Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films
Director – Michael Ramsey
An urgent plan to save the planet
In 1991, arborist David Milarch had a near-death experience that inspired a personal quest to reforest our planet. He would harvest the genetics of the world’s oldest trees, initiate tree-planting efforts to combat climate change, and help restore the planet’s health. Remarkably, he has been doing just that.
Moving the Giants follows one man, David Milarch, as he clones some of the world’s most ancient and largest living things—California’s coastal redwoods—and replants them in Oregon. This effort serves two purposes: First, as the planet warms and conditions for these redwoods change in their southernmost range, it is likely that many of these trees will die. By cloning and replanting them further north in places where they once thrived but have been clear-cut, Milarch will preserve these majestic giants. Second, redwood trees are among the most effective carbon sequestration tools in the world, and by planting these seedlings, Milarch takes part in a global effort to use one of nature’s most impressive achievements to re-chart a positive course for humanity.
Director – Sarama
Exploring the living treasures of the Salish Sea and the powerful undercurrents of resistance to the corporate fossil fuel agenda that threaten it
Artist and film maker Sarama uses his lens and his writing, the voices of the people shown, and the power of nature’s beauty, to tell the story of why we must work for positive change, to ensure the survival of humanity and life as we know it on this living earth. Voiced by narrator Colleen Elson, and featuring the music of Dene drummers, John Ten Bear Thompson, Shie Rozow, and Tim McMorris, this is the short film version of the feature length documentary, This Living Salish Sea.
This Living Salish Sea shows local crises at the crossroads of global change. Will we continue to degrade our living biosphere by increasing carbon loads and toxic inputs, or will we preserve the natural world that sustains us?
A barrage of heavy industry plans for more coal port expansion, more oil pipelines, more tankers carrying tar sands diluted bitumen, and LNG exports from more fracking, meet increasing resistance from communities, joining with First Nations.
Shown are people speaking their conscience, and images of the wildlife, forests, streams, air, water, and the undersea biosphere, which these people are standing up to protect, for generations of all the unborn.
Director – Ken O’Sullivan
Reflections of an Underwater Cameraman
Director – Ken O’Sullivan
Film maker Ken O’Sullivan specializes in filming underwater. In this short, he creates a thoughtful essay about his work and life, which he dedicates to diving, surfing and documenting the beauty and the wonders of the marine world in the seas around his home of Ireland.
Behind the Lines: Deeper
Director – Mikey Corker
As the waves are getting bigger, the consequences are higher
Behind the Lines: Deeper, follows big wave surfing hero Andrew Cotton as he hunts down the world’s most epic swells. We find out what drives him and whether all of his hard graft is worth the six seconds of glory that the perfect wave brings.
Director – Academy Award winner Louie Psihoyos
It’s better to light one candle than curse the darkness
In Racing Extinction, a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Two worlds drive extinction across the globe, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species. The international wildlife trade creates bogus markets at the expense of creatures that have survived on this planet for millions of years. And the other surrounds us, hiding in plain sight — a world that the oil and gas companies don’t want the rest of us to see. Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the Racing Extinction team exposes these two worlds in an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it. From the Academy Award® Winning Filmmakers of “The Cove.”