March 16, 2017

Smog of the Sea

For more than 20 years, the Environmental Film Festival has played a critical role in bringing together filmmakers, policymakers, scientists, educators, and citizens committed to the future of our planet.  The 25th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital took place March 14-26, 2017. DCEFF is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Through this annual festival, year-round events, and online resources, the festival advances public understanding of the environment through the power of film.  

This screening of Smog of the Sea was co-presented with The Ocean Conservancy and hosted by NYU Washington, DC

Ocean Conservancy

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YOUTUBE MEDIA
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Director:
Ian Cheney

Executive Producers:
Kim Johnson
Emmett Malloy
Jack Johnson

Producer:
Kizzy O’Neal

Smog of the Sea


Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited renowned surfers Keith and Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham to join him on a one-week journey through the Sargasso Sea to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans. After years of hearing about ocean “garbage patches,” the crew is stunned to learn they are actually a “fog” of microplastics—trillions of barely visible shards—permeating the world’s oceans. How do you stop a fog? Using nostalgic super8 footage, sparkling underwater cinematography, an original score by Jack Johnson and shipmate Simon Beins, and live-action footage of the crew’s research, Ian Cheney’s The Smog of the Sea provides a new perspective on marine pollution, and makes an artful call to action for rethinking the scourge of the sea—single-use plastic.

28 min., 2016, USA, dir. Ian Cheney


Discussion to Follow

Ian Cheney

Ian Cheney

Adena Leibman

Adena Leibman

Allison Schutes

Allison Schutes