San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

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Cowell Theater
10am, 1pm, 4pm
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San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
February 27 – March 2, 2015
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center

Filmmaker Appearances
Filmmaker-audience Q&As take you behind the scenes!
Select filmmakers will appear in person on each day of the festival to talk about their films. Check out the topics and filmmakers below!

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
Ben Kneppers - Net PositivaBen Kneppers - Net Positiva (Program 5 – Saturday 4:00 pm)
This film documents Ben Kneppers and team's Net Positiva initiative, Chile's first-ever fishnet collection and recycling program that removes plastic debris from the ocean while helping create local job growth. Net Positiva supplies recycled raw materials for Bureo Inc., a start-up Ben co-founded that designs and manufactures sustainable skateboards.

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 Lost 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.



  1. Cowell Theater
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA