Nature as Inspiration: SONIC SEA

| 2016 | 56 mins | | , , ,
Daniel Hinerfeld, Michelle Dougherty

Thursday May 26, 2016

$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Daniel Hinerfeld, Michelle Dougherty

Narrated by Rachel McAdams

Featuring Sting and Jean-Michel Cousteau

Opening Reception to Festival in MV Film Center lobby begins at 6:30 PM

Post screening Q&A with:
Laela Sayigh (WHOI), Patrick Ramage (IFAW), Joel Reynolds (NRDC)

A documentary about the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. The film explores the critical role of sound in the sea, and the sudden, dramatic changes human activity is inflicting on the ocean’s delicate acoustic habitat — changes that threaten the ability of whales and other marine animals to prosper, to function, and ultimately, to survive.

Our ocean is a symphony — and we’re destroying it … with sound.

SONIC SEA will be preceded by the 17 minute short film OCEAN STORIES: WYLAND

Energetic, charismatic, and creative, Wyland is best known for his 100 life-size whale murals found on walls and buildings around the world. The extent of Wyland’s public artwork, his galleries, and his community service projects have made him one of the most recognized artists in the world.
Our Q&A Guests:
LAELA SAYIGH (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute)
Laela Sayigh, Ph.D. is a Research Specialist in the Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in Woods Hole, MA. Her research focuses on cetacean social behavior and communication. Her current projects focus on a wide range of species, including blue whales, fin whales, pilot whales, and bottlenose  dolphins, and are both applied (e.g., looking at effects of anthropogenic noise on calling behavior) and basic (e.g., looking at call structure and function).

PATRICK RAMAGE (Whales Program Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare)
As whales program director, Patrick leads IFAW’s efforts to protect our planet’s great whales from commercial whaling and other threats they face worldwide.Patrick has worked on international environmental issues for more than two decades and has led IFAW delegations to more than a dozen International Whaling Commission meetings. He has also served as an accredited representative to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, the U.N. Conference on Population and Development, the World Trade Organization and the Arctic Council.Patrick is a frequently quoted conservation advocate, speaks regularly before media, government, corporate and university audiences, and has testified before the United States House Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources Committees.

JOEL REYNOLDS ( Western Director and Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council)
Joel is a widely recognized environmental litigator who took on the US Navy over its use of sonar, fighting all the way to the US Supreme Court. He has led numerous successful campaigns including those to protect the gray whale birthing lagoon and World Heritage Site at Laguna San Ignacio in Baja, CA, to reduce ocean noise pollution, to protect the popular California State Park at San Onofre and most recently, to stop the Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska. He has twice been selected to California Lawyer of the Year in the environmental category.

“If you have not seen this movie, you must see it! I did not realize how much the noise in our ocean affects whales and other larger marine mammals.”                            --365 Days of Graceful Living

WYLAND at work

Marine Life Artist Wyland

Laela Sayigh in the field

Laela Sayigh working in "the field"


Patrick Ramage (IFAW)


Joel Reynolds (NRDC)

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