Ocean Shorts: EarthVision Shorts Program
Program run time: 99 mins
Dancing with Dragons
(Documentary Short, 15 mins)
Synopsis: As a boy growing up in the bush of Zimbabwe, Forrest Galante was deeply aware of the predators that surrounded him. Now he wants to enter the water with the most dangerous of all, the crocodile, and dance with dragons.
Fishermen Without a Sea
(Documentary Short, 20 mins)
Synopsis: In Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, fishermen try to maintain their traditional way of life through fishing, and to support their families despite the Bay’s overwhelming pollution. Sérgio, a wise old man of the sea at only 65, reminisces about the old days when the sea teemed with marine life and points to the forces that are destroying artisanal fishing. With less than a year until the start of the Olympic Games, the mainstream media is concerned about the health of the athletes sailing in races on the Bay. But what about the people who already live there?
Director: Native to Brazil, Lucas Bonetti grew up in Los Angeles where he studied photography. He later got a Master's degree in Social Documentation from UCSC. His topics of interest include social and environmental issues, especially related to water.
Souls of the Vermilion Sea
(Environmental and Social Justice Film, 28 mins)
Synopsis: Souls of the Vermilion Sea is a new half hour documentary from non-profit media company Wild Lens. The film tells the story behind the struggle to save the vaquita - the world's most endangered marine mammal. This unique species of porpoise is found only in the northernmost waters of the Gulf of California in Mexico, and is being driven to extinction by a nefarious illegal wildlife trade. The swim bladder of a fish called the totoaba is worth tens of thousands of dollars in China, and the booming illegal fishery for this species has driven the vaquita frighteningly close to extinction.
Director: As the director of Wild Lens’ Eyes on Conservation series, Sean works closely with partner organizations to develop a production plan, and oversees each step of the filmmaking process from pre-production to distribution. Additionally, Sean has directed a number of the short films in our EOC series, including The Maasai Giraffe, The Forgotten Migration and all the films highlighting the work of The Marine Mammal Center. In addition to being a part of the Wild Lens team, Sean actively works with a wide variety of wildlife species as both a biologist and photographer/videographer, including the Hawaiian Monk Seal, Stellar sea lions, Northern elephant seals, Northern Fur Seals, Pacific fishers, black bears, and the elusive Ivory-billed woodpecker. He received his BFA in Sculpture and Cinematography from Stephen F. Austin State University.
(Environmental and Social Justice Film, 32 mins)
Scheduled to attend: Linda Booker (Director); Jacki Nunez (Interviewee); Wallace J. Nichols (interviewee); Steve Elb (Interviewee)
Synopsis: Used once and tossed, billions of plastic straws wind up in landfills and streets finding their way to oceans. Actor/Director Tim Robbins narrates the history and story of STRAWS, and marine researchers, citizen activists, and business owners discuss how it's possible to make a sea of change, one straw at a time.
Director: Linda Booker is a water-loving traveler and founder of By the Brook Productions based in central North Carolina. Linda's childhood play instilled a respect for nature that today influences her mission to make films that entertain as well as inspire possibilities for a healthier planet. Prior to STRAWS, Booker produced and directed “Bringing It Home,” an award-winning film about the many benefits and uses of industrial hemp. She received a Certificate in Documentary Studies from Duke University in 2005.
Streams of Plastic
(Environmental and Social Justice Film, 4 mins)
Synopsis: There is a Global Alert on Floating Trash. Rivers and creeks are like arteries flowing to our heart, the Ocean. Plastic pollution is like cholesterol trying to get to the heart, downstream.
Director: Gary Bencheghib is a 22-year- old french born and Bali-raised filmmaker and producer determined to use film and music to inspire people to live a more sustainable life. His passion for the environment began at a young age, when he witnessed his home island of Bali completely change overnight with trash overflowing its once picturesque beaches. In response, he founded Make A Change Bali at 14-years old: a non-profit organization and media-outlet aimed at educating the local community about the effects of plastic waste and the importance of sustainable waste management. Since some of his projects have included sailing down the Mississippi River on a plastic bottle boat, following Rob Greenfield for thirty days as he wore every single piece of trash he created in a specially designed trash suit and documenting the biggest environmental group in the history of Indonesia combatting the development of artificial islands in Bali. Gary's work has reached hundreds of millions of people worldwide. He has worked with VICE, National Geographic, We Are Family Foundation, serves as an Ocean Ambassador for the Ocean Recovery Alliance and is a frequently featured star alumnus at the New York Film Academy.