Seals of La Jolla Harbor
Ramy Hassan, 7 min, USA
For years, sun and surf seekers have used this small beach in La Jolla. For even longer, harbor seals have hauled out on the same beach. It seems, now, that one group feels it has the ordained and exclusive right to that beach. This film speaks for the group that can't speak for itself.
Wind Over Water
Ole Tangen, Jr., 32 min, USA
To help meet the growing demand for sources of renewable energy, the nation's first offshore wind farm is planned for the waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Many local inhabitants, including erstwhile environmentalists, faced with an eyesore spoiling their pristine view of the ocean are contesting fervently. Hear all sides of the debate. ?" KH
A Life with Skulls
Beth Cataldo, 30 min, USA
With over 7,000 in his collection, including 1700 from California sea lions, Ray Bandar has been collecting skulls since 1953. Inspired by the artistry of Georgia O'Keefe and Henry Moore, Ray and his wife, Alkmene, have a basement filled with skulls' from anteaters to elephants – discovered on the road, along the shore, and in the zoo. He's an invaluable resource for the California Academy of Sciences. ?" JC
Jacques Cousteau: Above the Ocean
Tom Miller, 4 min, USA
Here's a comedic look at Pascale, a diver from the Calypso dive boat, who is sent ashore to bring back some Christmas toast for the crew. Join him as he makes himself at home in an urban apartment kitchen he has spotted from shore. ?" JC
Killers in Eden
Klaus Toft, 53 min, Australia
From Grizzly Man to Of Penguins and Men (SFOFF 2006), filmmakers have been fascinated with inter-species communication. Whalers who lived in Eden on the southern coast of Australia nearly a hundred years ago knew something about that communication. This film dramatically revisits a time when orcas and men hunted together.