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Film Festival: Beneath the Waves

Friday, June 27, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us at the Living Coast Discovery Center for a unique evening
filled with insightful ocean themed films and engaging conversation
about our world beneath the waves.

Beneath the Waves Film Festivals: We feel like there is truly no experience like bringing people together, dimming the lights, and presenting the issues and stories first-hand. After the films, we engage the audience with local scientists, to allow them to learn about the important work that is being done right in their own community. 

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 Film Descriptions

The Art of Saving Sharks (6:23)
PangeaSeed teams up with our sponsor The Arbor Collective to produce this short documentary – The Art of Saving Sharks.  For three months on the road, 8 major cities, over 100 artists and 25 film makers, PangeaSeed team members hosted “The Great West Coast Migration” – a touring art show and film festival to benefit sharks and oceans.

This pioneering effort is a testament to the power of art and how it can be crafted to transcend cultural borders and boundaries to unite individuals for a common cause.  At PangeaSeed we believe art and activism can spark positive change within individuals and their communities. No matter how large or small the effort, we are all morally responsible to take action and make better decisions for future generations and the natural world.

 How do you MPA? (1:17)
“How do you MPA?” is a short video produced by Ocean Conservancy to promote the recreational opportunities found in California’s 124 marine protected areas (MPAs). California boasts the nation’s first statewide network of marine protected areas, which provide safe havens for thousands of birds, mammals and fish to rebound. Science shows that these protected areas improve biodiversity, boost fisheries and support overall ocean health. In addition to the environmental benefits, MPAs provide prime recreation destinations for people who love the coast. Activities are endless including diving, surfing, paddleboarding, exploring tide pools and bird-watching. By showing these activities in action amid the beautiful landscapes of the MPAs throughout the state, Ocean Conservancy aimed to inspire people to visit and “play” in the MPAs. It is the organization’s hope that as more people experience the ocean, the more invested they will become in protecting it for future generations.

 Blue Journey-American Samoa: Stronger Together (10:42)
The cultural Samoans’ historical connection to the ocean was the platform upon which the Blue Journey-American Samoa project sought to support the safety and health of these communities and their ocean.The immediate goal of the project was to teach and inspire the local schools, businesses and communities to take a more active role in protecting their own health and safety as well as the health and safety of the aquatic environment around them. The ultimate goal of this project was to highlight on an international level the success already being realized in American Samoa with the ocean based Toa o le TaiÔ Youth Program and Ocean Swimming-Ocean Science high school class creating new opportunities for the region’s youth while also creating a new level of engagement and stewardship towards the oceans we all share.  The film focuses on Bruckner Chase, an open water swimmer and ocean advocate, and his impassioned work with the American Samoan community to advance the health of the ocean and ocean goers, set against the backdrop of American Samoa’s 3,000-year connection to ocean and place. The film follows Bruckner as he leads hands-on, intense swim clinics and brings us all with him on his epic ultra-distance swims full of adventure, while drawing our attention to the healthy ocean message. The film utilizes the Cinémavérité documentary style putting the viewer close to the action and often feeling like a participant. Special attention to swimming sequences shot both above and below the surface create an extreme perspective, heightening this effect.

Shadow Reef (4:56)
“Shadow Reef ” is a film about the importance of ocean and coral reef conservation, from a child’s  perspective. The future of our oceans is in serious trouble, NOW is the time to take action, to create  awareness, to teach our children that worldwide protection is needed for marine ecosystems to survive  and restore, and having this story told by a child adds another level of urgency. I’m hoping Shadow Reef  to be the first of a series of ocean awareness short films, narrated by Bryce.

Plate Techtonics (7:56)
The video “Plate Tectonics” explores the fundamental concepts behind plate tectonics. Using primarily paper-cut stop motion animation, the video starts with a brief history of the theory itself. It then segues into the actual physical processes, focusing on the tectonic motion that occurs at plate boundaries. This film was made by DorotaSzuta and Christine Mann for the graduate class MS 141: Geological Oceanography at Moss Landing Marine Labs in Fall 2012.

Sea Harmony (2:00)
Pun on e-harmony for all those single crustacea out there.

The Immigrant (3:00)
What’s a polar bear doing in an industrial port city?  A candid look at the challenges of migrating and adapting to an unfamiliar place.  Weaving together themes of marginalization, climate change, and corporate banality, we follow a polar bear who just can’t catch a break in a sterile, uncaring world.

Eating the Enemy: Death to the Lionfish (4:03)
Eating’the’Enemy’is a short educational cooking video starring Head Chef Emery Long. He highlights  the negative ecosystem effects of the invasive lionfish and demonstrates how to capture and  prepare this delicious fish on the island of Eleuthera, The Bahamas. There, research has shown that  the best way to defeat this environmental problem is by eating the enemy.

Time Will Tell (13:00)
Documentary-like film explaining the future for sharks if harvest continues as it has.

A Tale of Two Urchins (2:47)
“A Tale of Two Urchins” is a short animation made for Creaturecast, about sea urchins in the Galapagos Islands. The green urchin and the pencil urchin may seem comparable at first glance, but the Witman Lab has found that differences between the two could have a big impact on the ecosystem around them…

The video was featured in the Science section of The New York Times.

Gloop (3:00)
Short animated film on the creation and detriment of plastics to our world’s ecosystems.

SAIL (4:00)
Music Video exploring what it’s like to be a Marine Scientist.