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September 05, 2018

Catch a screening of six short films that will make you appreciate the ocean

There will be inspiring environmental docs and epic high seas adventures

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Stock image of surfing and the ocean Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Join hosts Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for a fun-filled evening of ocean films.

Currently, there's lots of talk about plastic pollution in the ocean and what efforts we can take to save our seas. 

It's a hot topic, making the arrival of the International Ocean Film Tour in Philadelphia this month extremely timely.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, six short films totaling 120 minutes will be screened at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Some will highlight the beauty of the water, others will touch on conservation and a few will show amazing water sports – each will depict an epic ocean adventure.


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Tickets for the one-night-only event are $15 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m.

Below is the lineup, with a description of each film provided by the International Ocean Film Tour.

"Paradigm Lost" (U.S. 2017)

Kai Lenny – kitesurfer, windsurfer and big-wave, tow-in and stand-up paddle surfer – is aptly described as a total waterman. The 25-year-old Hawaiian, who stepped on a surfboard for the first time at the age of five, is regarded as an exceptional talent. In "Paradigm Lost," he shows us the ultimate water sports action in a variety of disciplines and in the best spots worldwide.

"Water II" (U.S. 2016)

An ode to waves. Morgan Maassen plunges under the water with his high-contrast, slow-motion camera to show us the world, the waves and the sea from a new perspective. "Water II" is Maassen‘s visual declaration of love for his muse, the sea.

"Ocean Rider" (Switzerland 2017)

Despite being in his landlocked homeland, Swiss sailor Yvan Bourgnon dreams big. He embarks on a solo trip around the world in his cockpit-less catamaran. No protection against the elements, no crew, and 55,000 kilometers of open water ahead. On his 220-day journey, Bourgnon faces storms, pirates and polluted seas.

"My Own Private Monster" (Australia 2016)

The pitch-black sea, 26 kilometers off the Tasmanian coast, forms a wall of water near the Pedra Branca rocks. These rocks cause massive, powerful swells that windsurfers have never before even attempted. One wipeout would almost certainly mean serious injuries, and possibly death. Still, Alastair McLeod wants to take the risk. We follow this exceptional windsurfer on his mission to tame
 his own "private monster."

"Vamizi" (Mozambique and Sweden 2016)

Off the coast of Mozambique, a pristine and dazzling treasure chest await: one of the oldest coral reefs of the planet. But this paradise of biodiversity is under threat. Coral bleaching is a warning sign of global warming. "Vamizi" takes us into the fascinating world of coral reefs and shows what we can protect by establishing "hope spots."

"The Big Wave Project – A Band of Brothers" (Australia and Portugal 2017)

Big wave surfing in Portugal: The name "Nazaré" makes all surfers' hearts beat faster. This small fishing village on the Atlantic coast of Portugal has become synonymous with gargantuan mountains of water and massive waves. When the tide is high in Nazaré and sets of Atlantic storms roll onto shore, only the best surfers dare 
to get in the water. Come aboard for a wild ride.


International Ocean Film Tour

Thursday, Sept. 27
7-10 p.m. | $15 per person
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103


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