International Ocean Film Tour

Sponsored by The Sacred Heart University Department of Biology

Enjoy a night of edge-of-your-seat storytelling through a series of inspiring short films all focusing on the big blue, as The Maritime Aquarium welcomes “the International Ocean Film Tour.”

This one-night film fest features some of the world’s most inspiring personalities, featured in stories from around the world. The films celebrate surfers, divers, ocean advocates and cinematographers who are doing extraordinary things in and on the sea.

The films will be shown on the giant video wall in Newman’s Own Hall. Tickets are $20 ($18 for members).

Doors Open at 6 p.m. | Show from 7 - 9:30 p.m.


Expected Titles Include:

 “Julie” – Born an islander, free diving and spearfishing became second nature to Julie Gautier. But her passion lies in the creative process. Fusing free diving and dance, “Julie” is Gautier’s powerful story of finding her creative voice beneath the surface.

“700 Sharks” – Marine biologist and renowned wildlife photographer Laurent Ballesta takes us to the Pacific atoll Fakarava, where he has been studying the hunting behavior of reef sharks. With cutting-edge technology and a team of experts, Ballesta encounters more than 700 sharks and documents their strategies as they hunt groupers at night in a narrow ravine on the coral belt.

 “Chasing the Thunder” – Poaching at sea has flourished in remote places like the Ross Sea, unchecked and uninhibited by law enforcement ... but not without defense from activists like Sea Shepherd. “Chasing the Thunder” is a real-life thriller in rough seas; an epic 110-day sea chase across three oceans and two seas, where the fearless captains of two Sea Shepherd vessels pursue the illegal fishing trawler Thunder, proving that conviction and resilience will make a difference where governments fail.

“Andy Irons – Kissed by God” –  Meet one of surfing’s all-time greats, a man who would change the sport forever but never managed to escape his own worst enemy: himself. In the 1990s, Andy Irons made a name for himself as the enfant terrible on and off the board. What appeared to be eccentricities was actually bipolar disorder. “Kissed by God” is the heart-rending story of an athlete who pushed the limits of his sport and transcended the boundaries of his condition against all odds up and until his untimely death.

“Surfer Dan” – The winter waves on Lake Superior are just right for Dan Schetter. Dodging sheets of ice, he launches in the water with abandon to do what saved his life: surf. Nothing clears the head like a plunge into cold water—precisely what’s needed when you want to leave your drinking habits behind. A sober “Surfer Dan” introduces us to his drug and remedy, proving that a real surfer needs no palm trees, no tan lines and—most importantly—no excuses.

Date & Time

April 4, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM


Newman's Own Hall


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