OFFICIAL SELECTION WORLD OCEANS DAY HAWAI‘I 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

RACING EXTINCTION

Directed by Louie Psihoyos. 2015. USA. 90 mins. 

 Oscar® -winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE ) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, RACING EXTINCTION  reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.

Showtimes:
Only opening night
Saturday Jun 06, 07:30 PM
Following opening reception, 6-7:30 PM

See the trailer.
Learn more at www.racingextinction.com

 


SPEECHLESS: THE POLAR REALM

Directed by Richard Sidey. 2014. New Zealand. 44 mins.

Beautifully filmed by New Zealand nature photographer Richard Sidey over the past decade, Speechless: The Polar Realm is a non-verbal visual meditation of light, life, loss and wonder at the ends of the globe. This is a singular viewing experience of powerful imagery of the natural world accompanied by a poignant, original score from composer and sound artist Miriama Young, performed by Mirabai Peart and Ryan Francesconi.

Showtimes:
Sunday Jun 07 01:00 PM 
Wednesday Jun 10 01:00 PM 
Thursday Jun 11 07:30 PM

See the trailer.
Learn more about the film.

Screens With:

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.

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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.


MÉXICO PELÁGICO

Directed by Jeronimo Prieto. Mexico. 2014. 70 mins. Spanish and English with English subtitles

Pelagic Life is a Mexican nonprofit environmental and tour organization. While chasing the elusive sardine baitball in the open ocean near Baja California, the Pelagic Life team stumbled upon a crude shark-fishing operation that sparks a seismic shift in the group’s thinking. Departing from their original concept of documenting awesome sealife phenomenon, they shift their mission to creating awareness of Mexico’s sealife while creating sustainable livelihoods for shark fishermen to preserve a delicate, critical ecosystem. México Pelágico is the story of an unlikely pairing of interests. It is clear that once you swim alongside sharks, sailfish, dolphins, turtles, and even crocodiles, your perspective will never be the same. México Pelágico invites the audience to engage with Mexico’s rich, majestic oceanic treasures, to be inspired and awed to take up the mantle of respect and conservation through ecotourism.

Showtimes:
Sunday Jun 07 04:00 PM 
Tuesday Jun 09 07:30 PM 
Thursday Jun 11 01:00 PM 

See the trailer.
Learn more about México Pelágico. 

SCREENS WiTH:

SHARK GIRL

Directed by Gisela Kaufmann. 2014. USA. 58 mins.

For 20-year-old Madison Stewart, nothing feels safer or more natural than diving into shark-infested waters. Since childhood, growing up by the Great Barrier Reef, she's treated these predators as family. But they're vanishing, and few people seem to care. Follow Madison on her mission to protect our sharks, a battle that began when she put her studies on hold, grabbed a camera, and set out to save these incredible, misunderstood creatures.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.

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INTO THE GYRE

Directed by Scott Elliott. USA, Bermuda. 2012. 44 mins.

You’ve heard of the dreaded Pacific Gyre—but did you know there are four other giant gyres in other bodies of water? In 2010, 34 volunteer researchers, scientists and sailors participated in a five-week adventure to the remote Sargasso Sea, east of Bermuda, to study the location, extent and effect of plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Ocean. Into the Gyre closely follows four of the scientists as they collect, count, and archive the plastic they encounter, as they sail on a 135-foot-tall ship, the SSV Corwith Cramer, operated by the Sea Education Association. Along the way, the film examines the history of plastics, plastics’ adverse effects on the ocean, and possible solutions to this pressing problem. 

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Showtimes:
Sunday Jun 07 07:30 PM 
Tuesday Jun 09 01:00 PM 
Wednesday Jun 10 07:30 PM 
Friday Jun 12 01:00 PM 

SCREENS WITH:

The Plastic Age

Directed by Jake Sumner. USA. 2014. 18 mins.

We all talk about the Stone Age, the Iron Age and the Bronze Age, but what era are we living in right now? People are starting to refer to us as the (far less romantic) Plastic Age. We make 288 million tons of plastic a year, and unlike paper, metal, glass or wood, it does not oxidize or biodegrade. Instead, plastic ends up in our oceans, making the ratio of plastic to plankton 100:1. How can we make use of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Bionic yarn. Co-designed by Pharrell, G-Star’s RAW for the Oceans collection is the world’s first denim line created from plastic that has been fished out of the big blue and recycled.

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Sustainable by Design presents Sustainable Coastlines

Directed by Nathan Peracciny. USA. 2015. 3 mins.

Sustainable by Design presents Sustainable Surf

Directed by Nathan Peracciny. USA. 2015. 3 mins.


Photo by James Watt

Photo by James Watt

OUR DEEPEST WATERS: EXPLORING MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENTS IN THE REMOTE REACHES OF THE PACIFIC

Directed by Stephani Gordon. USA. 2014. 24 mins.

Travel across the wide reaches of the Pacific and experience the visual feast and scientific insights of remote marine national monuments—incredible ecosystems where the skies are full of sea birds, turtles nest on deserted beaches, and the waters are rife with sharks and active volcanoes. Our Deepest Waters goes from the world's smallest atoll to the deepest trench on Earth and includes Hawai‘i’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

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Showtimes:
riday Jun 12 07:30 PM
Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with 

  • Heidi Hirsh, Natural Resources Management Specialist, NOAA Fisheries Service
  • Steve Kolinski, Fishery Biologist, NOAA Fisheries Service
  • Molly Timmers, Marine Ecosystems Research Project Manager, NOAA Fisheries Service
  • Beth Flint, Wildlife Biologist, Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office, US Fish & Wildlife Service

SCREENS WITH:

MY SALTWATER SANCTUARY

Directed by James Sherwood and Danielle Ryan. Australia. 2014. 19 mins

Australia’s east coast, from Byron Bay to Bateman's Bay, is home to a vibrant ocean and beach culture. The locals’ joy, livelihoods, and identity are intertwined with the ocean and ultimately with the future conservation of marine parks and sanctuaries, giving iconic species like the friendly blue groper a chance to replenish. This short documentary feature is a follow-up to My Saltwater Sanctuary: The Prologue. Produced and directed by James Sherwood and Danielle Ryan, Bluebottle Films for The Wilderness Society, The Nature Conservation Council and the Save Our Marine Life Alliance.

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THE EMPTY AQUARIUM

Directed by Fusion. USA. 2014. 6 mins

The Sea of Cortez is one of the most lush, biodiverse seas on the planet. Or at least it should be. Located between mainland Mexico and the Baja California Peninsula, the Sea of Cortez has been called the “Aquarium of the World.” It’s home to more than 950 varieties of fish and 30 species of marine mammals. But this maritime treasure and the creatures that call it home are in danger.