St John’s


Lophelia II

Lophelia II: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks

23:30 min
Filmmakers: Peter J Etnoyer, PhD – NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

A scientific team sets out to explore natural and artificial reefs in the deep Gulf of Mexico using remotely operated vehicles equipped with hi-definition video cameras and other sampling gear. The scientists are part of a four-year collaborative study in search of deep-sea corals, including the reef-forming Lophelia pertusa. They explore the ocean to 2300 meters depth, finding and collecting Lophelia coral in relict and active chemosynthetic cold-seep environments, on oil rigs, and World War II shipwrecks ranging from 300-800 meters depth. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurs in the third year of the study, demanding a rapid response to assess reef condition 300-1500 meters below the surface slick.
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Windy People, Dynamic Landscapes

5:48 min
Filmmaker: Elizabeth Bloomhardt Doran, John Gunnell, Justin Ridge, Kriti Sharma – Duke University; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina’s Outer Banks have experienced dramatic changes over the past century. We explore this process from the perspectives of those who study these changes and those that are living them. Witness how active these islands are as well as the adaptability of the people who have come to call the Outer Banks home. This film is a product of the Scientists with Stories project team.

Scientists with Stories website

“The Scientists with Stories Project started as an idea, formulated by students frustrated by the chasm between scientists and the public. This idea has been implemented on the small scale. Its goal, however, is nationally relevant: empower the next generation of scientists to not simply distill facts but share the wonder and relevance of science beyond the ivory tower. Audio, photography, and web video lend themselves to narrative structure and public dissemination. In collaboration with my peers, I propose an instructional initiative for STEM curricula, one that empowers students to master digital media, share research through narrative, serve community needs, and collaborate across disciplines.”

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Natural Treasures of Bonaire

8:07 min
Filmmaker: Esther Wolfs, WKICS BV, Sabadeco West 230, Santa Barbara, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

This documentary demonstrates in an easy accessible way the results of the socio-economic valuation study of the ecosystem services of Bonaire (TEEB Bonaire). In this study, more than 10 different ecosystem services have been valued in monetary terms. The total economic value (TEV) of the ecosystem services provided by the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Bonaire is $100 million per year. The film shows the beneficiaries of the ecosystem services and what kind of monetary and non-monetary value they attribute to these services, especially the services of the unique coral reef of Bonaire.

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Off the Hook

8:33 min.
Director: Kevin Moynihan
Ecology Action Centre Film on Community-Supported Fisheries

“Off the Hook” is an eight-minute documentary shot on location in the Bay of Fundy which features the Community Supported Fishery project called “Off the Hook” which partners fish harvesters and consumers. “What we are trying to create is a different kind of market for high quality fish that is fairly caught”, says Beau Gillis, the fish harvester featured in the documentary.

Beau and his fish harvester partners are bottom long-line fishers who don’t drag for fish but who use the age-old baited hook and line technique that does not destroy fish habitat and which results in a much higher quality catch preferred by the three hundred members of this co-operative who come to the Halifax Market on a Saturday to buy fish that was caught that week. “We really like meeting the people who eat our fish”, says Beau as he teaches the member consumers how to properly fillet a haddock.

“What “Off the Hook” does is flip fish harvesters from being price takers to price setters”, says project manager, Dave Adler of the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax.

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100 Mile Seafood Diet

16 min
Filmmaker: Anne Troake

“promotes dialogue about ways to build a diet heavily reliant on food from the sea around Newfoundland and Labrador, including both traditional and contemporary uses”

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57 Degrees North

14:07 min
Filmmaker: Nick Jones

“A poignant insight into the traditional island lifestyle of John Jo MacDonald; a 67 year old lobster fisherman who has worked the sea off the remote island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides his whole life.”
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Filmmaker: Jack Soucy

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