Film and Lectures

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The Coast and Ocean Film and Lecture Series features outstanding programs with internationally known leaders talking about bay, coast, and ocean health. The series, aimed at the general public, has now gained national and even international recognition.

The Coast and Ocean Film and Lecture series began as part of the America's Cup Healthy Ocean Project, but has become an established program with The Bay Institute and Aquarium. It features internationally known speakers such as Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jean Michel Cousteau, the direbuctors of several oceanographic institutions (Scripps, Woods Hole, Hopkins), film directors, authors, former Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Editor of Science Magazine, and others. Topics have included marine protected areas, fisheries, water quality, climate change, marine archaeology, women in ocean science, ocean myths, marine trash, whale conservation and others. Your support will go a long way to helping us maintain this outstanding series.

Upcoming Film and Lectures:

Film and Lecture Series: "The Edge"

Join Kim Steinhardt and Gary Griggs as they discuss their new book, The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California’s Coast. Everything is fair game in conversation for these two popular speakers, from personal adventure to science, nature, conservation policy, history, and more.

Aquarium of the Bay
Pier 39, The Embarcadero at Beach Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133
*Location subject to change

October 26, 2017
5:30pm Reception, 6:30pm Program

$10/Ticket includes light food, and one drink

Past Film and Lectures

Sea Otters: How Lawsuits and Oil Spills Have Replaced Spears and Guns


Join Kim Steinhardt for an eye-opening photographic journey through southern sea otter history, habitat, and current litigation. Part art, part science, part law, this evening will leave you with a better understanding of how efforts to “manage” the ocean can create clashes between law, science, and ocean stewardship. The survival of 3,300 southern sea otters –and more-- hangs in the balance.


Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean


Join author and marine conservationist Jonathan White as he introduces his new book, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean. White’s adventurous book documents his travels to five continents over twenty years to experience the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world. His presentation will include photos and videos from his travels.


Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise,
and The California Coast


Climate is changing, sea levels are rising – and the California coast is in the way. Join Dr. Gary Griggs as he discusses the impacts of rising sea levels including coastal flooding, increased rates of shoreline retreat, and coastal erosion. This telling presentation will also provide compelling evidence of the challenges we face as we brace for the impact of both short- and long-term sea level rise.

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Deep
Recovery of Channel Islands Marine Reserves


At depths up to 2,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface researchers are unlocking mysteries of the deep, viewing areas largely unexplored by any human. Join us as we premiere spectacular new footage of California’s ocean wilderness, taken from a robotic submarine well below diver depths. Dirk Rosen, ocean engineer and founder of Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) will provide a window to the waters of the marine reserves off the California coast.


Marine Protected Area
Protecting Resources Around the World and In Our Own Backyard


Come on a fantastic journey visiting marine protected areas around the world through a stunning visual production. Led by Liz Taylor of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, we will learn about new “hope spots” that require our protection and we’ll explore the technology we use to view them, from SCUBA, remote vehicles and submarines.

Lost Ships of the Farallones 


Join marine archeologist James Delgado as he takes us on a tour of some of the most amazing shipwrecks discovered by NOAA over the past three years in the waters of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Lying just outside the Golden Gate, this sanctuary is a haven for marine life and is an undersea museum featuring some 400 shipwrecks. Jim’s presentation will highlight the discovery of the wreck sites of the clipper ship Noonday, the steamers Slja and Ituna, and the recently announced find of USS Conestoga. The discovery of Conestoga solved a 95-year old mystery about what happened to a US Navy tug that sailed for Hawaii from Mare Island with 56 men, only to never arrive, sparking a massive search that ended in failure.

"It Ain't Pretty" - Film by Dayla Soul


Dayla Soul, Director and longtime surfer, will join The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay to show her new film, “It Ain’t Pretty.” This inspiring film features female surfers who ride the powerful waves off San Francisco’s Ocean Beach and some who venture out to big wave spots such as the world-famous Maverick’s off Half Moon Bay, CA. The showing will be followed by a discussion with Dayla and some of the surfers featured in the film.


One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits 


Adam Skolnick's book "ONE BREATH: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits," reveals the captivating world of elite freedivers addicted to the buzz that comes from tempting their own fate. Join Adam Skolnick as he discussed his book, freediving, marine plastic pollution, and the tantalizing thrill of exploring the unknown, with Francesca Koe (a multi-agency dive instructor and performance freediving international safety supervisor), and The Bay Institute's Brian Baird.



Parrots, Pelicans, and People: Oh My! 


Judy Irving, director of documentary films The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill andPelican Dreams, will join The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay to look into the lives of parrots, pelicans, people, and other creatures as they struggle to survive in both urban and wild environments.  The evening will include clips from her films, a discussion with The Bay Institute’s Brian Baird, an audience question-and-answer period, and more.



Sharks of the Bay

Sustainable Seafood and Marine Protected Areas


White sharks visit and feed in San Francisco Bay. The recent spectacular sighting near Alcatraz Island has been covered extensively in the news, but did you know that over 7 other shark species regularly feed, breed, and inhabit the Bay? Join shark experts Michael Grassmann (Aquarium of the Bay) and David McGuire (Shark Stewards) for discussion about the sharks of the Bay based on the most up-to-date science from shark tagging and other scientific studies. Learn the myths and realities about local sharks and why they play a critical role in the Bay and ocean ecosystem.   


Success Stories for California Marine Life

Sustainable Seafood and Marine Protected Areas


We often hear about the real problems of overfishing, habitat loss, and other impacts to fisheries which affect seafood supply and the ecosystem. This evening will focus on a number of good-news stories about marine protected areas, seafood programs, and other innovative ways to protect our ocean resources while feeding seafood eaters along the West Coast.  



A film about saving the Ocean and the Planet

REVOLUTION is a film about changing the world, going for it, taking a stand, and fighting for something. A true-life adventure following Director, Rob Stewart (SHARKWATER) for over four years and 15 countries discovering there is a lot more than sharks at risk of becoming extinct. Climate change, environmental degradation, species loss, ocean acidification, pollution, and food/water scarcity are reducing the earth's capacity for nature and humans to coexist.

View the film trailer here. 

The Breach

Please join Aquarium of the Bay, The Bay Institute, the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, and other partners for the first San Francisco screening of the award-winning film, The Breach

The Breach features fishing guide and filmmaker Mark Titus embarking on a journey to discover where the native populations of Pacific Northwest salmon have gone, and what might bring them back. This insightful documentary is highly relevant to the current challenges we are facing maintaining salmon populations in California. This must-see film will be followed by an expert panel discussion featuring Mark Titus, director of The Breach, Alannah Hurley, Director of United Tribes for Bristol Bay, and Zeke Grader, fisheries expert from the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association.


Tuesday, April 14
Writers for the Sea with David Helvarg, Wallace J. Nichols, PhD, and Susan Middleton

Wednesday, March 25
The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: A National Disaster

Wednesday, March 11
Running California's Two Longest and Significantly Imperiled Rivers

Tuesday, November 18
"How Healthy is the California Coast?" experts share a bold new approach to the Ocean Health Index
more info
Thursday, September 18
"Plastic Planet" features insights from the voyages of the 5 Gyres Institute
more info

Saturday, September 13
Kip Evans Discusses 17 Days on the Bottom of the Ocean
more info

Tuesday, August 12
Mission Blue Advanced Screening with Q&A by Dr. Sylvia Earle
more info

*Tuesday, August 5
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols: A Talk About His New Book, Blue Mind (at Bay Model)
more info

Wednesday, July 23
Award-Winning Angel Azul Screening: A Documentary by Marcelina Carat
more info

Thursday, June 26
"Melting Ice, Rising Seas, and Shifting Shorelines: The New Normal."
more info

Thursday, June 12
"Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman's Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific."
more info

Saturday, May 31 
Peter Benchley Ocean Awards
The Bay to Sea Symposium
more info

Tuesday, May 13 
Orca: The Whale Called Killer
more info

Thursday, April 24
Lost Ships of San Francisco
more info

Wednesday, March 26
Voyage to the Bottom of the Bay
more info

Thursday, March 20
The Extreme Life of the Sea
more info

Thursday, February 27
San Francisco Bay Trail, 25th Anniversary Celebration
more info

Monday, February 3
Documentary: Rebels With a Cause
more info

Thursday, Jan 16 
Pelican Dreams Screening
more info

*Unless otherwise noted

The Bay Planning Coalition Workshop:  The Bay Forward (Ocean Planning Workshop)