Audiences Love Sustaining Sea Scallops!

Post screening
From left: Jennifer Galvin, director of Memory of Fish, WHFF board member Erich Horgan, and UCP co-directors Elise Hugus & Daniel Cojanu

It was a whirlwind week of movies, meetings, (and yes) parties. Somehow we managed to catch up with collaborators from distant cities, meet some awesome filmmakers, and even get some work done on our current projects.

Before we knew it, it was the end of the 25th annual Woods Hole Film Festival, and we emerged with some sweet awards!

We’re eternally grateful to Woods Hole audiences for voting for Sustaining Sea Scallops as the 1st Runner Up (in other words, 2nd place!) for the Documentary Short Audience Award. Our “Shellfish Shorts” screening on August 3 was sold out, and the second screening on August 5 was a fantastic pairing with the feature doc Memory of Fish, about a man’s quest to remove barriers to salmon migration in Washington State. We were blown away by the sincere interest in ways we can use research to further improve fisheries and their impact on the larger marine ecosystem.

Science StrollOur DP extraordinaire, Daniel Cojanu, was also recognized by the WHFF Jury for Best Cinematography/Narrative Short for his work on Black Canaries. Shot on 35-mm film in rural Iowa in 2014, it’s truly a beautiful film. We’ll take it as testament to Daniel’s talents that the jury thought it was black and white!

A real highlight of festival week was the chance to showcase our short science documentaries during the Woods Hole Science Stroll. Not only was it a thrill to see our work on the new screen and soundsystem at Redfield Auditorium, it was so great to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in the science happening in our backyard.

From climate change activism to innovative technologies developed at WHOI, we’ve covered a lot of ground in the past couple years. It makes us excited to present our current projects, hopefully on the big screen again next year!