Our Ocean Film Showcase

The Environmental Film Festival, the National Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Department of State, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and BLUE Ocean Film Festival are pleased to launch the Our Ocean Film Showcase on September 10 in Baird Auditorium. The Our Ocean Film Showcase will feature a curated selection of outstanding ocean-related documentary films and include panel discussions to address and combat the problems our ocean faces.

This showcase will kick off a week of ocean-related programs and activities leading up to the third Our Oceans Conference on September 15-16, hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C., which will gather innovative thinkers and doers from around the globe to take action to protect the ocean.

Afternoon Program:

 12:00 p.m. Humpback Whales (40 min.) Recommended for kids and families. Narrated by two-time Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor, HumpbackWhales explores the world of nature’s most awe-inspiring mammals. Set in Alaska, Hawaii and Tonga, and captured for the first time with IMAX® 3D cameras, this ocean adventure offers an up-close look at how humpbacks sing, feed, play and raise their young. Found across the globe, humpbacks were nearly extinct 50 years ago, but are making a comeback. Join researchers as they find out why humpbacks are so acrobatic, why they sing, and why these 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate 10,000 miles every year. A MacGillivray Freeman film presented by Pacific Life.


1:15 p.m.
The Last Ocean (87 min.) This film sounds a critical alarm as it reveals the startling and disturbing realities of the fishing industry in the Ross Sea. An international fishing fleet has recently found its way to the Ross Sea. It is targeting Antarctic toothfish, sold as Chilean sea bass in up-market restaurants around the world. The catch is so lucrative it is known as white gold. Californian ecologist David Ainley knows that unless fishing is stopped the natural balance of the Ross Sea will be lost forever.

Followed by a discussion with Evan Bloom, director of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs.


4:10 p.m. Wild Galapagos: Pristine Seas 
(47 min.) The Galápagos Islands are simply legendary, home to a collection of strange, beautiful, and wild creatures that you can’t find anywhere else on the planet. While these islands have been well studied, there is a whole other world underwater, a shark-filled paradise that Charles Darwinnever saw. In 2015 National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, an international collection of marine scientists and filmmakers, got an opportunity to explore the islands like never before. Led by Dr. Enric Sala, they dive in a marvelous subaquatic world, filled with sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas…and massive schools of hammerhead sharks. And they’ll deploy a manned submarine to explore over a thousand feet below the surface, to areas few, if any, have ever seen. But the waters around the Galapagos are not immune to pressures from the outside world. Overfishing, climate change, and warming events like El Niño are threatening this pristine ecosystem. Take an adventure with the Pristine Seas team, as they explore one of the most exciting, complex, and unique places on our planet, in an effort to help protect it…before it’s too late.

Evening Program:

6:30 p.m.  A Plastic Ocean (99 min.) In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre our researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues and eventually consumed by us.

*Please note: All seating is on a first come, first served basis.*

Films showing as part of this event

Brian Newell, 47 mins
Craig Leeson, Susan Roberts, Kevin Finneran, , 102 mins
Greg MacGillivray, Nancy Knowlton, Caryn McClelland, 40 mins
Peter Young, 85 mins