2010 Program

Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films


Director – Jim Bizzocchi (Canada)

Jim is a moving image artist and assistant professor at SFU. His Ambient Video series of works – Rockface (2002), Streaming Video (2004), Winterscape (2006), Cycle (2009) – explores a new genre for high-definition video that might be best described as ‘living paintings’, or ‘ambient video’. Ambient video is the “slow-form” reversal of forty years of intense development of the fast-paced television “short-form”.

turtle_the-incredible-journey-2009_28991375236591Turtle: The Incredible Journey

Director – Nick Stringer (UK)

The story of a little loggerhead turtle, as she follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world.


Under a million stars, she crawls out of the sea to lay her own eggs and keeps the Turtle´s Journey alive.

Turtle: The Incredible Journey has all the elements of a great epic: suspense, adventure, despair and hope.

The Aquatic Serengeti

Director – Dr. Brian Keating (Canada)

A spirit lifting journey into some of the planets best ocean locations. 

Brian Keating has been travelling the wilds of the world for over a quarter of a century, exploring some 50 countries on all 7 continents. 

He promises a journey to oceans near and far, into gin-clear tropical-ocean depths with unbelievable creatures, to remote northern fjords accessible only by kayak, and to places where the largest and most dramatic of the worlds aquatic creatures live and thrive.

Black People Don’t Swim

Director – Lucilla Blankenberg (South Africa)

Cut to a beanie-clad comedian standing in a spotlight: “When white people dance, they swim. When black people swim, they drown.” This documentary follows junior longboard champion Kwezi Qika during an episode in his life (literally). At 18years old Kwezi was South Africa’s junior surfing champion. He was also the first black South African to ever win his country’s most prestigious surfing tournament. This film investigates myth and stereotype, which is chucked into the trash, and hails the sacrifice made by his domestic worker mum.

Red Gold

Directors – Ben Knight & Travis Rummel (USA)

A cinematic ocean documentary that explores the variety of subtle differences that makes a California urchin diver’s life so unique. The characters lead us past the traditional fisherman stereotypes, revealing the possible end of an era and creation of a new breed of environmentally conscious divers.

Runman’s Groms: Lil Ray and his Friends

Director – Ray Runman (Hawaii)

A film about Lil Ray the grom, other groms, and adults that act like groms. Winner of the Viewers Choice Award for Best Short at the 2009 New York Surf Film Festival.

Ocean Gybe

Director – Andrew Naysmith (Canada)

In the summer of 2007, brothers Ryan and Bryson Robertson along with good friend Hugh Patterson began their dream and departed La Paz, Mexico on a three-year circumnavigation of the globe. They are surfers, sailors, and explorers. Their adventure is a voyage of exploration, research, and education.

Terra Antarctica: Rediscovering the Seventh Continent

Director – Jon Bowermaster (USA)

For six weeks John Bowermaster explored the Antarctic Peninsula by sea kayak, sailboat, foot and small plane, observing the fast changing evolution of this most remote place. Impacted by climate change – temperatures have warmed along the Peninsula faster than anywhere on the planet during the past 50 years – this part of Antarctica is also experiencing a boom in tourism and nations fighting over who owns what as its ice slowly disappears.

Out There

Director – Teton Gravity Research (USA)

Through the experiences of surfers and the locals they meet throughout their travel, the film takes a thought-provoking look into the environmental destruction threatening known and unknown surf spots. Out There questions impending threats to Trestles in Southern California, pulp mill pollution in Southern Chile and unrestricted development along Hawaii’s famed North Shore and in Tahiti.


Director – Sean Mullens (California)

Birthright is a film about the struggle and inspired triumph of the human spirit.  At age seventeen, Michael Mitchell became a quadriplegic as a result of a surfing accident. This film documents Michael’s daily journey from wheelchair to water’s edge, where surfing a hybrid surf kayak enables him to transcend his physical limitations and to be his most natural self.