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People and the Sea presented by Greenroom Hawaii

A diverse compilation of short films highlighting the relationship humans have with the ocean around the world.


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.


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.


Directed by Erick Higuera. 2013. Mexico. 6 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.


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!


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. 


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.


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.