International Ocean Film Tour

Sponsored by The Sacred Heart University Department of Biology

Thurs., Nov. 1
Doors Open at 6 p.m. | Show Starts at 7 p.m.

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 as well as from in our own backyard. The films celebrate sailors, boarders, coral-reef conservationists and cinematographers who are doing extraordinary things.

After the films, a panel of experts will host a Q&A. Panelists will include: Jennifer Mattei, Ph.D. and LaTina Steele, Ph.D. of Sacred Heart University and Dr. Dave Hudson and Barrett Christie of The Maritime Aquarium.

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

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Expected titles include:

  • “The Big Wave Project: A Band of Brothers” (7 minutes) – The name Nazaré makes all surfers’ hearts beat faster. The small fishing village on the Atlantic coast of Portugal has become synonymous with gargantuan mountains of water; massive waves that push the world’s big-wave elite to its limits. When the tide is high in Nazaré and sets of Atlantic storms roll onto shore, only the best surfers dare to get in the water. We come aboard for a wild ride with Sebastian Steudtner, Garrett McNamara and Andrew Cotton.
  • “And Then We Swam” (35 minutes) – They didn’t have experience or a clue about what they were about to do. But that didn’t stop rowing rookies Ben Stenning and James Adair from pursuing their dream: crossing the Indian Ocean. Knowing no safety boat could reach them should they ever get into trouble, the thought of the 3,500 miles from Australia to Mauritius was daunting. But James and Ben couldn’t resist the call of adventure. After 116 days on the ocean, they finally approach Mauritius. That's when a gigantic wave hits their boat and they capsize five miles offshore ...
  • “Paradigm Lost” (14 minutes) – Kai Lenny – kite surfer, windsurfer and big-wave, tow-in and stand-up paddle surfer – is aptly described as a total waterman. The 25-year-old Hawaiian, who stepped on a surfboard for the first time at the age of 5, is regarded as an exceptional talent. Like no other surfer out there, Lenny thrives on the water, feeling his way into the wind and waves, independent of the equipment. In “Paradigm Lost,” he shows us the ultimate water sports action in a variety of disciplines and in the best spots worldwide.
  • “Vamizi” (24 minutes) – Off the coast of Mozambique, a pristine and dazzling coral reef awaits; one of the oldest on the planet. But this paradise of biodiversity is under threat. Coral bleaching is a warning sign of global warming. “Vamizi” takes us into the fascinating world of coral reefs and shows what we can protect.
  • “The Ocean Rider” (35 minutes) – Around the world in 220 days. Despite being in his landlocked homeland, the Swiss sailor Yvan Bourgnon dreams big. He embarks on a solo trip around the world in his cockpit-less catamaran. No protection against the elements, no crew, and 55,000 kilometers of open water ahead. On his journey, Bourgnon faces storms, pirates and polluted seas.
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Maritime Golf and Tennis Classic

This annual tournament supports The Maritime Aquarium’s mission through the continuing exploration of animal and conservation issues in Long Island Sound and the oceans beyond.  In addition, the funds raised provide STEM-focused education opportunities to area students, regardless of their ability to pay. 

The Maritime Aquarium Gala

This annual fund-raising evening supports The Maritime Aquarium’s Red Apple Fund for Student Enrichment, which helps to make the Aquarium’s unique marine-science and environmental-education programs available to students and teachers in the tri-state area who otherwise may not be able to participate. After a one-of-a-kind cocktail party in the Aquarium galleries, among the seals, sharks, sea turtles and other marine life, guests then enjoy a sit-down dinner and silent and live auctions “under the big top” specially erected outside the Aquarium’s main entrance. The event includes the presentation of the annual Red Apple Awards, which honor companies, organizations, and individuals who share The Maritime Aquarium’s concern for the natural world and environmental education.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a non-profit 501(c)(3).  All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows. A formal acknowledgment letter will be sent following the event.

Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors!

30th Anniversary Sponsors
Nancy & Michael Herde
Schuyler & Charlie Hinnant
Newman’s Own Foundation
Kit & Rob Rohn
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Trafigura Trading LLC
Audrey & Ken Weil
Louise & Michael Widland
Angelfish Sponsors
Clay Fowler / Spinnaker Real Estate Partners
Wendy & Richard Hokin
Iris & Earl Mix    
Sea Turtle Sponsors
A.P. Construction Company
The Blattman Family
The Burnham Family / Hotel Zero Degrees
Carolyn & Lee Caney
Fairfield County Bank
Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd
The Per and Astrid Heidenreich Family Foundation
Kate & Jim Hurlock
Little Pub
Basil Mavroleon
Kathy & Russ Mitchell
O&G Industries, Inc.
Purdue Pharma LP
The Rich Foundation
R. D. Scinto Inc.
Elora & David Sweedler
Additional Supporters
Bank of America
Chubb Group
Ann & Sandy Davies
Emmakate & Leonard DiNardo
The Erdmann Family
Ann & Frank Gilmartin
The Karp Family
People’s United Insurance Agency
Tina Pray & Joe Lockridge
USI Insurance Services   
As of March 2, 2018

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