Kip’s film, A Wave of Change, was featured at this years 8th annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival held earlier this month at Pier 39. A Wave of Change is a 10 minute documentary film highlighting the network of Central Coast marine protected areas (MPAs). The video showcases underwater footage of kelp forests, wetland areas, and offers dialogue with expert scientists to share with their perspectives on the importance of California’s MPA network. Click here to read an in-depth review of the film.
“The ocean is in serious trouble right now. If you consider that 50% of the world’s coral reefs are in trouble, the growing problem of ocean acidification, over fishing and many other issues, you will see that we need to act now — we are running out of time,” says Kip Evans, filmmaker for A Wave of Change. “As a filmmaker, I want to highlight the positive steps that are being taken, actions that precipitate significant change. Marine protected areas may be our last chance to protect the ocean before it’s too late.”
Read Kip’s entire interview with the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival.
A Wave of Change was part of a larger program at the film festival that focused on international marine protected areas. In addition to several films, the MPA program also included a panel discussion with scientists, fishermen, and conservation leaders from both Mexico and California who discussed the challenges and success stories associated with the establishment of MPAs. Read press coverage of this special program here and here.