International Ocean Film Tour
Swim among seething schools of sharks, ride the waves with daredevil surfers, chase poachers across international waters and connect the world musically with the Sailing Conductors. Eco-activist Henry Lystad (formerly MountainFilm Tour Director) presents an exclusive evening of wonder, adventure and activism on the high seas.
ABOUT THE FILMS
Born on the island of La Réunion, Julie Gautier grew up as a child of the ocean. Free diving and spearfishing became second nature to her but her passion lies in the creative process—as an award-winning filmmaker and dancer. Fusing free diving and dance, Gautier leads us into a new territory of ocean life. Julie is Gautier’s powerful story of finding her creative voice beneath the surface.
When Laurent Ballesta was a little kid, he didn’t play cowboys and Indians—he dreamed of an adventurous life like his big role model: Jacques Cousteau, pioneer of oceanic exploration and marine filmmaker of the first hour. A dream come true: Today Ballesta is not only a marine biologist but one of the most renowned wildlife photographers worldwide. In 700 Sharks the Frenchman takes us along to the Pacific atoll Fakarava, where he has been studying the hunting behavior of great reef sharks for four years.
Chasing the Thunder—Ocean Warriors
The illegal fishing trawler Thunder was making dirty millions for ten years—until the ocean activists of Sea Shepherd caught sight of it. For more than 10,000 miles, the Sea Shepherd vessels, the Bob Barker and the Sam Simon, chase the poachers across international waters to put a stop to the killing of protected wildlife. Chasing the Thunder is a real-life thriller in rough seas—an epic 110-day chase across three oceans and two seas in which an international crew and two fearless captains proof that conviction and resilience can make a difference where governments fail.
Andy Irons—Kissed by God
The life of Andy Irons reads like the surfer’s version of the American dream. Growing up in a struggling working class family in Hawaii, Irons exhibited a talent for riding waves that was discovered early on and catapulted him into an unprecedented career. In Kissed By God, we meet one of surfing’s all-time greats, a man who would change the sport forever but never managed to escape his own worst enemy in life and on the board—himself.
Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story
Lisa Andersen is one of surfing’s few transcendent stars. Four-time world champ, first woman on the cover of Surfer, six-time Surfer of the Year and inductee into the Surfer Hall of Fame. She is a bona fide surf icon—except this is not a story about surfing, or not really. It is the story of chasing dreams and their consequences. The story of a woman brave enough to be vulnerable.
Watch out for brain freeze. Amidst a blustery winter storm, the waves on Lake Superior are just right for Dan Schetter. Dodging sheets of ice, he launches in the water with abandon to do what saved his life: surf. Nothing clears the head like a plunge into cold water—precisely what’s needed when you want to leave your drinking habits behind. A sober Surfer Dan introduces us to his drug and remedy, proving that a real surfer needs no palm trees, no tan lines, and—most importantly—no excuses.
Two music aficionados sail the world and start to listen: After graduating with a degree, the sound engineers Hannes and Ben want to see the world—and they find their perfect travel companion in Marianne: With this 9-meter sailing boat and no experience to speak of, the “Sailing Conductors” embark on a life-changing journey from Sydney to Berlin—with plenty of detours and stopovers on the way. In four and a half years Hannes and Ben call at ports in 31 countries. Their goal is to record as many local musicians as they can and connect all of them through music. On tape, the Sailing Conductors introduce people from across the globe, who have never met one another in real life. This sailing adventure has not only a unique soundtrack, it will also kindle everyone’s wanderlust.
Part of SHIFT: Across the globe, humans struggle to find balance in our relationship with nature. How can a quest for dominance transform into a sustainable collaboration? In SHIFT 2019, artists take on the Anthropocene with 10 days of events that explore the push and pull of that Human/Nature bond.