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Earth Day Screening: 7 Films

  • University of San Francisco, Cowell Hall 2130 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA, 94117 United States (map)

The International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) is partnering with the University of San Francisco (USF) Department of Environmental Studies to present a free Earth Day screening on Thursday, April 27!

See seven films from the 14th Annual IOFF (listed below). It's all happening:

Thursday, April 27
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cowell Hall, Room 107, USF
2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco

It's free to attend, but be sure to register.

Screening seven films

We'll be screening these films from the 14th Annual IOFF that took place in March 2017.

@415Plumber's #OB_Plastic Obsession (USA), Jeff den Broeder, 7 min

Grabbing a few rays at the beach could get you stuck by a used needle, though it rarely leads to a lifelong environmental preoccupation. But that’s what happened to Aaron, a plumber who now spends a couple of hours a day scouring San Francisco’s Ocean Beach for plastic — dolls’ arms, key rings, animals, and soldiers. He works alone, enjoying the meditative silence.

Watch the trailer.

Imperative Shift: Fukushima, Tip of the Iceberg (USA), Yoko Kubota, 14 min

The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident occurred on March 11, 2011. Exactly six years later, IOFF screens this film about the effects and consequences of the accident and the continued use of nuclear energy. Fukushima residents and research scientists present their views of the impacts of the accident and caution us about the consequences of nuclear energy.

Watch the trailer.

Making of Anthropomorcene (USA), Chris Jones, 2 min

We have so influenced the world’s climate and environment — in the process plasticizing the entire biosphere, including our bodies — that it only makes sense to name our geological age after our very own clever selves. Something to be proud of, right? Well, maybe not.

The Hama Hama Way (USA), Treva Wurmfeld, 12 min

Along the mudflats of the Hama Hama River on the Olympic Peninsula, Adam and Lisa James are among the new generation of oyster farmers that are taking a different approach to raising the prized mollusk

Appetite for Invasives (USA), Emily Driscoll, Nancy Rosenthal & Gaelin Rosenwaks 6 min

You’ll need an adventurous spirit and an appetite for the unusual to dine here. Follow exotic food chef Gene Ruurka as he transforms invasive species like the venomous lionfish and Asian carp into recipes served at the Explorer’s Club 112th Annual Dinner.

Why Just One? (USA) Michael Colin, 55 min

In the 1980s Costa Rica elected to conserve, rather than consume, its natural resources. Now a legal loophole that shields black market poachers who decimate endangered sea turtle eggs compromises its reputation as a model for enlightened policy.  A young conservationist's murder spurs Sea Shepherd to take on the racketeers. Human and turtles' lives hang in the balance.

Watch the trailer.

The Super Salmon (USA), Ryan Peterson, 25 min 2017 DIRECTOR’S AWARD

Ah, the salmon! Perhaps the most famous of all fish, best known for its healthy omega-three nutrients, but do people realize what is at stake for salmon to survive in the wilderness? With a gorgeous Alaskan backdrop, follow one amazing salmon on his long journey up the Sustina River, only to run into a government proposed dam, threatening its livelihood. Along the way meet those who are helping protect both their way of life and the salmon’s as well.


Top photo is from The Super Salmon, directed by Ryan Peterson, who won the 2017 IOFF Director's Award

Earlier Event: April 26
Screening: Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
Later Event: June 5
Screening: Chasing Coral