Dive into the Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival

by Michelle Riley

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary will celebrate the Wonders of the Ocean by presenting the Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival Jan. 29-30 at the Trustees and Lucas Theaters in historic downtown Savannah.

This year, Gray’s Reef will host its first-ever “3D Night” with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Secret Ocean 3D,” followed by “Humpback Whales 3D,” directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Greg MacGillivray. Afterwards, whale rescuer Ed Lyman will speak and take questions.

“From Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D, Jean-Michel Cousteau & Holly Lohuis address a hammerhead shark.” Copyright: 3D Entertainment Films

“From Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D, Jean-Michel Cousteau & Holly Lohuis address a hammerhead shark.”
Copyright: 3D Entertainment Films

“We can’t wait to show the fantastic movies we have on deck this year,” said Sarah Fangman, superintendent of Gray’s Reef. “We’re especially excited to present 3D films for the first time, and we are grateful to be able to show some stories about the healing power of the ocean, in appreciation of our military men, women and families.”

This year’s festival selections beautifully illustrate the connection between people and the ocean. From the children’s movie to the short films of young filmmakers, the festival offers something for everyone, including a chance to reflect upon the service of military families. “The Current,” in particular, is a short film of perseverance and healing in which Col. Jesse Murphree, U.S. veteran of the Afghanistan war, participates and learns to scuba dive and snorkel.

The festival will wind up with National Geographic’s “Secret Life of Predators,” followed by a session with Emmy-Award-winning cinematographers Paul and Grace Atkins, who will illustrate their talk with film clips. A wrap party on stage at the Lucas Theatre will top off the night.

Suggested donation to benefit Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is $10/day adults and $5/day for children and students.

To reserve seats, visit the foundation website at http://www.graysreefNMSF.org.

2016 Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival Line-Up:

Friday Night, January 29 – First-Ever 3D Night!

7:00 PM:

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D

Humpback Whales 3D by Greg MacGillivray

After-Movie Honored Speaker:  Ed Lyman, Humpback Whale Rescuer

Saturday, January 30 – Full Day of Film Fun!

10:00 AM:  Children’s Program (kids are free!)

Journey to the South Pacific by Greg MacGillivray

Lost and Found by Philip Hunt

11:30 AM:  Emerging Filmmakers Competition

2:00 PM: Guy Harvey Expedition Films

The Oceanic White Tip Shark

Aliens of the Deep: Lionfish

3:30 PM:  Appreciation of our Military, featuring adrenaline and ocean-healing films:

The Crystal Labyrinth by David Pearson

The Current by Kurt Miller and narrated by Fabien Cousteau

SUDS in Action (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba)

7:00 PM:  National Geographic Night!

Secret Life of Predators by National Geographic

After-Movie Honored Speakers:  Paul & Grace Atkins, Emmy Award®- Winning Filmmakers

9:30 PM:  Wrap party on the stage!

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