Sea Pulse films, described as a film festival style event focusing on the beauty of and threats to the world’s oceans, will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice.
The event is presented by Dance 4 Oceans and Macdonald Productions, a film production company that documents aquatic resources, marine life and watersheds.
Videographer and producer Bill Macdonald said he captured some of the most bio-diverse and healthy reefs on the planet and has also documented the research of Capt. Charles Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.
Moore, who is investigating the build-up of marine debris that is impacting the oceans’ “food web,” will be a special guest at the screening. He will introduce Synthetic Sea, which he and Macdonald collaborated on, followed by an open discussion.
Sea Pulse films will also recognize additional activists who are challenged to improve the coastal watersheds and the associated ocean habitat. In the film Watershed Steward, Lenny Arkinstall, a wetlands steward, is documented removing tons of plastic trash from the San Gabriel River, Los Cerritos Wetlands and Alamitos Bay. He will host an interactive wetlands display on site.
Following the Arkinstall presentation will be the 10 R’s film, a solutions program, produced, directed and starring Santa Monica High School students from the multi-award-winning sustainability club, Team Marine. The local spotlight continues with The Majestic Plastic Bag, a “mockumentary” by Heal the Bay introduced by Zack Gold, co-president of Heal the Bay’s Surfrider Club.
The World Ocean “Trashed” film will then summarize the marine debris issue and lead up to the closing act from Dance 4 Oceans, co-sponsors of Sea Pulse films. A. Kanna Jones, a leader of Dance4Oceans, will introduce Whales Die, Zombies Dance (in protest) a film that employs a “parody” of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, where the generic zombies are transformed into “Plastic Trash Zombies” who emerge from the ocean, draped in plastic trash, to dance and raise public awareness.