The Alaska Ocean Film Festival will be shown Saturday, March 17, at the Gold Town Nickelodeon Theater. Showtimes are 4, 7 and 9:30 p.m. and admission is $5. This festival features nine short films on saltwater adventure, coastal cultures, and marine science from Alaska and around the world. Here’s a look at the films.
• Monsterboards, Holland, Matthew McGregor-Mento: Combine a crack up sense of deadpan humor, small waves, eco art surfboards, and a horrific fear of sharks … what do you get? Monsterboards, of course.
• Into the Deep with Elephant Seals, USA, Sedva Eris: Meet the UC Santa Cruz marine biologists using high-tech tools to track elephant seals along the San Mateo coast. Some of these marine mammals weigh 4,500 pounds, can dive for a mile, and hold their breath for an hour.
• Capture: A Waves Documentary, Peru, Dave Aabo: This piece dives deep into the impoverished community of Lobitus, Peru and the experience of surf travelers who share their passion with the youth. \
• The Coral Gardener, United Kingdom, Emma Robens: Coral reefs are like underwater gardens, but who would have thought you can garden them in just the same way? Austin Bowden-Kerby is a coral gardener who brings together his love of gardening with his passion for the underwater world.
• Landscapes at the World’s Ends, New Zealand, Richard Sidey: A non-verbal, visual journey to the polar regions of our planet portrayed through a triptych montage of photography and video.
• Eating the Ocean, USA, Jennifer Galvin: Narrated by Celine Cousteau, this film is a journey to the heart of Oceania where an international team of researchers studies the rapidly changing diet of French Polynesians.
• Birdathlon, USA, Rachel Price and Karen Lewis: Who will win a race that involves both air and sea? Find out when our intrepid Rhinoceros Auklet is pitted against an Arctic Tern in an Olympic-caliber spoof that demonstrates the unique physiology and biology of the Alcid species.
• Team Clark Goes Canoeing: Valdez to Whittier, Canada, Dan Clark: This is the story of six weeks of solitude and simplicity, the rewards of submersing children in the wilderness, and the challenges that make it memorable.
• The Majestic Plastic Bag, USA: A mockumentary about the migration of “The Majestic Plastic Bag” narrated by Jeremy Irons. It was produced by Heal The Bay as promo in support of California bill AB 1998 to help put an end to plastic pollution.