MOVIES! Ocean Night, Thursday, July 1, Arcata Theatre Lounge, 6:30 p.m.

The first-ever movie featuring the DC surf team and just the DC surf team. Its true that there are only three guys on the elite DC surf team. But between Bruce Irons, Dane Reynolds, and Ry Craike, who else do you even need? Combined, the crew stands at the forefront of modern progressive surfing. The boys have earned a rep as some of the best surfers on the planet, all the while keeping unique styles in and out of the water. Its those unique out-of-the-water styles that make Dude Cruise so damn interesting.

Sometimes on surf trips things can get weird with a strange brew of testosterone, cabin fever, and ale. Dude Cruise offers a look at the type of weirdness that goes down with individuals like Bruce, Dane, and Ry in the mix, plus, of course, plenty of footage of the boys surfing locations worldwide.

Dude Cruise also serves a new take on the standard surf video; you know, the atypical two-minute quick-edit parts seen in nearly every surf flick out there. Directed by Matt Beauchesne, Dude Cruise shows sessions start to finish – not just the banger clips – to offer a more realistic look at what happens when you’re just out with your friends having a good time.

It’s a frightening premise, and it’s happening right now. A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. After reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Darkening Sea,” Sven becomes obsessed with the rising acidity of the oceans and what this “sea change” bodes for mankind. His quest takes him to Alaska, California, Washington, and Norway as he uncovers a worldwide crisis that most people are unaware of.

Speaking with oceanographers, marine biologists, climatologists, and artists, Sven discovers that global warming is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish 1 billion people depend upon for their source of protein.

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