Film Schedule for Friday, March 10

All films screen at Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center. Tickets are now on sale on Eventbrite!

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Program 3 at 1:00 pm

FACING THE SURGE (USA), 25 min
Diogo Castro Freire

Leadership emerges at many levels in times of crisis. The people of Norfolk, VA, now find their homes, their livelihoods, and their very lives on the line as the relentless sea encroaches. This film reveals how Norfolk residents discover strength, hope, and solutions amid sodden ruins, and how they push their leaders to address the larger scale impacts of sea level rise. —MJS

APPETITE FOR INVASIVES (USA), 6 min
Emily Driscoll, Nancy Rosenthal & Gaelin Rosenwaks

You’ll need an adventurous spirit and an appetite for the unusual to dine here. 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), 76 min
James Stier

Winner: IOFF 2017 Coastal Culture Award
U.S. PREMIERE
The Rame Peninsula of Cornwall, England, is home to fisherman Malcolm Baker, 70+ years of age, fishes using traditional methods. He makes his own pots and boats and mends his own nets. In the film, Malcolm’s townsfolk celebrate his individual strength and his 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. —ST

Program 4 at 4:00 pm

THE HAMA HAMA WAY (USA), 12 min
Treva Wurmfeld

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 prized crustacean. —RR

THE SNAIL-SMASHING, FISH-SPEARING, EYE-POPPING MANTIS SHRIMP (USA), 4 min
Elliott Kennerson & Joshua Cassidy

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), 14 min
Will Foster-Grundy

U.S. PREMIERE
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 charismatic seahorse — the only species in which the male gives birth! Learn about this mystical animal and its plight. Divers love these magnificent creatures, which are too often collected for the Chinese medicine trade. —GC

HIGH HOPES: THE FUTURE OF DUNGENESS CRAB (USA), 6 min
Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele

WORLD PREMIERE
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), 52 min
Denis Delestrac

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 at 7:00 pm
Surfing Program

THE MAN & THE SEA (Australia), 3 min
Andrew Kaineder

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), 19 min
RC Cone
Winner, IOFF 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), 15 min
Andrew Kaineder
U.S. PREMIERE

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 surfers. With insights from 11-time world champion Kelly Slater, the film highlights Russell’s amazing win at Cape Fear. —AB

WAY EAST (Austria), 21 min
Aline Bock

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 (USA), 7 min
Thierry Los*

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), 58 min
Patrick Trefz

This film tells the story of 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. Artist Richard Kenvin and three-time Mavericks winner Darryl ‘Flea’ Virostko round out the fascinating cast of this kaleidoscopic film. —IO

* Filmmaker is expected to be in attendance for Q&A.

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Film synopses were written by the following Screening Committee members:

AB: Ana Blanco
GC: Gretchen Coffman
SJPH: Sidney JP Hollister
KH: Keith Howell
YI: Yuko Inatsuki
DM: David McGuire
IO: Ibon Olaskoaga
JCO: John Owen
RR: Rachel Rhodes
MJS: Mary Jane Schramm
ST: Stan Teng

Top photo credit: Andrew Kaineder, still from the film Bezerke.