Ocean Night: Surf flicks and a bottled water battle

“If you eliminate the scourge of bottled water, you’ll be eliminating one of the biggest problems facing our environment” – Capt. Charles Moore

This month’s Ocean Night has been moved to Saturday, Feb. 7 – mark your calendars! 

We’ll start the evening with some sexy surf action, then launch into Divide in Concord, a feature-length documentary that follows a surprisingly entertaining tale of the battle of banning bottled water in small town America.

Film synopsis:

The year was 1775 in Concord, Massachusetts when colonists fired the infamous “shot heard round the world” that began the American Revolution. One hundred years later, the work of local resident Henry David Thoreau began the environmental movement. And now, the spirit of revolution has returned to town.

Jean Hill, a fiery 84-year-old widow and mother of four, wants to ban the sale of bottled water from Concord. Her path begins when her grandson tells her about the disastrous environmental effects of the empty plastic bottles. Jean presents a bylaw to ban the sale of single-serve plastic bottles at the 2010 and 2011 Town Meetings. After losing by seven votes in 2011, she vows to continue the crusade with neighbor and Harvard Law Grad, Jill Appel.

If enacted, the law would be the first of its kind in the world. But all are not in agreement with the ban. Merchants are wary of the bylaw. Philanthropist, mother, model and celebrity publicist Adriana Cohen takes the fight to the spotlight, calling the ban an attack on freedom. With billions of dollars at stake, The International Bottled Water Association sends in the cavalry.

The town is abuzz as Patriot’s Day celebrations begin. War re-enactors take the field, cannons fire at dawn, and the parades commence. April’s Town Meeting provides the stage for Concord’s latest battle. From the town that began modern-day America and Environmentalism, springs a new Revolution.

After the film, we’ll have a Q&A with the filmmakers, followed by our Always Exciting™ raffle! 

Saturday, Feb. 7
Doors 6:30p
Films 7p
$3 donation suggested


Ocean Night: Last Rush for the Wild West

What does tar sand and oil shale mining have to do with the ocean? Think climate change. Think fracking. And then come out to see Last Rush for the Wild West: Tar Sands, Oil Shale and the American Frontier, a new film exposing how impending tar sands and oil shale mining would destroy massive, pristine landscapes in Utah and put the already imperiled Colorado River watershed at risk. It would further jeopardize drinking water quality and quantity for 36 million people downstream and increase air pollution in Salt Lake City, where air quality is already the worst in the Nation.

The health risks are staggering.

And not worth it – despite claims that tar sands and oil shale mining would create better economic conditions and lead our nation toward energy independence. American taxpayers are already subsidizing the foreign corporation pursuing the project, with millions of dollars in public funds being spent to construct the road to access the site.

Last Rush for the Wild West highlights a resolute contingent of local Utah citizens and indigenous leaders from tar sands-impacted communities in Canada, as they encourage American taxpayers and voters to stand up with them and reject this impending disaster. Last Rush for the Wild West presents Americans with a rare opportunity to activate for a critical environmental cause before it’s too late.

Meet Your Local Shapers Tonight at Ocean Night!


Fitting for the holiday season, this month’s Ocean Night addresses the “The Story of Stuff” and “The Story of Solutions” – and then moves on to the the stories of your local shapers.

On hand will be Flying Fish’s Marc McClendon, Woodfoot’s Lucas Thornton, Sean Stanley and Pete Hudson.
We’ll top things off with a showing of BoardRoom – Legends of Surfboard Shaping.

Celebrate the art of making boards, support the cool people that make them and get inspired to get local if you’re not already!

Arcata Theatre Lounge
Doors at 6:30 p.m., films at 7 p.m.
$3 donation
all ages

Brought to you by the Northcoast Environmental Center, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper.

Ocean Night, Thursday, Sept. 4: Watermark

The simple name downplays the splendor that is Watermark.

Without water we are nothing, the traveller thought. Even an emperor, denied water, would swiftly turn to dust.
 Water is the real monarch, and we are all its slaves.”
— Salman Rushdie

Every living thing requires water. We humans interact with it in a myriad of ways, numerous times a day. But how often do we consider the complexity of that interaction? And, unless confronted by scarcity, when do we meditate on its ubiquity in creating, sustaining and enriching life?

WATERMARK is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka.

We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time.

WATERMARK is directed by multiple award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, and is the third part of Burtynsky’s Water project, which includes a book Burtynsky: Water and a major photographic exhibition. Filmed and produced by Nicholas de Pencier and three years in the making, it is a logical extension of the trio’s previous collaboration,Manufactured Landscapes. In WATERMARK, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted- until it’s gone.

Thursday, Sept. 4
Doors 6:30 p.m., Films 7 p.m.
$3 donation

Ocean Night, Thursday, Aug. 7: What the Sea Gives Me (feat Matt Beard) and Angel Azul

Join the Northcoast Environmental Center, Surfrider Humboldt and Humboldt Baykeeper for Ocean Night, Thursday, Aug. 7. This month, two amazing films!



Doors at 6:30 p.m., films at 7 p.m.

$3 donation, raffle!

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.

Saturday, March 8th is Ocean Night at Arcata Theatre Lounge featuring A Deeper Shade of Blue (2011) & Exploring Humboldt.

Saturday, March 14th is Ocean Night at Arcata Theatre Lounge featuring A Deeper Shade of Blue (2011) & Exploring Humboldt.

Master surf film maker Jack McCoy ventures into a new realm with his latest breakout feature, A DEEPER SHADE OF BLUE. This is not a surf movie, it is a film about surfing’s deepest roots: in the subconscious; in ancient lore; in the craft of surfboard building; in man’s perpetual quest for a joyful relationship with the natural world. In eleven interwoven chapters, today’s leading surfers are linked to those who came before, for a deeper appreciation of what it means to be a surfer and the soulful underlying power of modern surf culture. This is a big picture of a memorable story, beautifully told. It is a film about feeling good to be alive…and it will make you feel good.

Exploring Humboldt is a pilot episode produced by KEET Eureka and directed by Humboldt State University Alumni Acey Aseltine. Our hope for this project is to continue to produce new stories with the help and support of our local community. The program features segments on the Arcata Marsh, Trinidad bay, and the Lost Coast.