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Tacoma Ocean Film Fest
June 16 @ 7:00 pm - June 17 @ 9:00 pm
Two nights of ocean film, from adventure to protection to soul. Turtles, kayaks, devastating plastic, inspiring communities. Join us for the first-ever Tacoma Ocean Film Fest.
Held in partnership with the International Ocean Film Fest and The Grand Cinema, this festival celebrates ocean film from around the world and right here at home. Capacity limited. $11 adults/$9 concession/free for Tacoma students (at the door).
7-9pm June 16: OCEAN SOUL
Indigenous Guardians – Nia Tero
Three shorts – Tracy Rector (local)
All living beings are related by the basic needs of fresh air, pure water, clean ocean, and a sustainable land. In three shorts, indigenous filmmaker Tracy Rector dives into the implications of this: “Changers Land” recognizes that we are only stewards of our land; “Geoduck” shows the balance and respect of tribal harvesting; and “Shell No” shows how we need to protect the rights of all species to thrive.
Decision – Ken Campbell (local)
A team of volunteers travels from South Puget Sound to a remote Alaska island to clean up and study plastic ocean trash in this stunning wilderness.
Aurora – Emilio José Alvárez García (International Ocean Film Festival)
Follow a young volunteer in a marine turtle conservation program in Quintana Roo along the Mexican Caribbean, as she helps protect nests and newborns.
Guardians of the Turtles – Naman Govil (International Ocean Film Festival)
A tiny fishing community on India’s west coast comes together to deal with the effects of climate change, ghost fishing and plastic pollution on their existence – and that of the baby turtles nearby.
The Green Wave: Tahiti – Bouvet Emmanuel (International Ocean Film Festival)
Surfers and fisherfolk come together to help protect Moorea’s local reefs, creating coral gardens and a green economy.
PLUS: Q&A with PNW filmmaker and paddler Ken Campbell
7-9pm June 17: OCEAN LOCAL
Our Underwater Backyard, Edmonds Underwater Park – Annie Crawley (local)
Annie Crawley is an award-winning underwater storyteller. Together with her youth dive team, she lifts the veil on what lies just offshore Edmonds beach.
Selected shorts – Ocean Fest Youth Story Contest winners (local)
Top finalist and winning films by Tacoma high and middle school youth, some of whom will be present.
Spawning Grounds – Nils Cowan & Tracy Rector (local)
In an effort to save a rare native salmon in one of America’s only Urban Wildlife Refuges, a community of scientists, landowners, elected officials and Tribal leaders bands together around science and Indigenous knowledge.
PLUS: Q&A with Annie Crawley, Nils Cowan, Kokanee protectors McKenna Sweet Dorman and Perry Falcone, and local youth