Film Schedule for Thursday, March 9

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

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Program 1 at 4:00 PM

CORAL IN CRISIS! (Malaysia), 5 min
Will Foster-Grundy

U.S. PREMIERE
While corals around the world suffer the effects of 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), 22 min
Vanina Harel & Zara Currimjee*

WEST COAST PREMIERE
When Georgie was a boy, fishing with his father on the island of Mauritius, 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 policymakers to protect marine resources. Fishers from Mauritius and the neighboring island of Rodrigues provide solutions, inspiring others to take simple, individual actions. —KH

SYLVIA EARLE VISITS THE GULF OF CALIFORNIA HOPE SPOT (USA), 7 min
Kip Evans

Renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle considers the best place to dive 50 years ago to be “almost anywhere.” The rich sea off Baja California, among others, 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 for myriad fish, and the nets are filling again. —MJS

WHY JUST ONE? (USA), 55 min
Michael Colin

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 at 7:00 pm

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OCEANIC CONNECTION (USA), 4 min
Haydn Fischer

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), 84 min
Bob van der Gronde

Chapter One tells six stories about the dangerous sport of kiteboarding, the latest evolution of windsurfing. 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 astonishing speed 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

* 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: Stephani Gordon, Maug's Caldera: A Natural Laboratory