International OCEAN FILM TOUR Vol. 7 - Cast off! An exploration on and under the surface of the Seven Seas.
Ocean adventure on the big screen: The Int. OCEAN FILM TOUR brings the beauty and fascination of the deep blue seas to a city near you. Be inspired by our program of five to seven short films with a total running time of about two hours. The program sets sail with unstoppable surfer Bethany Hamilton (the face of this year's tour) and a history-making sailing adventure onboard. The focus is on spectacular water sports, fostering community, and as always, the protection of our oceans. The gripping portrait of marine cinematographer Mike deGruy shows a life devoted to nature and the determination to fight tirelessly for its protection.
The Int. OCEAN FILM TOUR Vol. 7 will premiere in Germany at the beginning of March 2020 and then embark on an extensive journey through 13 countries with over 200 events. Including the supporting program, such as moderation and competitions, each event lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours. In many cities, the Int. OCEAN FILM TOUR is accompanied by environmental protection organizations and activists who provide information about what each person can do to protect our oceans and its inhabitants.
TOUR START: 3 MARCH 2020, LAEISZHALLE HAMBURG
THIS IS FOR YOU, OCEAN LOVERS:
UK 2018 / Protagonists: Tracy Edwards MBE, Jo Gooding, The MAIDEN Crew / Direction: Alex Holmes
The skipper Tracy Edwards has a big dream but no crew and no boat – tiny problems compared to the chilly head wind and open machismo the 26-year-old Englishwoman is met with by the male dominated sailing scene of the 1980s.
On September 2nd, 1989 time is up: Edwards enters the prestigious Whitbread Round the World Race with her boat Maiden and history’s first all-female crew. The ridicule by the press and their opponents soon turns into disbelief as Edwards wins the second leg of the race in her class. MAIDEN tells the singular story of a pioneering voyage – 33,000 nautical miles towards equality.
USA 2019 / Protagonist: Bethany Hamilton / Direction: Aaron Lieber
„In the ocean I can just be me,“ says Bethany Hamilton. Those familiar with her story will find this remark deeply ironic – simply because the ocean stood to rob her of everything, when Hamilton was just 13 years old. A budding talent on the Hawaiian surf scene, Hamilton is attacked by a tiger shark, instantaneously losing her left arm. What would have been the end of a promising career in surfing for anybody else, marks the starting point of Bethany Hamilton’s tour de force in the sport she so loves. UNSTOPPABLE is the story of an ocean lover, who defies the card life has dealt her with exceptional will power and athletic prowess, turning herself into one of the most celebrated and prolific female surfers on the planet.
USA 2019 / Protagonist: Mike deGruy / Direction: Mimi Armstrong deGruy
A guy like Mike deGruy had to be born in a place like Mobile, Alabama. Here, where five rivers meet the ocean, his fascination for water and all life within it became obvious at an early age – as did his unbridled energy and will to explore. After finishing a degree in marine biology deGruy found a camera or rather it found him, sending him on his life’s trajectory of ocean exploration and education. deGruy became one of the most prolific and skilled ocean cinematographers, a fierce advocate for ocean protection and a principal witness of the oceans’ precarious state. DIVING DEEP is not only a tribute to deGruy’s life but also a celebration of the principal emotion deGruy exuded and still elicits in all his work – a sense of wonder.
South Africa 2020 / Protagonists: Ian & Lee Armstrong / Direction: Arthur Neumeier
This South African surfing family lives a life not many would deem conventional. Ian is a provider, shaper, Big Wave surfer and above all else, a father. Him, his wife Lee and their eight children and one grandson redefine what is “normal” and challenge the perspective of modern family values. The Armstrongs share strong bonds with each other and the ocean; making a point of placing well-being, unity, love and a genuine connection with nature above financial gain and status. This is their story.
USA 2018 / Protagonists: Dean Marion, Lindsey Mercer / Direction: Caitlyn Greene
Dean is passionate about three things: Waves, breakfast and the Queen of Rap, Rihanna. And like any surfing teenager, he can think of nothing better than spending a day in the waves: “I’m like a human fish. In the water, it’s like I don’t have Down’s anymore.” DEAN GOES SURFING is a celebration of life by the beach and a testament to the ocean’s power to unite people with all kinds of abilities.
The International OCEAN FILM TOUR is a production of Moving Adventures Medien GmbH.
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