Filmmaker Q&A

Hear from the Filmmakers!

We're very fortunate to have nearly a dozen filmmakers in attendance at this year's festival to conduct audience Q&A sessions following the screening of their films.

Filmmaker Q&As take place each day of the festival: Friday, February 27 through Monday, March 2. Check out all the exciting topics and filmmakers below.

And be sure to get your tickets while they last!

Tracking Sharks in Northern California

Steve Shirley - Kristin OlnesKristin Sherman Olnes - Steve Shirley Shark Tagger, San Francisco Bay (Program 11 - Monday 7:00 pm)
Kristin has long been involved in education and filmmaking as well as using film as an education tool. Currently she produces short profiles of Bay Area residents pursung their unique passions through her Intrinsic Lifestyle Productions.

The Life of a Merchant Mariner

Six Months at Sea - Martin MachadoMartin Machado - Six Months at Sea in the Merchant Marine (Program 11 - Monday 7 pm)
Martin Machado spends part of every year crossing the oceans as a crew member on container ships, as well as commercial fishing in Alaska. When not at sea, Martin can be found painting in his studio in San Francisco.

Revitalizing Coral Reefs in Micronesia

The Reef - Jessica HamelJessica Hamel - The Reef (Program 9 - Sunday 4:00 pm)
Jessica Hamel is a journalist and filmmaker from Santa Cruz, California. A graduate of University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, she is passionate about finding new ways to tell stories about science and the ocean environment.

Using Clams to Clean Water in Cape Cod

The Watershed - Elise HugusElise Hugus - The Watershed (Program 9 - Sunday 4:00 pm)
Elise Hugus has contributed to print, online, and broadcast outlets in the US, Canada, and Europe, including Al Jazeera English and MSNBC. The Watershed has won three awards on the domestic and international film circuit.

Sustaining Mexico's Ecosystem and Shark Fishermen

Mexico Pelagico - Jeronimo PrietoJerónimo Prieto - México Pelágico (Program 5 - Saturday 4:00 pm)
Jeronimo Prieto has filmed and produced underwater videos for productions including Untamed Americas from National Geographic Television. This film is his first formal production. He is also founder of Pelagic Life and a professional scuba instructor.

Sustainable Mussel Farming

Mussel Man - Elvis MetcalfElvis Metcalf - Mussel Man (Program 5 - Saturday 4:00 pm)
This is Elvis Metcalf’s first venture into documentary filmmaking. She is also currently directing/producing a short comedy for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and will soon graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Reversing the Impact of Fishing Nets on the Chilean Coast

Net Positiva - Peter CamborPeter Cambor - Net Positiva (Program 5 -  Saturday 4:00 pm) Peter is best known for his work as an actor on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles. Also an avid photographer, Peter makes his directorial debut with Net Positiva. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


Making Art out of Plastic Litter in Alaska

Gyre - JJ KelleyJ.J. Kelley - Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean
(Program 3 - Saturday 10:00 am -
Panel discussion at noon)
J.J. Kelley is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker focusing on conservation and wildlife crime issues. His work has appeared on The National Geographic Channel, NOVA, Outside Television, PBS, and in The New York Times.

Recovering Fishing Gear to Protect and Sustain a Community

Lost Gear - Ken FisherKen Fisher - Lost Gear (Program 1 - Friday 4:00 pm)
Ken is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have screened on the international festival circuit and on PBS. Ken is the creative director of Truth Be Told Creative and co-founder of Story Code SF.


What Makes a Healthy Ecosystem?

OurDeepestWaters - Stephani_GordonStephani Gordon - Our Deepest Waters: Exploring Marine National Monuments in the Remote Reaches of the Pacific (Program 1 - Friday 4:00 pm)
Formerly a marine field biologist, Stephani Gordon has filmed around the world for NOAA, National Geographic, PBS, National Park Service, and other organizations. She operates her production company, Open Boat Films, out of Portland, Oregon.

A Video Poem From a Surfer's Perspective

Adam Warmington HeadshotAdam Warmington - June Gloom (Program 2 - Friday 7:00 pm)
Adam Warmington has been making films for a decade. Originally from the U.K., he came up through the ranks at Aardman Animations and the BBC, and now works as a documentary and commercials director. He now calls the Bay Area home.


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