Wednesday is Earth Day, and as part
of the celebration, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council will be presenting a
new documentary film on climate change and the ocean. Environmental film fans will
also be treated to a film festival this weekend at Kodiak College,
held in conjunction with Whale Fest Kodiak 2009.
Part of a series of film screenings throughout
Alaskan communities sponsored by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, "A Sea
Change," produced by Niijii Films, explores the topic of ocean acidification.
Theresa Peterson, Kodiak outreach coordinator for AMCC, said the film combines a
scientific perspective on ocean acidification with the personal story of a retired
Norwegian educator who travels from Norway
to Iceland to Alaska in search of
cutting-edge ocean research.
-- (Peterson 1 45 sec. "It's the first documentary ... scientists around the world.")
describes the one-and-a-half hour film as an activist film. She said she hopes
it helps open peoples' eyes to the problem of ocean acidification, reducing
carbon emissions into our oceans and inspires people to take action and change
-- (Peterson 2 55 sec. "I find it comparable to ... and start making some changes.")
addition to the screening, the Alaska Ocean Film Festival, featuring 10 short
films focusing on our relationships with the sea will take place this Saturday.
The festival is sponsored by the Alaska
Center for the Environment.
Mark Schreiter, Professor of History and Humanities at Kodiak College
is helping organize the annual event. He said the program of films covers a
wide range of topics, from polar bears, sharks and sea slugs, to tides,
seasickness and surfers. Schreiter highlighted two films he thought would be of
particular interest to local viewers, including the festivals featured film on
the proposed Pebble Mine.
-- (Schreiter 1 45 sec. "There's also a film titled ... on them and their livelihood.")
The screening of
"A Sea Change," which will also be shown later in the week at the San Francisco
International Film Festival, will be held on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in
the Kodiak High School choral pod. A question and
answer session will follow. The Alaska Ocean Film Festival takes place Saturday
from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kodiak
College. "A Sea Change"
and the film festival are both free and open to the public.