Saturday Night Film Festival
Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Pre-purchase tickets for the show are now closed. You are welcome to purchase tickets at the door for both the treasure hunt and show. If you would like to attend the film festival, please complete your ticket and dinner order by 5 p.m. PST on Monday, April 15 by calling the office: 360-240-1874 ex101 or ex110.
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6pm - Social
6:30pm - Seating Opens
7pm - Dinner (Chicken or Veggie available)
7:30pm - Welcome and Introduction of Emcee Rick Stratton
7:35pm – Nancy McGee: A Sea That Time Forgot
Remote and undiscovered by the 21st century, the Forgotten Islands of Indonesia are home to pristine coral reefs and a people who have never in their lifetimes seen Westerner faces.
Devoted to the water since the age of three, Nancy McGee is an acclaimed explorer and underwater filmmaker. For the last 40 years, she has enjoyed an extensive swimming and diving career, taking her to the waters off six continents in pursuit of unspoiled ecosystems and a myriad of marine animals. Always on the lookout for adventures with fascinating creatures, she seeks opportunities to film the unusual and unique; her film subjects include Humboldt squid, tiger sharks, an oceanic swimming elephant, and numerous species of whales. A protégé to Stan Waterman, five-time Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Nancy managed Stan Waterman Productions, organized exotic dive travel, and assisted in the filming and post production of documentaries for nearly 7 years. She produces, edits, and films her own documentaries; she has filmed for NBC, Universal Studios, and Discovery and has written for a variety of dive journals and publications.
7:45pm – Jon Cornforth: Exploring the World through Photography: Capturing the Inspiration of Nature
Jon Cornforth is an award-winning wilderness photographer whose images have been recognized internationally for their masterful composition and incredible detail. He’s compelled to express the beauty of the natural world through his photography, traveling all year, challenging himself in new locations, and documenting the unique creatures who live there. All of his images are captured in the wild. He believes in supporting environmental groups and raising awareness through photography. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, Daisy, daughters, Maddy and Chloe, and Boston terrier, Buni.
7:55pm – Barb Roy: Diving the Waters of the Emerald Sea
Well-recognized in the diving community, Barb has worked as a freelance photojournalist and contributing editor for a variety of different magazines and on-line publications since 1995, specializing in underwater adventure, destination travel and other marine-related activities. She first learned to dive in 1979 and currently holds a PADI Master Instructor rating, Instructor ratings with IANTD, NAUI, DAN and a Normoxic Trimix rating with IANTD. While business and marketing are her background trade, Barb also enjoys participating in and writing about kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, caving, birding, destination and people profiles, equipment and book reviews, underwater archeology and marine science.
8:05pm – Kurt Miller: The Current Special Sneak Peek
Narrated by Jean-Michel Cousteau, The Current documents six individuals from all walks of life who faced incredible obstacles, found the inspiration to overcome them, and became real everyday heroes. Through water sports, each has ultimately discovered or rediscovered the freedom of movement.
The Current is the second in a series of films being created by Make A Hero and starts where the first film, The Movement, left off with Rick Finkelstein now facing the challenge of learning to scuba dive for the first time. Rick is once again surrounded by a group of distinguished athletes who have so significantly overcome their challenges proving that they are truly heroes. The film shares their stories through breathtaking cinematography and inspirational music featuring scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, free diving with whales and dolphins. After watching this film you will want to experience the same freedom. But most importantly this film builds awareness and supports local organizations that provide access to sports for people with disabilities!
8:15pm – Dive News Network presents Awards
Diver of the Year Janna Nichols
The National Outreach Coordinator for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), Janna has been involved in the diving industry for more than 20 years. She is a contributing photographer for Milton Love, Tom Laidig and John Butler's A Guide to the Rockfishes, Thornyheads, and Scorpionfishes of the Northeast Pacific. Janna’s passions are underwater photography, marine life identification, and spending quality time with her family. She enjoys learning about fish in different regions around the world and conducts REEF fish and invertebrate surveys on almost all of her dives.
Northwest Diving Pioneer Bruce Higgins
Pioneers are those who trailblazed a path of greatness and inspiration. They opened up the sport of diving in the early days, ultimately paving a way for others to follow later. Bruce Higgins is founder and caretaker of the former Edmonds Underwater Park in Edmonds, WA, now named the Bruce Higgins Underwater trails, Higgins has been a dive instructor since the early 1970s. He was selected by former awardees Gary Keffler and Bill High.
Photography Contest Winners – TBA
Sponsored by the Dive News Network, this once per year photo contest features amazing prizes donated by companies from World’s Best Dives, travel and marketing company. Click here for a list of prizes.
8:30pm – Amos Nachoum: Big Animals of the World: Living the Adventure
Amos Nachoum is an award-winning wildlife photographer and explorer. He has shot just about everything there is to shoot, war, journalism, fashion…but what he loves most is wildlife photography. Especially if it's in the water. And he has become world-famous at it. So much so, in fact, that he has been asked to lead National Geographic expedition teams with Dr. Eugenie Clark, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He has co-produced documentaries with Stan Waterman, and he was the team leader for National Geographic's Red Sea, Great White Shark, and Killer Whale photo expeditions.