An ocean of internationally-acclaimed films will screen in Oregon for the first time when the BLUE on Tour Ocean Film Festival splashes into Newport on August 1 and 2.
Festival-goers will enjoy films and programs set in the inspiring Oregon Coast Aquarium and Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC). Feature-length productions and shorts, with content discussions, and question and answer sessions with films makers and marine science experts, will help viewers see the ocean as they never have before.
“Little Forage Fish are a Big Deal” (p. Pew Pacific Forage Fish Campaign) will kick off the event during a Friday evening reception at the Aquarium. The Festival will continue the next day with feature length films, “Sushi: The Global Catch” (d. Mark Hall) and “Andrea: Queen of Mantas” (d. Mark Woodward). Ocean-themed shorts, including “Oceans at the Tipping Point” (p. Wynette Yao), “Shark Riddle” (d. Sisbro Studios), “The Majestic Plastic Bag” (d. Jeremy Konner), “A Beach Project” (p. Gina Kuettner) and “The Krill Is Gone” (d. Jeffrey Bost) will also be screened at the PAC on Saturday, August 2.
Admission to the entire Festival, including refreshments at the Friday night reception, is $25 per person. Attendance of all sessions is encouraged but not required. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/RxPQGf or by calling (541) 867-3474 x5401 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium organized the event in partnership with Westwind Stewardship Group (WSG) in hopes that viewers will, in the words of Aquarium President/CEO Carrie Lewis, “Walk away feeling renewed, optimistic and connected to the ocean.”
“BLUE On Tour is a traveling film festival and conservation initiative, making the world’s greatest collection of ocean films available to audiences around the globe,” according to the event’s website.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so that the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, (541) 867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.