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Prepare to experience the splendor of the seas as internationally renowned film makers Howard & Michele Hall, Bob Talbot and Shawn Heinrichs showcase some of their recent underwater cinematography at this year's Monterey Underwater Film Festival, held at the Golden State Theatre. Entry is included with full weekend registration. Film Festival only tickets are available for $10.00. This will be a very special evening that you won't want to miss!

Visit the Golden State Theatre Web SiteWHERE:
Golden State Theatre

417 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA
(831) 372-4555


The Official Monterey
Underwater Film
Festival Poster

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 7:30pm

Film Festival Only Pass – Adult
if you are a competitor, you get in free!
$10 $10
Film Festival Only Pass – Child
(12 and under)

$5 $5
Sat Film Festival and Sun Seminars Pass $15 $20
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Join IMAX / PBS filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall on a intimate journey swimming with the largest mammals in the sea. Howard and Michele will share behind the scene stories of the greatest whales they have encountered in over twenty years of underwater filmmaking.

Howard and Michele Hall are wildlife filmmakers who specialize in marine wildlife films. Working as a team Howard and Michele have produced and directed many television films including a National Geographic Special, three episodes of the PBS series Nature and the five-hour PBS series Secrets of the Ocean Realm. Their television work has resulted in seven Emmy Awards. The Hall's are perhaps best known for their underwater IMAX® films. In 1994 Howard directed the first-ever underwater IMAX 3D feature, Into the Deep, and in 1998 he directed and Michele produced the IMAX film, Island of the Sharks. The Hall's returned to the IMAX 3D format in 2005 when Michele produced and Howard directed the Warner Bros./IMAX feature Deep Sea 3D, a film that has grossed more than $94 million at the box office. In 2009 the Hall's followed Deep Sea 3D with the award-winning sequel, Under the Sea 3D. Howard and Michele have participated in many other underwater IMAX productions in various capacities and in 2002 their underwater production team was featured in the MacGillivray Freeman's IMAX film Coral Reef Adventure. Currently, Howard and Michele are again working with MacGillivray Freeman films in IMAX film production for their One World, One Ocean campaign.

Imagine holding your breath and diving over 500 feet below the oceans surface. Bob Talbot's IMAX film transports you inside the minds of extreme humans that swim just like the giant whales. Join Talbot as he shares behind the scene commentary on the making of this IMAX documentary of pioneering Oceanmen.

As a world-renowned marine photographer, award-winning filmmaker and dedicated environmentalist, Bob Talbot has combined his unique visual style and storytelling ability with state-of-the-art entertainment technologies to create intimate ocean experiences on film.

His photographs of whales and dolphins have been reproduced into millions of lithographs distributed around the world, and his motion picture work has appeared in many television, film and special venue productions. Talbot filmed the wildlife sequences for the Warner Bros. series of FREE WILLY feature films and Universal Pictures' FLIPPER. He directed and photographed the IMAX® Ridefilm™ motion simulation system film DOLPHINS - THE RIDE, and acted as a director and cinematographer for sequences in the Academy Award-nominated MacGillivray Freeman IMAX® film, DOLPHINS. Talbot also directed and photographed the award winning IMAX® film OCEANMEN - EXTREME DIVE about world champion free divers Pipin Ferreras and Umberto Pelizzari.

Talbot is a recipient of the Environmental Hero Award presented by the United States Department of Commerce, as well as the Ark Trust Genesis Award. In 2004 he was presented with International SeaKeepers Society's prestigious SeaKeeper Award by HSH Prince Albert of Monoco.

Talbot has worked on several Cousteau Society productions, and continues to collaborate with Jean Michel Cousteau on Ocean Futures projects. He serves on the board of governors for Oceana, on boards of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Earth Communications Office and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Talbot also works with many other environmental groups on marine conservation issues.

Shawn Heinrichs
Filmmaker Shawn Heinrichs has a fresh approach to saving the ocean. His underwater fashion photography of models swimming with the largest fish in the sea have gone viral. Join Heinrichs on a behind the scene adventure of making fashion images underwater and the great conservation victories it has helped win.

Shawn is a passionate photographer, cinematographer and marine conservationist. He has worked with leading journalist and film teams including CNN's Anderson Cooper, Yann Arthus Bertrand, and National Geographic, and delivered projects for many of the top marine conservation organizations including WildAid, Shark Savers, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and Pew Environment Group. His award-winning work has been featured with National Geographic, BBC, New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post, WIRED and numerous other print and online publications. See more of Shawn's work.

Berkley White
With wingspans upward to 20 feet, giant manta rays represent the ultimate in underwater flight. Join Berkley White on an excursion to a special volcanic atoll where hundreds of mantas dance in unison.

Berkley White is the founder of Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo which has grown to be the largest underwater photographic equipment supplier is the USA. Since 1994, Backscatter helped develop a community of local cold water divers and has now spent years supporting a thriving tribe of international artists, film makers, and first time shooters from its locations in Monterey, California and Derry, New Hampshire in the USA. For more about Backscatter or articles on equipment and techniques, please see: Berkley's images and technical articles are regularly published in international magazines and he regularly serves a photographic judge or technical editor on publications. He is also a major promoter for educational events designed for both industry and consumer users such as the Digital Shootout and the DEMA Imaging Center. To learn more about his intensive educational events, please see: Berkley runs a limited schedule of exotic photo safaris each year. From the warm diverse waters of Indonesia to the cold adventure of Alaska, Berkley's shared adventures are always scheduled to be at the best time with the best local knowledge for image makers. For a complete schedule of events, please see his travel company:

Please Note: Due to the unpredictable schedule of underwater filmmakers, this line-up is subject to change. Any changes to the presenter schedule will be posted to this page.

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