Come out to our monthly Ocean Night Film Screening at Arcata Theatre Lounge! This Thursday, Sept. 2, we feature September Sessions, A Sheltered Sea – The Journey of The Marine Life Protection Act and The Seagull’s Dream, an Arcata Elementary School documentary about the Pacific Garbage Patch.

Co-sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Baykeeper and the Northcoast Environmental Center.

Doors at 6:30 p.m., movies at 7 p.m. All ages! Free to members, otherwise donation of $3 requested.

More on the movies…

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In late September 1999, six-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater brought his buddy Jack Johnson along for a getaway to the islands off Sumatra to document the greatest crew of surfers ever assembled for a surfing retreat. But when the world’s greatest surfers rammed straight into the best waves any of them had ever seen, history was made. Today, this adventure is the benchmark all others are measured by, and it will forever be known as “The September Session,” the culmination of every surfer’s dream. Music by filmaker Jack Johnson, G Love & Special Sauce, Ozomatli, DJ Greyboy featuring Karl Denson, Dan the Automator, and the September Sessions Band. This documentary came to fruition after world surfing champion Kelly Slater asked director Jack Johnson to film him and his crew surfing the waves off the coast of the Sumatra islands. Filming took place in late September, 1999, turning into one of the most exciting surfing expeditions ever, as some of the worlds top surfers tackled the vicious waves around the islands. Music is provided by G Love & Special Sauce, Dan The Automator, and many more.

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Produced by The Baum Foundation and directed by William Bayne of Coyote Films, A Sheltered Sea illuminates the pioneering conservation action taking place along the coast of California as the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) is implemented to form this country’s first statewide network of marine protected areas. Created in response to long-term overfishing and new pressures from pollution and climate change, the MLPA brings together diverse stakeholders—fishermen, conservationists, scientists, government, divers, and ocean-loving citizens—in a process to set aside marine refuges akin to our country’s national parks. Livelihoods, the future of marine species, and coastal access hang in the balance, awaiting the outcome. The film explains why everyone holds a genuine stake in this process and tells how people can participate in this historic effort to conserve California’s ocean as a public trust.

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On World Oceans Day thousands of plastic bottles, hundreds of kids, and many student-made life-sized marine animals will assemble into a simulation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on the Arcata Elementary School campus. The Arcata Community Recycling Center (ACRC) and Arcata Elementary School District (AES) are in the final stages of planning for this art installation on the school playground intended to build awareness of the growing environmental concern of marine debris. Funded by the California Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail License Plate Fund Grant Program, AES students have been learning about the environmental impact of marine debris as pollutants on our beaches and in our waterways, and the effects of plastics concentrated in the North Pacific Gyre. As part of this project, students collected plastic bottles and containers for a two-month period and strung them together in long strands. These strands of plastics were arranged in a swirling pattern symbolizing the movement of oceanic currents that are collecting and aggregating plastic debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. –  Bob Doran, North Coast Journal Blog.