2018 International Ocean Film Festival
March 11 only
The International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) held in San Francisco inspires people to appreciate and care for the ocean by revealing its wonders through independent films.
Sunday, March 11, 1:30pm
In an ocean that covers one third of the Earth’s surface are many mysteries: the “arribada” in Costa Rica when half a million turtles all converge on the same beach; strange symmetrical patterns in the sand off Japan; the daily migration of the chambered nautilus; the 10-eyed horseshoe crab; and firefly shrimp each with 20,000 eggs. There are even huge stone cities built by ancient, long gone civilizations. –KH
Directed by Samantha McKegg & Samantha Young. New Zealand. 53 minutes.
A couple’s pleasant Mediterranean sailing trip is thrown into tension-filled turmoil by an encounter with refugees desperate to escape their violence-torn North African homelands. In just 20 minutes, this powerful film puts us in the middle of a moral quandary, not unlike some of our own, that demands life and death choices. –SJPH
Directed by Mark Wilkerson. Switzerland. 21 minutes.
Tickets for IOFF’s Program 13 available here.
Sunday, March 11, 4:00pm
DIVE TO BE ALIVE
Diving keeps you alive,” claims Hayward Coleman, 70-year-old yogi master. You don’t become a zombie in the mind-controlled world in which we live.” —AB
Directed by Florian Fischer. Germany. 5 mins.
ONE BREATH: A LIFE WITHOUT GRAVITY
Husband and wife free divers Eusebio and Christina Saenz de Santamaria share many adventures underwater. Among them is an attempt to set a new world record for diving depth for two people together: 100 meters. Try holding your breath along with them. —KH
Directed by Sebastian Solberg. United Kingdom. 7 minutes.
DEDICATE: DIVING FREE
A chemical engineer turned free-diving photographer, Jacques de Vos has pursued his love for orcas since childhood. He shares the magic and wonder of being in the water and interacting with humpback whales and orcas off the coast of Norway. —YI
Produced for Red Bull. Norway. 8 minutes.
ALICE IN BORNEO’S WONDERLAND
Alice, a sixteen-year-old aspiring biologist, learns to scuba dive off the coast of Malaysian Borneo and discovers a wondrous world. With the help of Shark Steward instructors, she learns to respect the key predators of that astonishing world — the sharks, endangered worldwide because of shark finning. Her next step is to share with other students her new knowledge about the importance of protecting the oceans. —SJPH
Directed by David McGuire. United States. 12 minutes.
PATTERNS OF THE OCEAN: PROTECTING INDONESIA MANTA RAYS
The eagles of the sea, manta rays are a giant, gentle and graceful kind of flat shark. With a wingspan of twenty-one feet and weighing well over a ton, these acrobatic denizens are favorites among scuba divers. Now coveted as a dubious traditional medicine, these rays are becoming a shark fin substitute and rapidly endangered. A German team of filmmakers tirelessly document the work of scientists and conservationists in Indonesia, working to save these beautiful animals from extinction. –DM
Directed by Hendrik & Claudia Schmitt / The Jetlagged. Germany. 45 minutes.
Tickets for IOFF’s Program 14 available here.