One event on April 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm
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Playing in front of Current Sea
USA, 2019, 8 min., English
For almost four decades, Matthew Modine has been making movies, leaving a real imprint on audiences. His own deeply thought-provoking directorial efforts are less known. With Ripple Effect, Modine, a long-time activist and environmentalist, seeks to find what famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau called “wavemakers,” the remarkable people making extraordinary efforts to save our seas.
DIR: Matthew Modine and Andrew Klein
PROD: Adam Rackoff and Matthew Modine
EXEC PROD: Danielle Russo and Pete Kasko
EDITOR: Cristina Rackoff
Andrew Klein is the director and co-writer of Ripple Effect. After a decade creating ad campaigns for Fortune 500 clients, Andrew turned to filmmaking and writing, directing human character stories for brands like Airbnb, Delta Airlines, and Conde Nast. A “wavemaker” always attempting to change the planet through his works, he contributes film work to The Explorer’s Club and shoots nature photography on five continents. He is an admitted “bird nerd” and is as equally at home wading in a trout stream as he is swimming with white sharks.
Audiences currently know Mathew Modine as Dr. Martin Brenner on Netflix’s Stranger Things, the most-watched show in the world in 2019. Matthew is also a political activist, environmentalist, and educator. He’s been working in the environmental sector for over three decades. He studied oceanography in San Diego and has been a passionate advocate for the health and protection of the world’s oceans and sea life ever since.
Cambodia/Malaysia/USA, 2020, 90 min., English, Khmer
Overfishing of the ocean’s waters is happening all over the world, having a horrendous impact not only on marine ecosystems but also on the local fishermen who depend on these habitats for their livelihood. That is undoubtedly the case in Cambodia, where illegal fishing is devastating this once robust seascape. Current Sea explores the situation in a tense and riveting way by following a couple of deeply committed expats who are determined to end this scourge and bring justice to the perpetrators, but of course, put themselves into great peril along the way.
DIR: Christopher Smith
PROD: Stephanie Lincoln, Christopher Smith
EXEC PROD: Julian Cautherley, Bronwyn Cornelius, Peter Wong, Timur Bekbosunov, Emma Lee, Jimmy Chang, Annie Chang, Calvin Choong
EDITOR: Lyman Smith, Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith is a documentary, commercial, and music video director and producer. His first feature documentary, TINY: A Story About Living Small, premiered at SXSW in 2013 and was screened at more than 40 film festivals around the world including Hot Docs, DOC NYC, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and Mountainfilm in Telluride. TINY won several awards during its festival run. It was released in June 2014 via Al Jazeera America and First Run Features on Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes where it was extremely popular with millions of views.