to host Boston premiere of documentary film Inundation District

Waitlist available for sold-out, in-person screening and panel discussion

a foot of flooding along Boston's harbor
Flooding along Boston's harbor Photo: Courtesy of David Abel

WHAT: Join the New England Aquarium for the Boston premiere of journalist and filmmaker David Abel’s Inundation District. The feature-length film examines the development of Boston’s Seaport District and the risks posed to this commercial and residential neighborhood by rising sea levels and climate change. A moderated panel discussion will follow the screening to discuss what Boston and our coastal communities can do to help build resiliency and become climate-prepared for the future. Panelists include:

  • David Abel, Filmmaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
  • Katherine Antos, Massachusetts Undersecretary of Decarbonization and Resilience, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Rebecca Herst, Associate Director for Resilience, Boston Green Ribbon Commission
  • Moderated by Oliver Sellers-Garcia, Green New Deal Director and cabinet-level Senior Advisor to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu

This screening is presented in partnership with the New England Aquarium, the Lowell Institute, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, and The Boston Globe.

WHEN: The free in-person screening is Tuesday, January 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: The New England Aquarium’s Simons Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. While this event is currently sold out, those interested in being added to the waitlist can do so here. For media interested in attending the screening and discussion, please email Pam Bechtold Snyder at


David Abel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who covers climate change for The Boston Globe. He is also a professor of the practice at Boston University. Abel’s work has won an Edward R. Murrow Award, the Ernie Pyle Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Feature Reporting. His most recent film, Entangled, which was broadcast by PBS’s World Channel, was nominated for a 2022 Emmy, won a Jackson Wild award, known as the Oscars of nature films, and Best Feature Film at the International Wildlife Film Festival, among other awards. Abel previously co-directed and produced Sacred Cod, which was broadcast by the Discovery Channel. He also directed and produced two films about the Boston Marathon bombings, which were broadcast on BBC World News and Discovery Life. His other films include Lobster War, which won Best New England Film at the Mystic Film Festival, and Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys, which won the Miami Film Festival’s Knight Made in Miami Award. Abel, who began learning to make films as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University, is Inundation District’s producer, director, writer, and cinematographer.

MEDIA CONTACT: Pam Bechtold Snyder,; 617-686-5068