The Coast and Ocean Film and Lecture series began as part of the America's Cup Healthy Ocean Project, but has become an established program with The Bay Institute and Aquarium. It features internationally known speakers such as Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jean Michel Cousteau, the direbuctors of several oceanographic institutions (Scripps, Woods Hole, Hopkins), film directors, authors, former Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Editor of Science Magazine, and others. Topics have included marine protected areas, fisheries, water quality, climate change, marine archaeology, women in ocean science, ocean myths, marine trash, whale conservation and others. Your support will go a long way to helping us maintain this outstanding series.
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Past Film and Lecture Series Events
How Saving San Bruno Mountain Saved the Bay: An Insider's View
Join David Nelson to learn about a citizen led effort to stop a major San Francisco Bay fill project called New Manhattan; San Bruno Mountain would have been used as the source of the fill. The protection of San Bruno Mountain saved five plants that exist nowhere else on earth. Our speaker will explain how science prevailed to preserve magnificent Bay Area terrestrial and wetland habitats.
Sea Otters: How Lawsuits and Oil Spills Have Replaced Spears and Guns
Join Kim Steinhardt for an eye-opening photographic journey through southern sea otter history, habitat, and current litigation. Part art, part science, part law, this evening will leave you witn a better understanding of how efforts to "manage" the ocean can create clashes between law, science, and ocean stewardship. The survival of 3,300 southern sea otters–and more– hangs in the balance.
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
Join author and marine conservationist Jonathan White as he introduces his new book, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean. White’s adventurous book documents his travels to five continents over twenty years to experience the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world. His presentation will include photos and videos from his travels.
Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise, and the California Coast
Climate is changing, sea levels are rising – and the California coast is in the way. Join Dr. Gary Griggs as he discusses the impacts of rising sea levels including coastal flooding, increased rates of shoreline retreat, and coastal erosion. This telling presentation will also provide compelling evidence of the challenges we face as we brace for the impact of both short- and long-term sea level rise.
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Deep
Recovery of Channel Islands Marine Reserves
At depths up to 2,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface researchers are unlocking mysteries of the deep, viewing areas largely unexplored by any human. Join us as we premiere spectacular new footage of California’s ocean wilderness, taken from a robotic submarine well below diver depths. Dirk Rosen, ocean engineer and founder of Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) will provide a window to the waters of the marine reserves off the California coast.
Marine Protected Area
Protecting Resources Around the World and In Our Own Backyard
Come on a fantastic journey visiting marine protected areas around the world through a stunning visual production. Led by Liz Taylor of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, we will learn about new “hope spots” that require our protection and we’ll explore the technology we use to view them, from SCUBA, remote vehicles and submarines.
Lost Ships of the Farallones
Join marine archeologist James Delgado as he takes us on a tour of some of the most amazing shipwrecks discovered by NOAA over the past three years in the waters of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Lying just outside the Golden Gate, this sanctuary is a haven for marine life and is an undersea museum featuring some 400 shipwrecks. Jim’s presentation will highlight the discovery of the wreck sites of the clipper ship Noonday, the steamers Slja and Ituna, and the recently announced find of USS Conestoga. The discovery of Conestoga solved a 95-year old mystery about what happened to a US Navy tug that sailed for Hawaii from Mare Island with 56 men, only to never arrive, sparking a massive search that ended in failure.
"It Ain't Pretty" - Film by Dayla Soul
Dayla Soul, Director and longtime surfer, will join The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay to show her new film, “It Ain’t Pretty.” This inspiring film features female surfers who ride the powerful waves off San Francisco’s Ocean Beach and some who venture out to big wave spots such as the world-famous Maverick’s off Half Moon Bay, CA. The showing will be followed by a discussion with Dayla and some of the surfers featured in the film.
One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits
Adam Skolnick's book "ONE BREATH: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits," reveals the captivating world of elite freedivers addicted to the buzz that comes from tempting their own fate. Join Adam Skolnick as he discussed his book, freediving, marine plastic pollution, and the tantalizing thrill of exploring the unknown, with Francesca Koe (a multi-agency dive instructor and performance freediving international safety supervisor), and The Bay Institute's Brian Baird.
Parrots, Pelicans, and People: Oh My!
Judy Irving, director of documentary films The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill andPelican Dreams, will join The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay to look into the lives of parrots, pelicans, people, and other creatures as they struggle to survive in both urban and wild environments. The evening will include clips from her films, a discussion with The Bay Institute’s Brian Baird, an audience question-and-answer period, and more.
Sharks of the Bay
Sustainable Seafood and Marine Protected Areas
White sharks visit and feed in San Francisco Bay. The recent spectacular sighting near Alcatraz Island has been covered extensively in the news, but did you know that over 7 other shark species regularly feed, breed, and inhabit the Bay? Join shark experts Michael Grassmann (Aquarium of the Bay) and David McGuire (Shark Stewards) for discussion about the sharks of the Bay based on the most up-to-date science from shark tagging and other scientific studies. Learn the myths and realities about local sharks and why they play a critical role in the Bay and ocean ecosystem.
Success Stories for California Marine Life
Sustainable Seafood and Marine Protected Areas
We often hear about the real problems of overfishing, habitat loss, and other impacts to fisheries which affect seafood supply and the ecosystem. This evening will focus on a number of good-news stories about marine protected areas, seafood programs, and other innovative ways to protect our ocean resources while feeding seafood eaters along the West Coast.
A film about saving the Ocean and the Planet
REVOLUTION is a film about changing the world, going for it, taking a stand, and fighting for something. A true-life adventure following Director, Rob Stewart (SHARKWATER) for over four years and 15 countries discovering there is a lot more than sharks at risk of becoming extinct. Climate change, environmental degradation, species loss, ocean acidification, pollution, and food/water scarcity are reducing the earth's capacity for nature and humans to coexist.
View the film trailer here.
Please join Aquarium of the Bay, The Bay Institute, the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, and other partners for the first San Francisco screening of the award-winning film, The Breach
The Breach features fishing guide and filmmaker Mark Titus embarking on a journey to discover where the native populations of Pacific Northwest salmon have gone, and what might bring them back. This insightful documentary is highly relevant to the current challenges we are facing maintaining salmon populations in California. This must-see film will be followed by an expert panel discussion featuring Mark Titus, director of The Breach, Alannah Hurley, Director of United Tribes for Bristol Bay, and Zeke Grader, fisheries expert from the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association.
Thursday, September 18
"Plastic Planet" features insights from the voyages of the 5 Gyres Institute
Saturday, September 13
Kip Evans Discusses 17 Days on the Bottom of the Ocean
Tuesday, August 12
Mission Blue Advanced Screening with Q&A by Dr. Sylvia Earle
Tuesday, August 5
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols: A Talk About His New Book, Blue Mind (at Bay Model)
Wednesday, July 23
Award-Winning Angel Azul Screening: A Documentary by Marcelina Carat
Thursday, June 26
"Melting Ice, Rising Seas, and Shifting Shorelines: The New Normal."
Thursday, June 12
"Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman's Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific."
Saturday, May 31
Peter Benchley Ocean Awards
The Bay to Sea Symposium
Tuesday, May 13
Orca: The Whale Called Killer
Thursday, April 24
Lost Ships of San Francisco
Wednesday, March 26
Voyage to the Bottom of the Bay
Thursday, March 20
The Extreme Life of the Sea
Thursday, February 27
San Francisco Bay Trail, 25th Anniversary Celebration
Monday, February 3
Documentary: Rebels With a Cause
Thursday, Jan 16
Pelican Dreams Screening
*Unless otherwise noted
The Bay Planning Coalition Workshop: The Bay Forward (Ocean Planning Workshop)