Visionary oceanographer Scott Glenn leads a team of passionate and daring scientists as they race against time to launch the first autonomous underwater robot across the vast and dangerous Atlantic Ocean.
Destined for Spain, the 8-foort bright yellow robot named RU27, or "Scarlet," is launched off the coast of New Jersey. Throughout her journey, data collected by Scarlet is fed into oceanographic navigation and forecasting models. Engulfed by the powerful ocean, our robot hero faces extreme weather conditions, ship traffic and aggressive sea life that can terminate her mission. With limited power and never before tested hardware, Scarlet faces daunting challenges. Fighting currents and storms, she breaks world records. When unknown ocean organisms begin attaching to Scarlet, scientists risk their lives in the high seas of the mid-Atlantic to free her of biological growth.
If Scarlet can successfully cross the vast Atlantic Ocean, her historic mission will inspire a future robotic oceanographic observation network critical for monitoring and predicting climate change.
CREDITS: Director: Dena Seidel Producer: Dena Seidel, Rick Ludescher
Format: 16X9 (widescreen) Region: (All Regions) Number of discs: 1 DVD Release Date: 2011 Run Time: in minutes: 57 min and 75 min
AWARDS: Winner of John Muir Film Award (2010); Finalist - Blue Ocean Film Festival (2010); Winner Best Documentary New Jersey International Film Festival (2011) Garden State Film Festival 2011: Home Grown Documentary Feature Award Winner Winner INTERCOM Competition - Chicago International Film Festival (2010) Winner - Best Visual Effects - Lost Angeles Reel Film Festival (2010); Winner - Best Documentary Feature - Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood (2010); Official Selection - Filmanthropy Festival (2010); Winner - 2nd place Documentary Feature - Los Angeles Reel Film Festival (2010); Honorable Mention = LA Femme Film Festival (2010) Finalist Palm Beach Women's International Film Festival (2011) Finalist Female Eye Film Festival (2011) Finalist Downtown Boca Film Festival (2011)