Sun 03.04 // 7:00 PM
SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St.
MINDS IN THE WATER
USA, 2011, 90 min.
San Francisco Premiere. In Person: Justin Krumb, Director; Jonny Vasic, Producer; Kyle Thiermann, Surfer and 2011 Brower Youth Award Winner
5 years in the making, this beautiful documentary chronicles professional surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich’s path to protect dolphins, whales and their ocean environment. Rasta’s latest campaign to increase ocean awareness – a 660km, 36-day sailing expedition coinciding with a humpback whale migration along Australia’s Gold Coast – provides the backdrop for his 5-year exploration “that unexpectedly blossomed into a movement.”
Inspired by interactions with dolphins while surfing, Rasta’s international quest to gather support from fellow professional surfers including Andy Irons and Kelly Slater, seek guidance in the Galapagos and Chile from eco-warrior Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd, and visit with California’s first coastal population, the Chumash Indians, eventually leads to a showdown in the dolphin-killing waters of Taiji, Japan, made notorious in the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove.
With special appearances by Ric O’Barry, Hayden Panettiere, Joel Parkinson, Louie Psihoyos, and featuring music by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jack Johnson, Minds in the Water showcases one of surfing’s great talents on a single-minded mission to answer the call to protect the ocean and its inhabitants. - Pamela Campbell
Preceded by: Bottle, Kirsten Lepore, USA, 2011, 5 mins.