Gray's Reef Film Festival: Fish, Dive, Take Pride

The 15th Annual Gray's Reef Film Festival is looking towards taking pride in the underwater world 

The Gray's Reef Film Festival is back at it again. Starting February 9 to the 11, screenings will take place in three different locations, having added in the SCAD Museum of Art to the location list. The first night, Friday, will host a myriad of films starting at 7:00p.m. 

The donation suggestion to support the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is $8/day adults and $5/day children, students, and members of the military. To buy tickets you can contact the Savannah Box Office directly on their site here, or use the direct link from the foundation here

The theme of the year is "Fish, Dive, Take Pride." With the viewer able to learn the joys of what lives in the deep blue sea, and explore the dives into the ocean. Check out some of the movies screening opening night below. 

The Gray's Reef is Georgia's own National Marine Sanctuary, so it is super close to home. This film, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, directed by Paul Chetirkin, is a 4-minute exploration dive into the Gray's Reef itself. 

Earth is Blue, with David J. Ruck, this time demonstrates how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration works with communities all around the country. The NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is putting in the work to keep our blue planet thriving. 

(Also, be sure to follow @noaasacntuaries on Instagram to keep up with daily postings about #EarthisBlue)

Something that everyone might not know, is that many national marine sanctuaries and national monuments are the heart of many human communities, from native communities to vacationers. Some of us completely depend on the ocean for food, travel, life. The ocean is our resource. Others might be interested in deep sea diving and exploring the underwater, which they may not always get the opportunity to do. In more ways than one, we all depend on the ocean. This film, Stories from the Blue: Nathaniel Linville, takes a look at Nathaniel Linville himself, and The Angling Company in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 

Presented by MADLAWMEDIA, The Great Lakes Big Five Dive, is a quick film about a group of women, including staff from Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, who dived one historic site in each of the five Great Lakes in only 24 hours. 

Films continue rolling on Saturday at the SCAD Museum of Art, and at the Trustees Theater, closing Sunday afternoon at the Tybee Post Theater out on Tybee Island.  A selection of films for that listed below. 

Galloping Extinction: Last Stand of the Seahorse. One of the featured films this year, a short by director and videographer, Will Foster-Grundy. This film highlights all the wonders of a seahorse. For example, seahorses consume over 3,000 pieces of food a day as they virtually have no stomach. How cool is that? 

Oceanic Connection, Hayden Fischer, is a film about those who love getting wet and salty at the beach. For those who love outdoor sports, you should be getting interested in this young kite boarder who hates using straps so he can get as high up on the waves as possible. 

Following the last screening, a wrap up party at the Tybee Post Theater! With light snacks to noche on, a cash bar, and an interpretive ocean station. Donations to the Foundation are also welcome. Let's not forget, before all of this learning and investigating, on February 8 at the Jelinek Creative Spaces at 6:00p.m. Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is hosting a welcome party for organizers and attendees! Please purchase your tickets here to help support the Foundation! 

There is a lot of sea to see (get it?) so make sure to check out a film or two and get excited about our oceans!