USA, 2009, 84 minutes
Sat, Apr 25 / 3:45 / Kabuki / SEA25K
Mon, Apr 27 / 6:15 / Kabuki / SEA27K
Thu, Apr 30 / 1:30 / Kabuki / SEA30K
Is it too late to save the ocean? Grandfather and environmentalist Sven Huseby was stunned to discover in a New Yorker article that ocean acidification and global warming is threatening life under the sea. Fish had always been a part of Husebyís life. His parents owned a fish market in his native Norway; his father worked in an Alaskan salmon cannery; and Sven grew up in Seattle eating fish nearly every day. Now Huseby wonders, what ocean life will remain when his five-year-old grandson Elias grows up? Compelled to learn more, Huseby travels with award-winning director Barbara Ettinger from upstate New York and California to Alaska and Norway to interview scientists, professors, fishermen, entrepreneurs, journalists and others about the changing chemistry of the ocean and what people are doing to reduce carbon emissions. Huseby finds himself enamored with pteropods, the tiny, beautiful sea butterflies crucial to the oceanís ecosystem. Today pteropods can only survive up to 48 hours before the waterís acidity eats through their translucent shells. A Sea Change features astonishing underwater footage as well as stunning scenes of the Arctic ice shelf as pieces of it fall into the sea, making global warming a stark reality. This eye-opening film sounds the alarm about ocean acidification while offering hope for the future by highlighting the people working on projects to reduce carbon emissions. Husebyís quest also constitutes a letter to his grandson, conveying his love of the sea and his sincere desire that Elias will inherit a world with oceans teeming with life.
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Presented in association with Climate Change Education.Org. West Coast Premiere.