Category Archives: Films

Hawaii: Climate Wipeout

Hawaii. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


A new video series that depicts Americans living on the front lines of climate change zooms in on one of our favorite vacation spots.

The sea-level rise that comes along with climate change won’t only swallow far-flung, exotic islands such as Kirabiti and the Maldives. The rising waters, fueled by melting icecaps, will also inundate our fiftieth state, the land of Hawaiians…

Read Full Article And Watch Video, One Earth / NRDC

Scientists Urge Shoreline Retreat From Hawaii’s Eroding Beaches, EE News
Sea-level rise is a significant factor in the major shoreline change underway in Hawaii, where 52 to 72 percent of beaches on the chain of islands have eroded over the past century.

70 Percent of Beaches Eroding On Hawaiian Islands Kauai, Oahu, and Maui, USGS (Uploaded 05-08-2012)

Living on the shores of Hawaii: natural hazards, the environment, and our communities, A book by Chip Fletcher; Robynne Boyd, William J. Neal and Virginia Tice.
“Living on the shores of Hawaii: natural hazards, the environment, and our communities” addresses a wide range of environmental concerns within the context of sustainability and their influence on the future of Hawaii…

“The Beaches Are Moving,” Video
World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey takes us to the beach and explains why erosion has become a problem…

Pacific Ocean Garbage Swirls Predictably, A Video

Floating marine debris collection, seen from below. Photo source: NOAA


The ‘Pacific Garbage Patch’, including debris from the 2011 Japanese Tsunami, travels in seasonal patterns. Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team’s (COASST) executive direct Julia Parrish explains the patterns and how her organization is helping to mitigate the problem…

View Video And Read Full Article, LiveScience

Plastic ‘Trash Islands’ Forming In Ocean Garbage Patch; Moore Live Webcast July 20th, LiveScience (07-19-2014)
In 1997, Capt. Charles Moore was guiding his boat through the doldrums when he noticed some plastic debris floating in the water. Now, 15 years later Moore has returned to the garbage patch, along with five other people, to track its extent once again and study its impact on marine life.

When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care

Chris Jordan Photography
“© Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009),” from the Midway Series. Photograph courtesy of © Chris Jordan for Coastal Care’s Photo Of The Month, August 2010.

“Rediscovering The Shore”

A video uploaded June 15th, 2014 on Youtube

A conversation between professors and authors, Ole Mouritsen, Professor of Gastrophysics, and John R. Gillis, Rutgers University Professor Emeritus of History.

Ole Mouritsen is a Professor of Gastrophysics at the University of Southern Denmark. He is author of Seaweeds, edible, available, and sustainable (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste (University of Columbia Press, 2014).

Learn More, John R. Gillis

The Human Shore: Seacoasts In History
In his new book, “The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History” published by University of Chicago Press, November 2012, historian John R. Gillis explores the deep history of seacoasts, the original home of humankind.

The Coastal Consciousness of John Gillis, The Chronicle Of Higher Education

The Aloha Project, A Video

© The Aloha Project, by Ryan Moss, Published on Youtube May 20th, 2014.


Most of us can only imagine what life on an island feels like. Ryan Moss, a lover of nature, photographer and filmmaker, knows. And he wants to share that feeling with the world.

Inspired to make a video that pays homage to the people he met in Hawaii who are committed to an outdoor lifestyle and preserving the land, Moss gathered footage he filmed over the years…

Yes, even in a world as naturally beautiful as Hawaii, it takes a conscious effort to keep it healthy and protected…

Read Full Article, Huffington Green

Ryan Moss

Featured image by © SAF — Coastal Care

Mining For Smartphones – “Coast, Coral and Community,” A Documentary Series

Film 2: Mining For Smartphones – “Coast, Coral and Community”

A © Friends Of The Earth Video (4.09mn); Published on Vimeo, 2012.

Mining For Smartphones: “The Tin Mines of Bangka Island”, Indonesia is a three-part documentary series produced by © Friends of the Earth.

The Film 2: Mining For Smartphones – “Coast, Coral and Community” highlights the social and environmental effects of sea bed tin mining on the coasts and Island of Bangka, Indonesia…

“Tin mining is taking its toll on the island’s coastline, damaging mangrove forests that help protect it from tropical storms and big waves.”

“The films highlight the devastating impact of tin mining on the paradise islands of Bangka in Indonesia. Friends of the Earth is calling on major international mobile phone manufacturers to take responsibility for the local and wider environmental and social impacts of the materials used in their products. We want them to make their products better. And we need your help to make it happen.”—© Friends Of The Earth.

WATCH: Film 1: “The Tin Mines of Bangka Island,”; by ©Friends Of The Earth

WATCH: Film 3: “Mining For Smartphones – “The True Cost of Tin” “; by ©Friends Of The Earth

VIEW: “Mining for mobiles, Devastation in Indonesia,” A Photo Gallery by © Friends Of The Earth.

“Tin Mining On Bangka Island Of Indonesia “, View Images And Read Full Article, Guardian UK
A remote island of the Indonesian archipelago is being stripped off its forests and dug up for tin used in millions of mobile phones, tablets and laptops. The mining is often illegal and hazardous and yet few of the leading brands have control over where the tin is sourced from and how it is affecting nature and people who mine it…

Mining For Smartphones: Devastation In Indonesia, Bangka Islands; by Friends Of The Earth (11-24-2012)

Exploring Deep Sea Volcanoes off the Coast of Barbados: An Artist’s Perspective

Volcanoes, batik on silk, 4′ x 4.’ Image courtesy of © Mary Edna Fraser.

By Celie Dailey;

Mary Edna Fraser, an artist known for her large-scale batiks on silk and illustrations of geology and geography, was invited on the Research Vessel Atlantis by Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover, chair of the Division of Marine Science and Conservation & director of the Marine Lab of Duke University.

Artists were challenged to capture the essence of discovery as scientists mapped the seafloor, made measurements, sampled zooplankton, and deployed the remotely-operated underwater vehicle (ROV) Jason to collect benthic invertebrates.

Sitting in the control room of the Jason, artists were able to ask the pilot to stop for them to observe the otherworldly scene and make art. On this leg of the excursion, artists created watercolors and captured video, experiencing life on a state of the art research vessel. The excitement of working alongside world renowned scientists and the incredible Woods Hole crew is apparent. Scientists too were inspired by the art being created on board from video monitors, maps and creatures pulled from the deep.

Fraser’s story shows her initiation into this foreign world, where artists seldom see science and research in action, and reveals the synergy created among the 55 people on board as the excursion progresses.

This video is an introduction to the exhibition Art & Science: Envisioning Ocean Depths, supported by Duke University. The collaboration has resulted in a stirring portrayal of the wondrous world of the deep ocean floor off the coast of Barbados. Cindy has a historical vision of the deep sea, paired with an enthusiasm for art as a means of reaching a broader audience.

United by the excitement of discovery, Fraser’s story shows artists and scientists working together and inspiring each other in mutual wonderment.

We are currently seeking venues for the traveling exhibition.

WATCH On Vimeo: Exploring Deep Sea Volcanoes off the Coast of Barbados: An Artist’s Perspective,

Art & Science: Envisioning Ocean Depths, Mary Edna Fraser, artist

Global Climate Change: A Primer
A Book by Orrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. Pilkey, Illustrated with batik art by Mary Edna Fraser…

The Lumber Boom of Coastal South Carolina


A new display at the South Carolina Maritime Museum in Georgetown called “HENRIETTA, the Largest Wooden Sailing Ship Ever Built in South Carolina,” effectively combines illustrations and illuminations to explain the huge amount of resources needed to construct the square-rigged HENRIETTA.

“The Lumber Boom of Coastal South Carolina: Nineteenth-Century Shipbuilding & the Devastation of Lowcountry Virgin Forests,” goes into even more detail about this dramatic historic event.

This 18 minute documentary video includes the history of the HENRIETTA (at about the 6 minute mark). The documentary can be seen at the SC Maritime Museum as part of the HENRIETTA exhibit…

Read Full Article, Science Daily

A Siege of Salt and Sand, Official Trailer

Hammamet, Tunisia. Photo source: ©© Verni22im


Caught between the corrupting sea and the hungry desert, Tunisia today faces a catastrophic convergence of climate chaos…

Tunisia is beset by climate chaos: sea-level rise, desertification, water scarcity, and species loss. With two backpacks of DSLR gear, filmmakers Radhouane Addala and ST McNeil are traveling across Tunisia to visualize the fallout of climate change today in North Africa…

WATCH on Vimeo: “A Siege of Salt and Sand Official Trailer,”

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“Siège entre sel et sable” : Vue cinématographique sur le changement climatique
« Siège entre sel et sable » appartient à cette nouvelle vague de cinéma indépendant. Il s’agit du premier documentaire scientifique en Tunisie…

DamNation; a Documentary That’s Testing the Waters of Corporate Social Responsibility

Elwha River Dam, the largest dam removal project ever attempted in the U.S, 2011. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


DamNation is a feature documentary, shown this week at SXSW in Austin, Tx.

Through the use of beautiful cinematography and authenticity on several levels, it educates the audience in a powerfully moving way…

Read Full Article, by Vivian Norris; Huffington Post

WATCH: DamNation Official trailer, on Youtube

Produced by Stoecker Ecological and Felt Soul Media” and presented by Patagonia.

“This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation¹s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.”

DamNation Trailer, Official Trailer, Youtube
Patagonia Presents DamNation, A Stoecker Ecological & Felt Soul Media Production; Executive Producer Yvon Chouinard; Produced by Matt Stoecker & Travis Rummel; Directed by Ben Knight & Travis Rummel; Edited by Ben Knight; Associate Producer Beda Calhoun; Conceived by Matt Stoecker and Yvon Chouinard.

Five Pop Culture Documentaries That Hollywood Should Make, Time Magazine

Tracking Sediments’ Fate In Largest-Ever Dam Removal
Scientists tracking the aftermath of the largest dam removal in U.S. history say the dismantling of a dam in northwestern Washington state has unleashed about 34 million cubic yards of sediment and debris that built up for more than a century…

Let’s Talk About Sand: “Sand Wars” Film Director Denis Delestrac, At TEDxBarcelona

Controversial dam projects – in pictures, The Guardian UK
A look is taken at some of the world’s most contentious dam projects, from the Three Gorges in China to Brazil’s Belo Monte dam.

New Global Warming Culprit: Dams
Washington State University researchers have documented an underappreciated suite of players in global warming: dams, the water reservoirs behind them, and surges of greenhouse gases as water levels go up and down…

Sediment Trapped Behind Dams Makes Them ‘Hot Spots’ for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The large reservoirs of water behind the world’s 50,000 large dams are a known source of methane. Methane has a warming effect 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. That knowledge led to questions about hydroelectric power’s image as a green and nonpolluting energy source…

Sediments on the Elwha river shores. Photo courtesy of: © Andy C., Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS)