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, 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 Thursday!

Hello, everyone! 

After you’re done marveling at the near-record highs we’ve been having along the coast this week, come join Humboldt BaykeeperOcean Conservancy and Humboldt Surfrider on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. for Ocean Night at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. We have some good news about the Marine Life Protection Act moving forward on the North Coast and a fun night of ocean-themed films for you!

First, experience Ancient Sea Turtles Stranded in the Modern World, a look at the sea turtle’s migration over thousands of miles and lasting decades before finally returning as a giant adult to the very beach where its life began, completing a cycle that has endured for 100 million years. The movie examines the many threats to ancient sea turtles: poaching, entanglement in fishing gear, destruction of nesting sites and pollution of the oceans.

Chuck DeWitt of Humboldt Baykeeper will also discuss Project Tortuga — background here.

Next up, Lost in the Ether, Andrew Kidman’s latest film focusing on particular surfboard designs, the shapers who create them and the process they undertake. Kidman says Lost In The Ether is a film for the “surfing purist,” made for surfers with a keen sense of surfing history.

Ocean Night is an all-ages event. A donation of $3 is requested at the door. Films start at 7 p.m. A raffle takes place after the second movie.

See you there!

Thank you!

Big thanks to all of those who came out to Ocean Night! If you missed it, Bird Ally X, working in conjunction with Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, did a great presentation on the summer’s oiled pelican crisis. Read all about it, starting here.

We also announced the great news that Gov. Brown signed AB 376, the bill making it illegal to sell, trade or possess shark fins! Full story here.

Do you have suggestions for the next surf movie? Let us know in the comments!

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!

Surf movie for August Ocean Night? Help!

Hey, folks! What surf movie would you like to see for our next Ocean Night, which is Thursday, Aug. 4? Need to decide ASAP!