Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

20,000 Frames Under the Sea 

Wednesday, Feb 11 2009
We’ll be feeling the pinch of the drought years in just a few short months, as reservoirs shrink and we’re compelled to reduce our water usage. Sometimes, though, it takes a little inspiration (or old-fashioned peer pressure) to embrace our responsibility to the community. The sixth annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival has just the ticket, spotlighting a pair of splendid documentaries about uncommonly determined Earth-loving individuals among its usual cascade of eye-popping travelogues, blood-quickening maritime adventures, and vibrant ethnographies. Ron Colby’s Pirate for the Sea (Feb. 20) is a love-him-or-hate-him portrait of the Canadian take-no-prisoners ecowarrior Paul Watson, who puts his ship, life, and reputation on the line to protect the big creatures of the deep from human marauders. Too extreme for his country’s Greenpeace chapter (which he cofounded), Watson sets out on his own course, making enemies and even a few friends along the way. Passions run nearly as deep in local filmmakers Bill Chayes and Chuck Olin’s Call It Home: Searching for Truth on Bolinas Lagoon (Feb. 22). The loyal, iconoclastic community that has lived for decades on the lagoon grapples with various solutions to the gradual silting that is slowly reducing the lagoon’s depth. Citizen participation is a marvelous thing, though sometimes it’s smart to start at the shallow end.
Feb. 20-22, 2009

About The Author

Michael Fox


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"