Film Schedule for SUNDAY, March 12

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

Full Film schedule  |  Thursday  |  Friday  |  Saturday  |  Sunday

Program 10 at 10:00 am - Free
Student Film Competition

Middle school and high school student finalists in the 6th Annual IOFF Student Film Competition (SFC) screen their films in this free program. Registration is required for admission.

NEW! See the list of SFC films.

SFC program presented by Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

PANEL DISCUSSION 3 || PLASTIC POLLUTION SOLUTIONS
Sunday, March 12
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

Fort Mason Center - The Firehouse
Moderator: Andrew Kornblatt, Online Ocean Symposium
Panelists: Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, 5 Gyres
Shelly Erickson, Surfrider Foundation

Alison Chan, Save the Bay


Program 11 at 1:00 pm
Ocean Science Program

MAKING OF ANTHROPOMORCENE (USA), 2 min
Chris Jones

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

 
 

IMPERATIVE SHIFT: FUKUSHIMA, TIP OF THE ICEBERG (USA), 14 min
Yoko Kubota*

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

MAUG'S CALDERA: A NATURAL LABORATORY (USA), 30 min
Changing Seas & Open Boat Films

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 and with 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

SEA URCHINS PULL THEMSELVES INSIDE OUT TO BE REBORN (USA), 3 min
Joshua Cassidy*

Conceived in the open ocean, tiny spaceship-shaped sea urchin larvae search their world to find the perfect habitat. After this odyssey as a small planktonic ball, they undergo an astonishing transformation: They pull themselves inside out, and little tube feet emerge so they can seek the kelp they eat. Eventually, they become spheres of spines that withstand the harshest marine conditions and live for centuries. —GC

AN OCEAN MYSTERY: THE MISSING CATCH (USA), 46 min
Alison Barrat

If Newfoundland officials had heeded reports of local near-shore fisherman about the dwindling size of their catches, the catastrophic 1992 closing of the cod fishery might have been averted. 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, governments, scientists, and fisherman urgently need to work together. —SJPH

PANEL DISCUSSION 4 || HOW TECHNOLOGY WILL SAVE THE OCEAN
Sunday, March 12
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Fort Mason Center - The Firehouse

Moderator:  Victor Zykov, Schmidt Ocean Institute
Panelists: David Solomon, Pelagic Data Systems
Captain Philip G. Renaud, USN (Ret), Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation


Program 12 at 4:00 pm

RESURFACE (USA), 22 min
Josh Izenberg & Wynn Padula
Winner: IOFF 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 veterans 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), 25 min
Ryan Peterson
Winner: IOFF 2017 Director's Award

Though perhaps best known for its healthy omega-three nutrients and wonderful flavor, these superb fish must have critical needs met to survive in the wilderness. Against a gorgeous Alaskan backdrop, we follow one amazing salmon on its journey up the Sustina River to the site of a proposed dam that could threaten its life. On the way we meet people who are helping protect both their own way of life and the salmon’s. —AB

IT AIN'T PRETTY (USA), 69 min
Dayla Soul

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

FULL FILM schedule  |  Thursday  |  Friday  |  SATURDAY  |  SUNDAY

Film synopses were written by the following Screening Committee members:

AB: Ana Blanco
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

The photo at the top of this page is a still from the film Window on the Undersea World.