Souls of the Vermilion Sea is a new half hour documentary from non-profit media company Wild Lens. The film tells the story behind the struggle to save the vaquita – the world’s most endangered marine mammal. This unique species of porpoise is found only in the northernmost waters of the Gulf of California in Mexico, and is being driven to extinction by a nefarious illegal wildlife trade. The swim bladder of a fish called the totoaba is worth tens of thousands of dollars in China, and the booming illegal fishery for this species has driven the vaquita frighteningly close to extinction.
(USA, 2017, 29 min.) DC Premiere
DIRECTOR: Sean Bogle
An experimental short that surrealistically transports viewers to the deck of The Total Chaos, a lobster fishing vessel working on the magnificent Bay of Fundy at sunrise.
(Canada, 2017, 5 min.) DC Premiere
DIRECTOR: Craig Norris
Between the predators, the tourists, and the long migration ahead life is a challenge for the roseate tern, especially during the first summer of life.
(USA, 2017, 14 min.) World Premiere
DIRECTOR: Kristin Holodak