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A Sea Change

Directed by Barbara Ettinger
Imagine a world without fish

Videos

Trailer for A Sea Change

Overview

Genre
Environment, Contemporary Issues, Social Issues, and Science
Synopsis

Imagine a world without fish. It’s a frightening premise, and it’s happening right now. A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. After reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Darkening Sea,” Sven becomes obsessed with the rising acidity of the oceans and what this “sea change” bodes for humans. His quest takes him to Alaska, California, Washington, and Norway as he uncovers a worldwide crisis that most people are unaware of. Speaking with oceanographers, marine biologists, climatologists, and artists, Sven discovers that global warming is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish 1 billion people depend upon for their protein.

Stage
finished
Running time
86 minutes

Credits

  • Barbara Ettinger ... Director
  • Susan Cohn Rockefeller ... Co-Producer
  • Sven Huseby ... Co-Producer
  • Claudia Raschke-Robinson ... Cinematographer
  • Toby Shimin ... Editor
  • Ben Kalina ... Associate Producer
  • Angela Alston ... Outreach Coordinator

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Niijii Films
Country
United States
Years of Production
2008, 2009
Locations
USA, Norway

Distribution Details

Release year
2009
Festivals
San Francisco International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, DC Environmental Film Festival, Blue Ocean Film Festival, American Conservation Film Festival, 11th FICA (Brazil), Polar Film Festival, DOCSDF, Planet in Focus & more
Awards
Grand Prize, Feature Documentary, FICA International Environmental Film Festival; Best Coastal Film, Cottonwood Creek Environ. Film Festival; Best Nordic Country Documentary, Polar Film Festival; Green Docs Award, Kosovo Int'l
Distribution
Bullfrog Films: educational distribution
Broadcast (Acq.)
Planet Green
Language
English
Subtitles
Spanish

Photos

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