SAVE THE DATE: October 2-3, 2021

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“Green Planet Films Presents”  is our new initiative,  where we invite existing environmental film festivals from around the world to showcase 12 hours of documentary films and discussion which will include award winners and topical documentaries curated to our region.

Because of our coastal location, the first festival we will present is The International Ocean Film Festival, based in San Francisco, CA

DATES:  October 2-3, 2021

LOCATION: The Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Ave, Stonington, CT

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SAND WARS (52 mins) Denis Delestrac. France
Sand Wars is a surprising investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet. Due to the high demand for sand, the planet’s reserves are being threatened. Three-quarters of the world’s beaches are in decline and bound to disappear as victims of erosion, or of sand smuggling. What will be the consequences of sand extraction on the environment and life on the planet? Sand Wars will take us around the world to witness this new gold rush firsthand.

TIDEWATER (42 mins) Roger Sorkin. USA
Water is rising, land is sinking, and the military is here to stay. In Hampton Roads, Virginia, the U.S. military is fighting to save its highest concentration of bases from sea level rise, attempting to solve one of the greatest challenges to our national security and economic prosperity the nation has ever faced.

EMPERORS OF THE DEEP (76 mins) William McKeever. USA
Sharks are frequently discounted as demons, but Sharks Emperors of the Deep reveals the complexities around the world’s most feared fish. Horrified after seeing sharks killed at a tournament in Montauk NY, filmmaker William McKeever takes us on a journey around the world, diving and exposing slavery and illegal fishing at sea with Greenpeace. We discover the truth about the massive destruction of shark populations and that humans are the real demons. In Sharks Bay Australia, scientists demonstrate how humans need
sharks as they keep the seas healthy.

A MAKO STRONGHOLD (3 mins) Shawn Heinrichs. USA
In the waters off New Zealand, where a hook and line tuna fishery thrives, 1,000 mako sharks are taken every year as bycatch, threatening the chances of their survival in these waters. A mako female does not mature until the age of 18 or 20, giving birth to up to 15 pups every three years. Releasing these sharks from their hooks will have minimal effect but and needs to be done to protect these magnificent animals.

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GREAT WHITE SHARKS (3 mins) Lakan Duskin, Student film. USA
Learn a lot about the great white shark — but from the perspective of a 10 year old mastering the use of Lego in a stop-motion animation film. Complete with Shark Trivia and a call to action to tell friends and families about how to protect these important apex predators, this is a delightful short film for audiences of all ages.

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SEEKING SANCTUARY (10  mins ) Nick Jones. UK
St Joseph's Atoll is the last bastion for sharks in the Seychelles. Scientist Ornella sets out to prove its importance and guarantee its preservation.

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Jon Dodd, Atlantic Shark Institute
William McKeever, Director

FISH & MEN (85 mins) Darby Duffin, Adam Jones. USA
Winner of the Global Audience Award at the 2021 IOFF. A comprehensive approach to better understanding the high cost of cheap fish in the modern US seafood economy, this film shows the dire consequences on five specific fish species. With an estimated 91% of our fish being imported, we need to become more aware of the origin of our seafood. With the help of local fishing communities, pioneering fishermen, and celebrated chefs, a movement is underway to embrace a more local, seasonal and sustainable seafood industry. Reconnect with fishermen who risk their lives to harvest the oceans and discover new varieties of seafood.
SONG OF THE SPINDLE (4 mins) Drew Christie. USA
An animated interspecies conversation that leads to a neuron found in the brains of humans and whales that makes us capable of compassion, whether we use it, or not.

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SPINNAKER (14 mins) Nadine Licostie. USA
The story of a whale named Spinnaker, who was tracked from her birth until her death -- across three entanglement events. Spinnaker’s life is a rare example where marine biologists were able to see how deeply entanglement can impact

WHALE WISDOM (50 mins) Rick Rosenthal. USA
Filmmaker Rick Rosenthal embarks on a journey into the minds of whales, and discovers their ingenuity and tenderness, their risk-taking and curiosity, and even their music. Filmed in 7 countries, WHALE WISDOM gives us a glimpse of the intelligence of these giants with whom we share our oceans.

CALL OF THE BABY BELUGA (52 mins) Suzanne Chilsom & Michael Parfit. Canada
One day in Quebec, a baby beluga whale washes up on a gravel beach along the St. Lawrence River. Unexpectedly, she is vigorously alive. A scientific team decides to take unusual steps to try to save her. The story of this baby whale leads us on a larger journey through the amazing world of the St. Lawrence beluga whales and of the scientists who have worked for decades against long odds to help them. Like the story of the baby, it is a tough trip in a beautiful place, a true tale of drama, uncertainty, camaraderie, hard work, achievement, perseverance, and love, brightened by a glimpse of hope.

LOBSTER WAR (74 mins) David Abel. USA
A film about a climate-fueled conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as the Gray Zone, were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty.

JUNK RAFT (29 mins) Chris Jones. USA
Of the plastic we use in a year, under 5% is recycled. We throw the rest away. This film asks, “Where is away?” Two men sail from LA to Honolulu on a boat whose hull is made of 15,000 plastic bottles. The plastic the two men collect by trolling is made up of small bits and pieces, just the right size to be eaten by small fish, the kind many people like to eat.

SONIC SEA (60 mins) Michelle Dougherty, Daniel Hinerfeld. USA
Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of whales, sharks and dolphins. But man-made underwater noise is threatening this fragile world - with devastating consequences.

FREIGHTENED: The Real Cost of Shipping (52 mins) Denis Delestrac. Spain
An audacious investigation reveals the mechanics and perils of freight shipping. An incredible 90% of the products consumed in the Western world come from overseas. This expansive journey uncovers the obscure world of container ships that are central to our economy and environment.

The goal of this program is to bring to our community an illuminating platform, such as documentary film screenings, to help us expand our understanding of the critical environmental challenges that face us globally and locally today, plus celebrating successes that mitigate these challenges. Sample topics for this particular event are rising seas, fisheries, sharks, shipping and sonar, light houses, belugas, and plastic pollution. We aim to influence reasonable movement within people’s personal or business lives, or contact their government, to help implement changes that are important to them after seeing the films.  

About the International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF)
The largest ocean film festival on Earth, the IOFF inspires ocean activism through through independent film. Founded in 2004 in San Francisco, CA, the IOFF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is dedicated to restoring, protecting, and balancing ocean biodiversity - one film at a time.

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