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14th Annual International Ocean Film Festival

International Ocean Film Festival

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM (PST)

14th Annual International Ocean Film Festival

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
All Access Festival Pass - Includes Off the Reef Gala
Includes access to view all film programs presented at the festival and entrance into the Off the Reef Gala being held at the Golden Gate Club March 2,2017. Further notifications will be sent by email regarding the details of the gala.
Mar 12, 2017 $295.00 $17.22
Film Pass - 12 Programs
Includes access to view all the film programs and access to all the panels being presented at the film festival.
Mar 12, 2017 $150.00 $9.24
All Day Saturday || ADULTS - Programs 6-9
Includes access to view all the film programs for Saturday, March 11.
Mar 11, 2017 $48.00 $3.63
All Day Saturday || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Programs 6-9
Includes access to view all the film programs for Saturday, March 11.
Mar 11, 2017 $36.00 $2.97
All Day Saturday || CHILDREN - Programs 6-9
Includes access to view all the film programs for Saturday, March 11.
Mar 11, 2017 $24.00 $2.31
All Day Sunday || ADULTS - Student Film Competition and Programs 11-12
Includes access to view all the film programs for Sunday, March 12.
Mar 12, 2017 $24.00 $2.31
All Day Sunday || SENIORS + STUDENTS - Student Film Competition + Programs 11-12
Includes access to view all the film programs for Sunday, March 12.
Mar 12, 2017 $18.00 $1.98
All Day Sunday || CHILDREN - Student Film Competition + Programs 11-12
Includes access to view all the film programs for Sunday, March 12.
Mar 12, 2017 $12.00 $1.65
Program 1 || ADULTS - Thursday, March 9 - 4:00 PM Mar 9, 2017 $16.00 $1.87
Program 1 || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Thursday, March 9 - 4:00 PM Mar 9, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Program 1 || CHILDREN - Thursday, March 9 - 4:00 PM Mar 9, 2017 $8.00 $1.43
Program 2 || ADULTS - Thursday, March 9 - 7:00 PM Mar 9, 2017 $16.00 $1.87
Program 2 || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Thursday, March 9 - 7:00 PM Mar 9, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Program 2 || CHILDREN - Thursday, March 9 - 7:00 PM Mar 9, 2017 $8.00 $1.43
Program 3 || ADULTS - Friday, March 10 - 1:00 PM Mar 10, 2017 $16.00 $1.87
Program 3 || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Friday, March 10 - 1:00 PM Mar 10, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Program 3 || CHILDREN - Friday, March 10 - 1:00 PM Mar 10, 2017 $8.00 $1.43
Program 4 || ADULTS - Friday, March 10 - 4:00 PM Mar 10, 2017 $16.00 $1.87
Program 4 || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Friday, March 10 - 4:00 PM Mar 10, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Program 4 || CHILDREN - Friday, March 10 - 4:00 PM Mar 10, 2017 $8.00 $1.43
Program 5 || ADULTS - Friday, March 10 - 7:00 PM Mar 10, 2017 $16.00 $1.87
Program 5 || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Friday, March 10 - 7:00 PM Mar 10, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Program 5 || CHILDREN - Friday, March 10 - 7:00 PM Mar 10, 2017 $8.00 $1.43
Program 6 || ADULTS - Saturday, March 11 - 10:00 AM Mar 11, 2017 $16.00 $1.87
Program 6 || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Saturday, March 11 - 10:00 AM Mar 11, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Program 6 || CHILDREN - Saturday, March 11 - 10:00 AM Mar 11, 2017 $8.00 $1.43
Program 7 || ADULTS - Saturday, March 11 - 1:00 PM Mar 11, 2017 $16.00 $1.87
Program 7 || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Saturday, March 11 - 1:00 PM Mar 11, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Program 7 || CHILDREN - Saturday, March 11 - 1:00 PM Mar 11, 2017 $8.00 $1.43
Program 8 || ADULTS - Saturday, March 11 - 4:00 PM Mar 11, 2017 $16.00 $1.87
Program 8 || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Saturday, March 11 - 4:00 PM Mar 11, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Program 8 || CHILDREN - Saturday, March 11 - 4:00 PM Mar 11, 2017 $8.00 $1.43
Program 9 || ADULTS - Saturday, March 11 - 7:00 PM Mar 11, 2017 $16.00 $1.87
Program 9 || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Saturday, March 11 - 7:00 PM Mar 11, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Program 9 || CHILDREN - Saturday, March 11 - 7:00 PM Mar 11, 2017 $8.00 $1.43
Program 10 || STUDENT FILM COMPETITION - Sunday, March 12 - 10:00 AM
Free Admission - Please register your name for this program. Film Finalists to be screened at the festival can be found on the Student Film Competition page: http://oceanfilmfest.org/student-film-competition/
Mar 12, 2017 Free $0.00
Program 11 || ADULTS - Sunday, March 12 - 1:00 PM Mar 12, 2017 $16.00 $1.87
Program 11 || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Sunday, March 12 - 1:00 PM Mar 12, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Program 11 || CHILDREN - Sunday, March 12 - 1:00 PM Mar 12, 2017 $8.00 $1.43
Program 12 || ADULTS - Sunday, March 12 - 4:00 PM Mar 12, 2017 $16.00 $1.87
Program 12 || STUDENTS + SENIORS - Sunday, March 12 - 4:00 PM Mar 12, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Program 12 || CHILDREN - Sunday, March 12 - 4:00 PM Mar 12, 2017 $8.00 $1.43
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Event Details

VENUE INFORMATION

Map - Cowell Theater

Location
Cowell Theater is located at the end of Pier 2 in the Fort Mason Center, located on Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street, along the northern waterfront between Aquatic Park and Marina Green. 

Parking
All funds generated from parking revenue are allocated for the preservation and restoration of this National Historic Landmark. The Fort Mason Center parking lot will be available for guests attending the film festival. Vehicles can enter the lot at any time, however overnight parking is not permitted and the parking meters are enforced 24 hours a day.

Parking fees are in effect from 7:00 am to midnight daily. 

Weekday Rates

  • 0-1 hour = $2.00
  • 1-2 hours = $5.00
  • 2-3 hours = $7.00
  • 3-2 hours = $10.00
  • 4+ hours = $12.00

Weekend Rates

  • 0-1 hour = $2.00
  • 1-2 hours = $5.00
  • 2-3 hours = $8.00
  • 3-4 hours = $12.00
  • 4+ hours = $14.00

Public Transportation

Cowell Theater is served by the MUNI bus line 28.

Box Office

  • Tickets will be available at the door, one hour prior to the beginning of each program. 
  • Cash and Credit Card will be accepted as payment for tickets.
  • Cowell Theater will have a concession stand available with water, soft drinks, wine, cookies, and small plates to purchase. Please note, ONLY water may be taken into the theater.

 


 

PANEL DISCUSSIONS  

Panels are free to attend! Please scroll through Program Lineup for more information on each discussion. 

PANEL DISCUSSION 1 || Women in the Ocean
Saturday, March 11 – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Fort Mason Center – The Firehouse

PANEL DISCUSSION 2 || Sharks

Saturday, March 11 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fort Mason Center – The Firehouse

PANEL DISCUSSION 3 || Plastic Pollution Solutions
Sunday, March 12 – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Fort Mason Center – The Firehouse
 
PANEL DISCUSSION 4 || How Technology Will Save the Ocean
Sunday, March 12 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fort Mason Center – The Firehouse

 


 

OFF THE REEF GALA

For tickets and more information for the Off the Reef Gala held at the Golden Gate Club on March 2, 2017, please visit our website: Off the Reef Gala

 


 

PROGRAM LINEUP
*Filmmaker is expected for Q&A
 

PROGRAM 1

Thursday, March 9 - 4:00 pm

Coral in Crisis! (Malaysia), Will Foster-Grundy, 5 min
While corals around the world suffer from warming and high acidity, others have been bleached and blasted into oblivion. In Sabah, Borneo, conservationists have taken whatever materials are at hand to construct artificial reefs on which corals can reestablish themselves. Maybe our guides can find a species of coral unknown to science. Or have fun trying. —JCO 

Vey Nou Lagon (USA), Vanina Harel, 22 min
When Georgie was a boy on the island of Mauritius fishing with his father, fish and octopus were abundant. Now that living off the ocean is no longer sustainable, he has become an advocate for conservation urging fellow fishermen to work with policy-makers to protect marine resources. Fishers from around the island and from the neighboring island of Rodrigues provide solutions, inspiring others to take simple actions at the individual level that make a difference. —KH 

Sylvia Earle Visits the Gulf of California Hope Spot (USA), Kip Evans, 7 min
This renowned oceanographer considers the best place to dive, “Almost anywhere – 50 years ago.”  The legendarily rich sea off Baja California, Mexico, has suffered from overfishing and under-protection. But at Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve the community has taken the lead in conservation. Sea life is returning: the reefs are glorious nurseries formyriad fish, and the nets in surrounding areas are filling once again. —MJS

Why Just One? (USA), Michael Colin, 55 min
In the 1980s Costa Rica elected to conserve, rather than consume, its natural resources. Now its reputation as a model for enlightened policy is compromised by a legal loophole that shields black market poachers who decimate endangered sea turtle eggs.  A young conservationist's murder spurs Sea Shepherd to take on the racketeers. Human and turtles' lives hang in the balance. —MJS
 
PROGRAM 2
Thursday, March 9 - 7:00 pm

Oceanic Connection (USA), Haydn Fischer, 4 min
Sometimes just getting wet and salty is enough to show your love for the ocean. Combining that passion with a flair for being airborne, a young kiteboarder who disdains using straps takes his love to new heights. —DM

Chapter One (Netherlands), Bob van de Gronde, 84 min
Chapter One tells six different stories of the dangerous sport of kiteboarding, the latest evolution of the sport of windsurfing, which can be seen often from the shores of Crissy Field. Instead of a fixed, mounted sail, it uses a flexible kite, cables, a harness, a foil, and a small board to skim above the water’s surface with dynamic, high-flying speed. As we see in the world competition at the film’s end, this new kind of surfing combines big air and big waves—and big falls. —JCO
 
PROGRAM 3
Friday, March 10 - 1:00 pm

Facing the Surge (USA), Diogo Castro Freire, 25 min
Leadership emerges in times of crisis at many levels. The people of Norfolk, VA now find their homes, their livelihoods and their very lives on the line as the relentless sea encroaches. Facing the Surge reveals how they discover strength, hope and solutions amid sodden ruins, and push their leaders to address the larger scale impacts of sea level rise. —MJS

Appetite for Invasives (USA), Emily Driscoll, 6 min
You’ll need an adventurous spirit to dine here and an appetite for the unusual. Follow exotic food chef, Gene Ruurka, as he transforms invasive species like the venomous Lionfish and Asian Carp, into recipes served at the Explorers Club 112th Annual Dinner. —RR

Last Fisherman (UK) James Stier, 76 min 2017 COASTAL CULTURE AWARD
The Rame Peninsula is the forgotten corner of Cornwall, England. Here, Malcolm Baker, 70+ years of age, fishes using traditional methods. He makes his own fishing pots and wooden boats, and mends his nets. Comments by Malcolm’s fellow townsfolk celebrate his individual strength and passion as we learn about the conflicts and changes he faces. An unlikely friendship forms with an Austrian youth worker (and filmmaker), drawn to a simpler way of life and the preservation of traditional skills. —ST
 
PROGRAM 4 - Presented by the Port of San Francisco
Friday, March 10 - 4:00 pm

The Hama Hama Way (USA), Treva Wurmfeld, 12 min
Along the mudflats of the Hama Hama River on the Olympic Peninsula, Adam and Lissa James are among the new generation of oyster farmers that are taking a different approach to raising the prize crustacean. —RR 

The Snail-Smashing, Fish-Spearing, Eye-Popping Mantis Shrimp (USA), Elliott Kennerson & Joshua Cassidy, 4 min
With extraordinary eyesight and the fastest strike in the animal kingdom, the mantis shrimp is one heavy hitter. It is not just their killer punch that is impressive, Mantis shrimp have an elaborate visual system that allows them to use a “secret code” of polarized light. —RR

Galloping Extinction: The Last Stand of the Seahorse (Malaysia), Will Foster-Grundy, 14 min
What do you get if you cross the head of a horse, with the snout of an aardvark, eyes of a chameleon, pouch of a kangaroo, and tail of a monkey? The intriguing and charismatic seahorse – the only species in which the male gives birth! Learn about this magical, mystical animal and its plight. Divers love to spot these magnificent creatures, but too often they are the target of the traditional Chinese medicine trade. —GC

High Hopes: The Future of Dungeness Crab (USA), Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele, 6 min
West Coast fisheries rely heavily on Dungeness crab. As ocean acidification advances, scientists are becoming more concerned with potential impacts to this species. This could threaten not only fishermen’s livelihood but also the whole ecosystem. —YI

Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping (Spain), Denis Delestrac, 52 min
Out of sight, out of mind. The inconspicuous but enormous environmental cost of ocean freighters is carefully examined in this powerful, eye opening film. It looks at the price we all pay for ocean trade, showing us the stark similarity of being "frightened" (long i) and "Freightened" (long a). Both will leave you a bit apprehensive. —JCO
 
PROGRAM 5 || SURFING PROGRAM
Friday, March 10 - 7:00 pm

The Man & the Sea (Australia), Andrew Kaineder, 3 min
Australian surfer, Derek Hynd celebrates his communion with nature through surfing on boards without fins. For Hynd, finless surfing is not just a subculture of surfing but goes deeper into a philosophy of life and one’s relative position in the universe. The ocean is the ultimate teacher. —YI

The Accord (USA), RC Cone, 19 min 2017 ADVENTURE AWARD
In Iceland, where surf culture is minimal, surf shops are sparse, and there are miles of coastline with endless possibilities, surfing can be a never ending search for the conditions when swells and wind align. Follow these Icelandic surfers and their tumultuous relationship with the fickle North Atlantic Wind. —RR

Bezerke (Australia), Andrew Kaineder, 15 min
Hard to believe Russell Bierke is only 18. This Aussie phenom is fearless. The film traces his days of surfing back to his childhood, where he got his start at becoming one of the next generation’s big wave surfer. With insights from 11-time world champion, Kelly Slater, the film highlights Russell’s amazing win at Cape Fear. —AB

Way East (Austria), Aline Bock, 21 min
Shrouded by the recent Fukushima nuclear spillage, two Austrian filmmakers visit Japan to make one film and instead discover another.  The two adventurists ski and surf across the country, discovering alternate lifestyles, the potential for renewable energy, and a rich culture of hope. —DM

Forbidden Beach (France), Thierry Los*, 7 min
Two far out and colorful Surfin' Robots, travel from beach to beach in their VW van looking for the right wave. But it’s hard to find a beach that isn’t already occupied. Tensions rise and the strict codes of surf culture are explored, but no robots get hurt. —KH

Surfers' Blood (USA), Patrick Trefz, 58 min
Surfers Blood tells the story of true individuals sharing deep bloodlines connected to the sea—from the fishing history of the rugged Basque Coast via oar and surfboard shaper, Patxi Oliden, to the modern eccentric computer surfboard shapes of Apple designer, Thomas Meyerhoffer. San Diego Artist, Richard Kenvin, and the three-time Mavericks winner, Darryl ‘Flea’ Virostko, round out the fascinating cast of this kaleidoscopic film. —IO
 
PROGRAM 6 - Presented by Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Saturday, March 11 - 10:00 am

Three Miles From Safety: The Story of the USS Conestoga (USA), David Ruck*, 19 min
In 1921, the USS Conestoga, a navy tug, set sail from San Francisco for American Samoa via Hawaii with 56 men on board. She was never heard from again. In 2009, a sonar survey of the waters in the Gulf of the Farallones revealed a 170-foot wreck. A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was lowered. Out of the darkness and murk a distinct shape emerged. It seemed very similar to the USS Hercules moored along Hyde Street Pier. —KH

@415Plumber's #OB_Plastic Obsession (USA), Jeff den Broeder* 7 min
Grabbing a few rays at the beach could get you stuck by a used needle, though it rarely leads to a lifelong environmental preoccupation. But that’s what happened to Aaron, a plumber who now spends a couple of hours a day scouring San Francisco’s Ocean Beach for plastic—dolls’ arms, key rings, animals and soldiers. He works alone, enjoying the meditative silence. —SJPH

Plastic is Forever (USA), Dylan D'Haeze, 19 min 2017 ENVIRONMENT AWARD
What happens when you throw plastic trash away? Dylan, a 13-year-old from the San Juan Islands, follows plastic trash to where it ends up, and shows how kids can help make a difference in a world that is increasingly dependent on plastic. —RR 

My Haggen Dream (USA), Robert Sams, 8 min 2017 SHORT AWARD
On the island of Saipan, a young girl's mysterious dream about a haggan, or green sea turtle, leads her to investigate and help protect the sea turtles that live around her home. —IO

From the Golden Gate to the Farallones (USA), Jack Bushell, 37 min
Aussie transplant, Simon Dominguez, attempts the first solo 30-mile swim from San Francisco to the Devils' Teeth: islands of the great white shark.  First-time Bay Area filmmaker, Jack Bushell, unwinds a tale of danger, jellyfish, blood in the water and, along the way, an encounter with "The Landlord." —DM

5 Gyres Arctic Expedition (Italy), Franco Borgogno, 4 min
A citizen science expedition collecting data about micro plastic pollution, throughout the Arctic. Set to an uplifting score, experience the beauty of the ocean and what a collective team of researchers can achieve. —AB

PANEL DISCUSSION 1 || Women in the Ocean
Saturday, March 11 – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Fort Mason Center – The Firehouse

Participants: To be announced.
Moderator: To be announced.

PROGRAM 7 || SHARK PROGRAM
Saturday, March 11 - 1:00 pm

The Edge (USA), Carlos Toro, 5 min
One man's passion for the beauty, power, and ecological importance of the shark takes his photographic art into the night sea, where sharks appear in a dramatically different way. This beautiful film testifies to the critical edge on which the Shark is surviving, in spite of abuse at the hand of Man. —JCO

Beneath the Surface (Canada), Fred Kroetsch, 19 min
Daniel Ernett becomes the first quadruple amputee to be certified in open water scuba diving. But he does not stop there and decides to dive with sharks. Daniel’s positive take on life and his determination to keep pushing his limits inspire the people around him. —YI 

Borneo Shark Special (Malaysia), Will Foster-Grundy, 12 min
Arguably the most iconic animal in our oceans, sharks draw divers to Borneo from all over the world. Though there are still areas with healthy populations on Borneo’s Sipadan Island, sharks worldwide are under threat as a direct result of the shark fin soup industry. Marine conservationist David McGuire of Shark Stewards and his host, Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski, get up close and personal with these majestic animals and take a look at what’s being done to save them. —GC

Finisterra (Mexico), Erick Higuera, 6 min
Breathtaking coastal landscapes of Mexico’s Revillagigedos Islands and in the Sea of Cortez converge with the vast open ocean. Spectacular cinematography combined with dramatic music takes us underwater to explore the diversity, abundance, and interdependency of marine life. A gray whale and her calf, tornados of schooling fish, colossal manta rays, pods of dolphin, and sharks the apex predators of the ocean. Let’s not take this place for granted! —GC

Little Teeth Saving Sharks on Bali (Germany), Henrik Schmitt, 7 min
A surfer on the Indonesian island of Bali is horrified watching sharks being killed for their fins. He sets up floating pens, and convinces local fishermen, who catch juvenile sharks in their nets, to sell them to him while they are still alive. Once the stressed sharks have recovered they are released into a nearby marine park. Tourists can book ecotours, feed the sharks, and even swim with them. —KH

Blue Serengeti (USA), Robert Nixon, 42 min 2017 OCEAN SCIENCE AWARD
Vaster than the Serengeti National Park of Africa, the Pacific Ocean is brimming with its own predators who swim across the ocean to feed on the abundant prey in the waters of the California National Marine Sanctuaries. Renowned Stanford University marine biologist, Dr. Barbara Block, uses cutting edge camera tags to track the movements of marine creatures, giving us a rare, first-hand perspective on the life of a great white shark. —AB

PANEL DISCUSSION 2 || Sharks
Saturday, March 11 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fort Mason Center – The Firehouse

Participants: To be announced.
Moderator: To be announced.


PROGRAM 8
Saturday, March 11 - 4:00 pm

Window on the Undersea World (USA), Jeff Leicher, 5 min
Unplug from your technology and take a relaxing journey along the vibrant, coral rich ocean floors of Bonaire, and Saba, Indonesia. Listen to a hypnotic electronic sound track and lose yourself among the sea turtles, octopi and frog fish—without ever getting wet. —AB 

Faber Navalis (Italy), Maurizio Borriello, 30 min — 2017 MARITIME AWARD
It might seem just a video about the restoration of a wooden ship, but the actual subject of this film is the ecstatic state of mind of the shipwright: an Italian researcher in maritime ethnography who decided to learn traditional boatbuilding. Faber Navalis is a beautifully crafted documentary by this renaissance-like director. —IO 

Blue Ventures (USA), Gabriel Diamond, 6 min
Fisheries conservation and marine protection are a challenge in poor coastal communities; people need to eat and the fish keep getting smaller and fewer.  A new model demonstrates that applying traditional knowledge in Madagascar with seasonal closures and market management benefits the fish and the bottom line. —DM

Hunger at Sea (France), Hal Hampson, 57 min
A gigantic whale travels 100 miles for a single day's four-ton meal. Lanternfish, pursued by resourceful dolphins, await a stunning surprise. Albatross exploit wave-churned seas, while sea lions and sharks buddy-up to corral sardines. Be faster, bigger, more cunning or cryptic: however you achieve it, your hunger must be satisfied. Shadowing biologist John Calambokidis, the filmmakers capture the most staggering blue whale footage imaginable.  —MJS
 
PROGRAM 9 || CANADA PROGRAM - Presented by the Consulate General of Canada of San Francisco and Silicon Valley
Saturday, March 11 - 7:00 pm

Ranger (Canada), Sandra Ignagni, 8 min
For over 30 years the M.V. Northern Ranger—or “Ranger”, as it is affectionately known by locals—has tirelessly navigated the narrow straits and unpredictable weather along the remote Labrador coastline. With no words necessary, this sensory documentary explores “Ranger’s” unique auditory and visual landscapes as passengers and crew are united on their 192-hour journey home. —IO

The End Game (Canada), Duane Sharman, 29 min
Coral reefs are central to the health of the oceans, but ocean warming and acidification threaten the survival of many of them. Dr. Ruth Gates searches for the answer to why some corals survive ocean warming while others do not. The notion of “assisted evolution” may be a solution in what may now be the “The End Game” to saving the oceans’ coral reefs. —ST

Solidarity and the Art of Sustainable Lobster Fishing (Canada), Steve de Neef, 5 min
Local fisherman in the small village of Punta Allen, Mexico, have created a unique sustainable lobster-fishing co-op. The development of special methods and self-regulation ensure they never over-harvest. Such solidarity benefits the community and makes generosity possible when unpredictable fresh-water intrusion affects parts of the fishery. —ST

Bluefin (Canada), John Hopkins, 55 min 2017 WILDLIFE AWARD
Allowed by us to grow to maturity, bluefin tuna can reach the age of 30, weigh two tons, and swim like a torpedo. In a visit to Blue Lake, Prince Edward Island, Canada, we find that trying to protect these magnificent creatures is complex. Because we can’t observe their lives we don’t think of tuna as wild animals, and find it way to easy to kill—and eat—them. —SJPH
 
PROGRAM 10 || STUDENT FILM COMPETITION - Presented by Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Sunday, March 12 - 10:00 am

PANEL DISCUSSION 3 || Plastic Pollution Solutions
Sunday, March 12 – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Fort Mason Center – The Firehouse

Participants: To be announced.
Moderator: To be announced.

PROGRAM 11 || OCEAN SCIENCE PROGRAM - Presented by Schmidt Ocean Institute
Sunday, March 12 - 1:00 pm

Making of Anthropomorcene (USA), Chris Jones, 2 min
We have so influenced the world’s climate and environment—in the process plasticizing the entire biosphere, including our bodies—that it only makes sense to name our geological age after our very own clever selves. Something to be proud of, right? Well, maybe not. —SJPH

Maug's Caldera: A Natural Laboratory (USA), Alexa Elliott, 30 min
Maug is a partially submerged volcanic crater in the tropical Pacific. It is a natural laboratory: shallow enough for diving, shielded from the open ocean for stable waters, and with distinct temperature and acidification gradients—ideal for measuring their variable effects on the growth of coral and algae. Scientists have a field day on this voyage to an unknown isle. —JCO

Imperative Shift: Fukushima, Tip of the Iceberg (USA), Yoko Kubota*, 14 min
The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident occurred on March 11, 2011. Exactly six years later, IOFF screens this film about the effects and consequences of the accident and the continued use of nuclear energy. Fukushima residents and research scientists present their views of the impacts of the accident and caution us about the consequences of nuclear energy. —ST

Sea Urchins Pull Themselves Inside Out to Be Reborn (USA), Joshua Cassidy, 3 min
Conceived in the open ocean, tiny spaceship-shaped sea urchin larvae search the vast ocean to find the perfect habitat to land. After this incredible odyssey as a small planktonic ball, they undergo one of the most remarkable transformations in nature. The embrio pulls itself inside out and little tube feet emerge that help them move around and eat kelp. Eventually, they become a rugged sphere of spines that can withstand the harshest marine conditions and live for centuries. —GC

An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch (USA), Alison Barrat, 46 min
If Newfoundland officials had listened to local near-shore fisherman on the dwindling size of their catches, that data might have helped avert the catastrophic 1992 closing of the cod fishery. Incomplete data—from Newfoundland to the Bahamas to Senegal—is leading to a frightening underestimation of the world fish catch. To make that catch sustainable, this film argues, governments, scientists and fisherman urgently need to work together. —SJPH

PANEL DISCUSSION 4 || How Technology Will Save the Ocean
Sunday, March 12 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fort Mason Center – The Firehouse 

Participants: To be announced.
Moderator: To be announced.

PROGRAM 12
Sunday, March 12 - 4:00 pm

Resurface (USA), Josh Izenberg & Wynn Padula, 22 min 2017 GOLDEN GATE AWARD
When handfuls of pills don’t relieve veterans’ traumatic memories, where can they turn for help? One place is Van Curaza’s Operation Surf. The concentration needed for surfing keeps them present in their bodies, allowing the ocean to begin a healing process. An Iraq veteran says, pointing to the waves, “I died in that spot and was reborn a different person...my body came to life.” —SJPH

The Super Salmon (USA), Ryan Peterson, 25 min 2017 DIRECTOR’S AWARD
Ah, the salmon! Perhaps the most famous of fish, it is best known for its healthy omega-three nutrients, but do people realize what is at stake for salmon to survive in the wilderness? With a gorgeous Alaskan backdrop, we follow one amazing salmon on his long journey up the Sustina River, only to run into a government proposed dam that threatens its life. Along the way we meet those who are helping protect both their way of life and the salmon’s. —AB

It Ain't Pretty (USA), Dayla Soul, 69 min
There is a small tribe of women called “Outer Bar Babes” who surf Ocean Beach in San Francisco, well known for its challenging and gnarly beach breaks. This film touches on sexism and the obstacles that female big wave surfers face at every turn, but there is also a growing wave to shatter the stereotype and inspire all women and girls to go beyond what is considered possible. —YI 

 


 

Photo Credit: Robert Sams, My Haggan Dream, 2016

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Cowell Theater
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM (PST)


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International Ocean Film Festival

Widely acknowledged as the largest and most attended ocean destination event of its kind, the International Ocean Film Festival is an exciting four-day film festival featuring more than 50 independent ocean-inspired films from around the globe. Through the powerful medium of film, IOFF screens the most current independent films that inform audiences about key issues affecting the ocean today and possible solutions to help protect it, while entertaining, educating, and engaging everyone to become ocean stewards.

 

The 14th Annual IOFF will take place on March 9 - 12, 2017 at Cowell Theater in Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The festival is expected to draw more than 4,000 people, and provide free film programs to more than 1,200 Bay Area middle school and high school students as part of the 11th Annual Free Student Program, and feature than 100 submission for the 6th Annual Student Film Competition. 

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