Ocean Night: DamNation! and more

DamNation – Trailer from Patagonia on Vimeo.

Join us for a special Ocean Night featuring DamNation and a selection of short films at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.

More details here.

Ocean Night: ‘Trashed’ and ‘Polyester’ this Thursday at ATL

Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper present Ocean Night, featuring Trashed and Polyester on Thursday, April 4, at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, 1036 G St., Arcata.

Doors opens at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m., cost is $3 donation, free for Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider and Baykeeper members.

If you think waste is someone else’s problem, think again. Humboldt Waste Management Authority and Zero-Waste Humboldt co-sponsor this week’s screening.

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Trashed is a 2012 documentary produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady selected to receive a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Narrator Jeremy Irons stands on a beach beside the ancient Lebanese city of Sidon. Above him towers a mountain of rubbish-a pullulating eyesore of medical waste, household trash, toxic fluids and dead animals-the result of thirty years of consumption by just one small city out of how many in the world? As the day’s new consignments are tipped on top, debris tumbles off the side and into the blue of the Mediterranean. Surrounded by a vast reach of plastic bottles, a forlorn Jeremy Irons stares at the horizon. “Appalling,” he mutters. Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady’s narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.

Polyester is when true visual expression meets the artistry of surfing. The film features the surfing life of California’s Al Knost.Polyester is independent filmmaker Jack Coleman’s first feature length surf film, running time is 35 minutes. The film is a completely independent production, with no branding. Shot, edited, and produced entirely by Jack Coleman. A surf film captured all ‘in camera’ with no digital imagery or after effects. Polyester took one-year to complete. Featured locations in project were Mainland Mexico, Central Baja, and a lot of the famous Southern California surf spots that Alex frequently visits.  

TONIGHT: Ocean Night! Birth of an Ocean, Surfing for Life

TONIGHTOcean ConservancyHumboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper present “Birth of an Ocean” and “Surfing for Life” as part of our ongoing Ocean Night series at the Arcata Theatre Lounge.

Birth of an Ocean 
More than four billion years ago, the most important event in Earth’s history took place – the ocean was born. It completely transformed the planet, creating a watery oasis that gave rise to the air we breathe, our climate, and a stunning array of life, including the critical species that first crawled out of the sea to inhabit land. The ocean is what transformed Earth into the livable, blue planet it is today. Learn how we are just beginning to understand the complexity of the ocean and the immense influence it has on the planet and our own survival.

Surfing for Life
A vibrant and award-winning one-hour documentary about inspiring well-spent lives, offers a totally fresh look at successful aging. Narrated by Beau Bridges, it profiles ten legendary surfers who model healthy aging by staying active and engaged into their 7th, 8th and 9th decades. Through interviews, contemporary day-in-the-life footage, and a wealth of rare archival material, the film provides an eloquent and powerful antidote to the negative images of aging presented in America’s youth-obsessed culture.

Doors: 6:30 p.m.
Films: 7 p.m.
Raffle to follow
$3 donation
all-ages

Hope to see you there!

Ocean Night: Michael Kew, surf flicks, silent auction, raffle, fundraising for shark bite victim

In addition to our usual Ocean Night goodness and more, we’re raising funds for today’s shark bite victim. As of posting this, the T-S is reporting he’s in “fair condition.” Story here.

So we’ll have a raffle that includes a brand new 4/3 wetsuit, and local artwork and two locally shaped boards will be auctioned off during the event. Want to donate, but can’t make it? Email humboldt@surfrider.org.

Here’s the rest of the scoop:

Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper present Ocean Night at Arcata Theatre Lounge, Thursday, Nov. 1 featuring Humboldt State University alumni Michael Kew. Kew brings two films – Triptych and Guacamole – plus shares excerpts from his new book, Crossings. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and movies start at 7 p.m. Ocean Night is all ages. A $3 donation is requested at the door.

Ocean Night, tonight! With Otter 501 and surf flicks!

Ocean Night! This Thursday! It’s a BIG DEAL!

Hello, ocean lovers!

Below is the info for June’s Ocean Night event, which is special for a number of reasons, specifically:

1. We’re celebrating the completion of the Marine Life Protection Act along California’s coast.
2. We’re showing Disney’s Oceans movie!
3. We’re raffling a surfboard and a painting (both locally crafted) to benefit the family of Heather Bonser-Bishop.

Yay!

So join Humboldt Baykeeper, Ocean Conservancy and Humboldt Surfrider in celebrating the adoption of California’s newest ocean parks at Ocean Night, Thursday, June 7 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. The all-ages event includes a rare and beautiful look below the sea with Disney’s Oceans movie, plus Grey Whale Sessions, the story of four artists-surfers traveling through Baja.

In addition to the usual raffle, this Ocean Night features a surfboard shaped by Flying Fish’s Mark McClenden and an original Matt Beard painting, the proceeds of which will benefit the family of Heather Bonser-Bishop, a 39-year-old mother, nonprofit consultant and active community member in Trinidad, who drowned April 28 while paddle boarding with her husband and two daughters on the Chetco River.

Raffle tickets may be purchased in advance at the Neighborhood Board Shop, 685 11th St., Arcata, and Flying Fish Surfboards, 2006 Fourth St., Eureka, as well as during Ocean Night.

A donation of $3 is requested at the door. Films start at 7 p.m.

See you there!

 

Ocean Night, Thursday, March 8: Loose Change

Join Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper, Thursday, March 8 in the Arcata Theatre Lounge for Ocean Night. This month’s films are the PBS special Salmon: Running the Gauntlet and Taylor Steele’s surf classic, Loose Change. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movies start at 7 p.m. Ocean Night is all-ages with a $3 donation requested.

Salmon: Running the Gauntlet investigates the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish’s life cycle. Each desperate effort to save salmon has involved replacing their natural cycle of reproduction and death with a radically manipulated life history. Once great runs of salmon are now conceived in laboratories, raised in tanks, driven in trucks and farmed in pens. In its exposure of a wildly creative, hopelessly complex and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon, the film reveals one of the most ambitious plans ever conceived for taking the reins of the planet.

In Loose Change, acclaimed director Taylor Steele asks “What if the top pro surfers never started surfing?” The answers are as amusing as the surfing is amazing. Loose Change stars Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Kelly Slater, Taylor Knox, Tim Curran, Dan Malloy, Chris Malloy, Keith Malloy, Kalani Rob, Conan Hayes, Bruce Irons and Taj Burrow.

Ocean Night this Saturday! Corruption in Cajun Country! Good news from Sacto! Finally, that bodysurfing flick!

Come out this Saturday, Dec. 10, to Ocean Night featuring SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories and Come Hell or High Water, plus a 2011 Sacramento legislative update by Assemblymember Jared Huffman, co-author of the “shark fin” bill, AB 376, that passed earlier this year.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m. Donations accepted and raffle tickets available at the entrance. Ocean Night is all ages and hosted by Ocean ConservancyHumboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper. For more information, email Ocean Conservancy’s North Coast Program Coordinator Jennifer Savage at jsavage@oceanconservancy.org or humboldt@surfrider.org.

SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories investigates how the exploitation of Southern Louisiana’s abundant natural resources compromised the resiliency of its ecology and culture, multiplying the devastating impact of the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina. Its waterways support the biggest economies in Louisiana – a $70 billion a year oil and gas industry, a $2.4 billion a year fishing business, tourism and recreational sports. They are also home to some insidious polluters: the same oil and gas industry, 200 petrochemical plants along a 100-mile-long stretch of the Mississippi known as “Cancer Alley,” the world’s largest Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico and erosion that is costing the coastline 25-square miles of wetlands a year. SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories is a poignant look back at a way of life that may now be gone forever, and a prescient view at exactly how the gusher in the Gulf was allowed to happen. Thanks to corruption, malfeasance and the Louisiana industrial and political climate, environmental pollution seems to be simply a cost of doing business.


Woodshed Films, Patagonia, and Nixon are proud to announce the world tour for Keith Malloy’s debut film project, Come Hell or High Water. The film explores the history and progression of the sport of bodysurfing and the pureness that comes from riding a wave. Shot primary in 16mm, the film takes a unique look at the culture, beauty and simplicity of the sport, capturing the stories and locations of those who belong to this community. While Malloy is most widely known for his time in the water as a surfer, his exploration into the world of bodysurfing began some 10 years ago when he wanted to reconnect with the ocean and did so through bodysurfing. Said Malloy about this project, “It’s about taking a breath and kicking your feet in the big blue sea.”

Saturday, Oct. 8: Ocean Night featuring Globe’s Year 0000 and more…

Fundraiser to help Humboldt Wildlife Center’s oiled pelican crisis!

Saturday, October 8
Doors 6:30
All ages
$3 donation
Free for OC, Surfrider and Baykeeper members & children 10 and under.
Every month: Ocean Night! From majestic documentaries to epic surf flicks, explore the great blue sea with Ocean ConservancyHumboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper.

Water On The Table, an intimate portrait of international water activist Maude Barlow and the debate over whether water is a commercial good or a human right, 56-minutes. WATER ON THE TABLE features Maude Barlow, who is considered an “international water-warrior” for her crusade to have water declared a human right. “Water must be declared a public trust and a human right that belongs to the people, the ecosystem and the future, and preserved for all time and practice in law. Clean water must be delivered as a public service, not a profitable commodity.” The film intimately captures the public face of Maude Barlow as well as the unscripted woman behind the scenes. The camera shadows her life on the road in Canada — including an eye-opening visit to Alberta’s tar sands — and the United States over the course of a year as she serves as the UN Senior Advisor on Water to Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd Session of the United Nations. More than a portrait of an activist, WATER ON THE TABLE presents several dramatic opposing arguments. Barlow’s critics are policy and economic experts who argue water is no different than any other resource, and that the best way to protect freshwater is to privatize it. It is proposed that Canada bulk-export its water to the United States in the face of an imminent water crisis.

Journey of the Blob, an illustration of the water cycle in a cautionary tale about pollution, 10 minutes. This classic, wordless film from the “Look Again” series tells a story that appeals to all ages, and is used widely in environmental education courses around the country. A boy makes a decision about how to dispose of a green glob he has concocted. What will happen if he dumps it into a stream? Where does water come from and where does it go? This film illustrates the water cycle and raises many questions about environmental responsibility and the consequences of our decisions. “Who says the video medium has no place in literacy? In an era rife with the claims of the supremacy of print, these fine videos (the Look Again series) not only make kids look again, but they also make them think and learn.” – Booklist

Year 0000, pronounced ‘Year Zero’, is a modern take on high performance surfing set in a post-apocalyptic world, reminiscent of Mad Max or an HG Wells novel. It tells a story of a band of renegade surfers, including Dion Agius, Yadin Nicol, Nate Tyler, Taj Burrow, CJ Hobgood and Damien Hobgood, on a road trip through the apocalypse in search of waves, women, and good times. The film’s original soundtrack by BLACK MOUNTAIN, whom VICE MAGAZINE has called, “One of the best rock n’ roll bands of our time,” creates a sonic landscape that fully delivers the immersive experience that director Joe G envisioned for the film. The film was shot on location around the world entirely in super 16mm film and offers a unique concept with stunning visuals that capture the essence of surfing in a novel setting. YEAR ZERO follows GLOBE’S previous award winning productions such as SECRET MACHINE and NEW EMISSIONS OF LIGHT AND SOUND and is undoubtedly GLOBE’S largest film project to date.

Ocean night tonight: Whales!

Showing at ATL tonight!

Whales take center stage at the Arcata Theatre Lounge tonight for Ocean Night, a monthly, all-ages event hosted by Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper. The night begins with an exploration into the life and work of whale biologist and activist Roger Payne in “A Life Among Whales.” Payne’s discovery in the early 1970s that whales sing “songs” helped ignite the modern day environmental movement and he continues to advance the boundaries of science and activism over the last four decades.

The film explores Payne’s tireless and passionate fight to ban whaling — a ban which today, 20 years after an international moratorium was imposed is threatened — and follows him to his present day study of ocean pollution and his work with The Ocean Alliance. Note: Ocean Night is an all-ages event, but “A Life Among Whales” contains images which may disturb some people.

The evening includes Humboldt State University professor Dawn Goley presenting footage and discussion of the mother whale and calf that spent several weeks in the Klamath River.

Surf movies will run before and after.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m. and a raffle takes place after the second film.

Donations appreciated!

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