OFFICIAL SELECTION WORLD OCEANS DAY HAWAI‘I FILM FESTIVAL 2014

 

Ain't No Fish

Directed by Miki Cash & Tom Gasek. 2013. United Kingdom. 4 mins.

‘Ain’t No Fish’ is a short stop motion animated film featuring a bunch of hungry Arctic seals singing along to the music and lyrics of Sigman and Russell as performed by Hoagy Carmichael. 


Baja

Directed by Erick Higuera. 2012. Mexico. 5 mins.

After a year of hard work and dedication, the "Baja" project was completed to show and share with you the amazing and beautiful creatures that inhabit its waters. - These beauties are still there, but most are threatened.


Coastguards

Directed by Austin Gallagher. 2012. United States. 4 mins.

This short illustrates humanity’s obsession and mixture of fear and fascination for sharks, while bringing their ecological importance – and plight – into the spot light.


Darwin's Dream

Directed by Dustin Adamson. 2014. United States. 5 mins.

This short film takes a look at the underwater life and beauty in the Galapagos Islands. Charles Darwin changed the way we view the world. Imagine if he could have seen what lay beneath the sea.


Duct Tape Surfing

Directed by Mark Tipple. 2013. Australia. 5 mins.

18 years ago, a slight lapse in concentration crushed Pascale's dreams of surfing. With the help of a family friend and a roll of duct tape, she can now call herself a surfer.


Extinction Soup

Directed by Phil Waller. 2013. United States. 60 mins.

EXTINCTION SOUP follows documentary filmmaker Philip Waller on his quest for adventure as he sets out to tell the story of his larger-than-life friend and extreme sports legend, Jimmy Hall. The film quickly takes a surprise turn when Waller finds himself consumed with exposing to the world an environmental catastrophe in the making - the extinction of the oceans' shark population through the mass slaughter of these magnificent animals for their fins. 


Gloop

Directed by Gaby Bastyra. 2011. United Kingdom. 4 mins.

“Gloop” is a dark fairytale that follows the meteoric rise of plastic from its inception in Leo’s gloomy laboratory 100 years ago. Told like a Brother’s Grimm fable, “Gloop” offers a poignant and lasting message about the price we pay for the convenience of plastic.


Haenyeo: Women of the Sea

Directed by Kevin Sawicki & Alex Igidbashian. 2013. United States. 11 mins.

Haenyeo refers to the women free-divers of Jeju Island, South Korea who for centuries have collected sea food without the use of scuba equipment. This short documentary provides a portrait of Chuwar Park, a still active and unbelievably vibrant 82-year-old diver. Examining her daily routine as well as her past, Park sheds light on this unique matriarchal culture that has changed little since the 19th century. 


In Harmony with Whales

Directed by Erick Higuera. 2013. Mexico. 6 mins.

The privilege of having the opportunity to interact with giants exists in very few places on our Blue Planet, the privilege to create harmony with giants exists in the peninsula of Baja California and Revillagigedo Archipelago. Their seas are a perfect place to feel awe, respect and admiration. But that can be finished if we don't have proper care and respect. Let's care for our seas with intelligence and education.


Mālama Maunalua

Directed by Ryan Miyamoto & Jesse Yonover. 2013. United States. 5 mins.

This is the story of Mālama Maunalua, a non-profit organization formed in 2006 to unite the community together with the common goal of restoring and protecting Maunalua Bay. While our mission is to heal the bay, we hope to set the model for other communities to learn from and encourage anyone and everyone, regardless of your ethnicity, economic background, or where you call home to get involved, learn more, and strive to help not only our bay but our oceans and our earth.


Mantas Last Dance

Directed by Shawn Heinrichs. 2013. United States. 4 mins.

The time of the manta rays is over, lost to greed and exploitation by humans. Hannah is a wanderer, a sea gypsy, a manta ray reincarnate as person, lost to the world. Alone and searching for a time long past, she gives herself up to the sea, slowly walking into the waves and drifting into the dark abyss. A dance begins with Hannah and the mantas emulating each others movements, a dance they have done a thousand times before. We must act now to protect manta rays or they will be lost forever!


Miracles on Mon Repos

Directed by Matt Raimondo. 2014. Australia. 3 mins.

In Bundaberg, at the entrance to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, a miracle takes place nightly on the shores of Mon Repos beach. This is the place where more than half of the entire concentration of nesting loggerhead turtles in the Southern Hemisphere come to lay their eggs. These big mamma turtles were born on this very beach, some as long as 80 years ago. 


Mole At Sea

Directed by Anna Kadykova. 2014. Russia. 5 mins.

The human impact on a pristine beach is mourned by a lone mole.


Narcosis

Directed by Julie Gautier. 2013. France. 14 mins.

Deep water freediving exposes its practitioners to a form of narcosis, which induces several symptoms, among which a feeling of euphoria and levity that earned this phenomenon its nickname of “raptures of the deep”. The short film relates the interior journey of Guillaume Néry, the apnea world champion, during one of his deep water dives. It draws its inspiration from his physical experience and the narrative of his hallucinations.


O LE TAEAO FOU

Directed by Lauren Wetzell. 2013. United States. 15 mins.

American Samoa, like many tropical islands, is resource limited due to its size, population, and isolation. The land, people, and marine environment are impacted by the effects of the rubbish and a solution to the problem is overdue. Although efforts to combat litter and conservation issues have been conducted by various governmental and nongovernmental agencies, little insight has been gained in understanding why the litter remains a major problem.


People of the Coral Triangle

Directed by James Morgan. 2010. United Kingdom. 12 mins.

A multi award winning multimedia piece looking at the Bajau sea nomads, with a particular emphasis on their role in destructive fishing practices and the trade in live reef fish.


Plastic Paradise

Directed by Angela Sun. 2013. United States. 57 mins.

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon.


REVOLUTION

Directed by Rob Stewart. 2013. Canada. 85 mins.

Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed Sharkwater documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger – it's humanity itself.


Sandguy

Directed by Pärtel Tall. 2013. Estonia. 15 mins.

Sand on the beach is as natural as air, sun, life, love. The trails draw on the sand their endless stories asking, can we value these things before they are gone forever? When the sand and Sandguy have left and the Stoneguy opens his eyes, does he stay or leave too?


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Shadow Reef

Directed by Elke Specker. 2014. United States. 5 mins.

“Shadow Reef” is a documentary short film about the beauty of our oceans and marine ecosystems in peril, narrated by a 13-year old boy, who CARES about our oceans and wildlife. The future of our oceans is in OUR hands, our responsibility to conserve and restore for our CHILDREN, before it's too late. We need to defend our oceans because without them, life on Earth cannot exist. NOW is the time for action, to create awareness, to show our children that worldwide protection is needed for our coral reefs to survive. "The ocean matters to me, and it should matter to you TOO" –Bryce


Shark And The Can

Directed by Yoram Benz. 2012. United States. 4 mins.

A lonely shark finds a can of shark fin soup and an unconventional use for it.


Slow Life

Directed by Daniel Stoupin. 2014. Australia. 4 mins.

"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification filmed with extended depth of field time lapse techniques. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.


Stronger Together: The Waterman's Way

Directed by Paul Chetirkin & Travis Schlafmann . 2013. United States. 11 mins.

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 Sunnydale Kids

Directed by Adam Warmington | Micro Documentaries. 2013. United States. 4 mins.

One day earlier this year, Ian Glover, owner of Big Dog Surf Camp was chatting with Tim Gras of Gras Surfboards. Tim works as a community organizer down in the largest housing project in San Francisco. A simple idea was hatched. Ian has the resources and man power to take kids out surfing in Marin... Tim has access to kids who could use a fun day at the beach, some of whom may have never seen the ocean despite living a couple of miles from it.


Sushi: The Global Catch

Directed by Mark Hall. 2012. United States. 75 mins.

In this meticulously researched documentary, filmmaker Mark Hall traces the origins of sushi in Japan to its status today as a cuisine that has spawned a lucrative worldwide industry. This explosion in demand for sushi over the past 30 years has brought with it problems of its own, as fish stocks have steadily depleted, threatening the balance of the ocean’s ecosystems.


Sustainable by Design: Volcom Pipe Pro 2013

Directed by Nathan Peracciny. 2013. United States. 24 mins.

The Volcom Pipe Pro offers more than great surfing...have a look behind the scenes as filmmaker Nathan Peracciny explores the workings underneath the building of a more sustainable surf event and meet the players that made the Volcom Pipe Pro, the second ever Deep Blue Surfing Event™.


Sustainable by Design: Volcom Pipe Pro 2014

Directed by Nathan Peracciny. 2014. United States. 24 mins.

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The Story of Sushi

Directed by Vincent Peone. 2012. United States. 4 mins.

The Story Of Sushi explores critical issues of sustainability and overfishing associated with the global sushi industry. The entire short film was produced with amazing hand-crafted miniatures.


The Trip

Directed by Daniele Iop. 2013. Italy. 15 mins.

The trip is a ride along the world's seas, touching, during a 500 years time frame, the more interesting sea locations on our planet. The trip is condensed in a 15 minutes film. On a side it is a tribute to the water of our world, on the other side it underlines the connections among the oceans and the consequences, on a global scale, of every local actions. The protagonist and thread in the story, inspired by the theory of the conveyor belt, unfolds itself only at the end.


Toy Boats

Directed by Nathan Kaso. 2012. Australia. 4 mins.

A day in the life of the city of Sydney with one small twist.


Twenty-Eight Feet: Life on A Small Boat

Directed by Kevin A Fraser. 2013. Canada. 9 mins.

Twenty Eight Feet is a short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap.


Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe À La Hache

Directed by Nailah Jefferson. 2014. United States. 80 mins.

VANISHING PEARLS is the story of paradise lost – an ongoing, environmental David and Goliath struggle between multinational oil and gas company BP plc (Beyond Petroleum) and a 300 person, Louisiana Gulf community dependant on oyster fishing. The battlefield is the Gulf coast of Louisiana, and the opening salvo was the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


Whale Story

Directed by Tess Martin. 2012. United States. 4 mins.

A fisherman experiences a moment of connection with a female humpback whale in the waters off of San Francisco. Is this an example of inter-species communication or a mysterious fluke? This true story is retold in paint on a 16 foot high wall with the help of the passing public in Seattle's Cal Anderson Park.