For the past two years I have had two films that I’ve produced featured at the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival. This past year the folks at the film festival interviewed me about my current film “Isla Holbox/Whale Shark Island”. It was an honor to be recognized and to share with them input into the making and inspiration behind my film.
Don’t miss the World Premiere of “Isla Holbox / Whale Shark Island,” by Bay Area filmmaker Kip Evans, at the 7th Annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival.
What was your inspiration for creating the film?
I was inspired by the positive changes that have taken place on Holbox and by the concern that the pendulum could swing in the opposite direction if steps aren’t taken to limit the number of tourist operators in the area.
What was the most challenging part of creating the film?
The most challenging part was dealing with the logistics of getting to the whale sharks. Normally the sharks are within a 30 – 40 minute boat ride, but during our trip they were over 50 miles from shore. Once we were on site, it was relatively easy, but there were long trips to and from the island.
Who is your inspiration?
This film is part of a series we are creating to highlight “Hope Spots”, areas in the ocean that need our protection, or that can serve as ambassadors for hope. Dr. Sylvia Earle is the inspiration for this film.
How or why did you begin creating ocean-focused films?
I’ve worked on ocean-related projects for more than 20 years. It was a natural evolution to transition into film because of my love for photography.
Why did you choose to submit your film to the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival?
The San Francisco Ocean Film festival is in my own backyard and the people here care a lot about ocean issues. I think it’s a great venue for making a difference.
Is there anything else that you would like to share?
I’m thrilled to be a part of this film festival and all the positive attention it brings to the environmental challenges we face today.