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Theme: Marine Life  

Dancin’ with Humpie
Dir. Ian Christopher Goodman
Tonga, Australia, English, 00:04:02
Nominated for Best Experimental Film, Best Whale Story Film, Best Short Documentary

Synopsis: “Dancin’ with Humpie” is a short, experiential film that departs from traditional nature documentaries. We follow the free diver Alice and her interplay with a young humpback whale. Incredibly, the two almost seem to dance with each other. The film takes its time and is free from narration, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in the nonverbal world of this astounding oceanic creature.    Both Alice (the “Whale Dancer”) and David Edgar (the director of photography) are Australian. Ian Christopher Goodman (the producer/director/editor) is based in Montreal, Canada.

Keywords: #Environment, #SaveTheWhales #SaveOurBeaches, #MarineLife, #MarineBiology #Water #Oceans #Whales #Dolphins #Sharks

Whale People: Protectors Of The Sea
Dir. Jason Jones / Not An Alternative, and The Natural History Museum
Canada, United States, English, 00:13:29
Nominated for Best Marine Life Film, Best Short Documentary, Best Sustainability Film, Best First Nations Film, Best Environmental Film

Synopsis: Whale People: Protectors of the Sea tells the story of today’s environmental emergency through the figure of the orca.    Killer whales, or orcas, are a “miner’s canary” for the ocean. Their health indicates the health of the seas, the salmon stocks, the ancestral waters and lifeways of coastal Indigenous communities, and the well-being of future generations. The orca is among the most contaminated and critically endangered marine mammals in the world. From the Lummi Nation to the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest are sounding the alarm, exposing the many threats orcas face, from outdated dams and depleted salmon stocks they depend on for food, to toxic pollution, sound pollution, and the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline that would bring 800 new oil tankers annually to the Salish Sea.

Keywords: #Environment, #SaveTheWhales #SaveOurBeaches, #MarineLife, #MarineBiology #Water #Oceans #Whales #Dolphins #Sharks

Dir. Nadine Licostie
United States, English , 00:13:30
Nominated for Best Marine Life Film, Best Short Documentary, Best Whale Story Film, Best Environmental Film

Synopsis: “Spinnaker” is a short documentary that focuses on the story of the film’s namesake whale, who the CCS tracked from her birth to her death and across three entanglement events. Spinnaker’s life is a rare example where marine biologists were able to see how deeply entanglement can impact the lives of today’s whales. Her story is not an isolated one and represents the challenges that many marine animals now face after years of pollution and degradation threaten to collapse the once-thought to be indestructible ocean systems. The problems of marine systems are vulnerable to an out-of-sight-out-of-mind bias yet the narrative power of the film illuminates the value in creating a personalized narrative around the intersection of natural and human systems. It is impossible to watch without being filled with empathetic sorrow for the plight of threatened marine creatures and pride for the dedicated teams who strive to ameliorate this critical threat.

Keywords: #Environment, #SaveTheWhales #SaveOurBeaches, #MarineLife, #MarineBiology #Water #Oceans #Whales #Dolphins #Sharks