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Saturday, August 9th - 7:00PM
The Golden State Theatre


Adam Ravetch


Adam Ravetch is the preeminent cinematographer of extreme life in and around the Arctic circle. From polar bears to walrus, Adam's camera has created multiple Emmy award winning films for IMAX, BBC, PBS, Universal Pictures, and National Geographic. Working in sub zero conditions not only destroys your camera equipment, but will make you question your own survival. Tonight Adam will share his most spectacular achievements of exploring and surviving the Arctic wilderness with his camera.

Adam Ravetch has spent over 20 years as a polar explorer and Emmy Award winning cinematographer and filmmaker. His film credits include Ice Bear 3D (Universal Pictures), Frozen Planet (BBC), Wonders of the Arctic 3D (IMAX), To The Artic 3D (IMAX), Planet Earth (BBC), Earth (Disney), Arctic Tale (National Geographic), Toothwalkers (PBS), Tooth Titans (National Geographic), Arctic Oasis (National Geographic), Ultimate Explorer: On thin Ice (National Geographic), Battle of the Artic (National Geographic), Untamed America (BBC). With a view at helping to preserve the Arctic, Ravetch founded The Arctic Exploration Fund (AEF), an organization that seeks to discover and film the responses of Arctic wildlife reacting to the rapid environmental changes taking place in the North.

Sylvia Earle


Sylvia Earle needs no introduction to any ocean lover.  She is the pioneer of the deep oceans and has spent her life uncovering the mysteries of the inky depths.  Sylvia will share with us her life story.  Not just how she became the premiere female explorer in a world dominated by men, but how she pushed the envelope of deep sea science and the story it tells us today for the future of the oceans.  Join us for an amazing opportunity to hear tales from decades beneath the waves.

Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Rosemaryand Roger Enrico Chair for Ocean Exploration, is an oceanographer, founder of Mission Blue, SEAlliance and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research. She is also the Council Chair of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of MexicoStudies, former chief scientist of NOAA and a founding Ocean Elder. Earle has been called "Her Deepness" by the New York Times, "LivingLegend" by the Library of Congress and Time magazine's first "Hero for the Planet." She has led over 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater. She has authored 200 publications and lecturedin 80 countries. A graduate of Florida State University with an M.S.and Ph.D. from Duke University and 26 honorary doctorates, she serves on various boards and commissions. Her more than 100 honors include the 2013 National Geographic Hubbard Medal, 2009 TED Prize,Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark and medals from the ExplorersClub, the Royal Geographical Society, the Lindbergh Foundation and the Dominican Republic.

Christian Dimitrius


Cristian Dimitrius has captured the wild jungles like no other underwater filmmaker.  As a native Brazilian, Cristian has spent his life photographing the wild waterways of South America for BBC, National Geographic, and Discovery.  While Cristian regularly swims with sharks, his cinematography specializes in swimming alligators, anacondas, piranhas, and spiders of the Amazon and the worlds jungles.  Tonight Cristian will share his Emmy Award winning footage of rarely seen environments beneath the waters of the jungle and behind the scene footage of the bug filled, and at times, inhospitable conditions required to capture such amazing images.

Cristian Dimitrius is a Brazilian Emmy Award Winning cinematographer, photographer, biologist and television presenter specializing in wildlife and natural history films around the world. On land or underwater, from ants to whales, Cristian's innovative cinematography and unorthodox camera techniques are helping revolutionize the way people see and perceive wildlife. Cristian's film credits include Untamed Americas (National Geographic), Animal Kingdom (National Geographic), Secret Brazil (National Geographic), Jaguar - One Strike Kill (National Geographic), Secret Life of Predators (National Geographic), Wild Brazil (BBC), Brazil - A Natual History (National Geographic), Urban Jungle (National Geographic), River Monsters (Discovery/Animal Planet).

Erick Higuera


Erick Higuera has spent years swimming with great white sharks, humpback whales, giant manta rays, dolphins, and schools of hammerheads sharks in the remote waters off Baja, Mexico. Tonight Erick will share his greatest moments swimming with these giants of Baja and also give us a look behind the scenes of a life of a filmmaker and conservationist who has dedicated his life to the sea.

Erick Higuera is a marine biologist and underwater filmmaker that grew up in south-central Mexico with a deep passion for the ocean. Erick has spent many years as a scuba instructor and a dive guide with the Solmar V exploring the waters of Guadalupe Island, the Sea of Cortes, the Revillagigedo Islands (better known as Socorro's Islands) and the Mexican Pacific, filming and photographing great white sharks, whales, dolphins, sailfish and other spectacles in the deep blue off Mexico's shores. During all this time he has seen how shark and manta populations in the Sea of Cortes have been depleted due to uncontrolled illegal fishing and his film projects are now getting local and political acclaim in Mexico to help educate fishermen and school children on the amazing value of their oceans. Erick has been awarded with the Stan Waterman Award by Beneath The Sea 2013, Best in Cinematography Award by Beneath The Waves Film Festival 2013, Howard Hall Award by Ocean Geographic Pictures of The Year 2013 and with the 1st Place CIMASUB 2013 by the 37th Donostia-San Sebastian International Submarine Film Festival for his visually stunning short film entitled Baja. Since 2006 Erick has been conducting his own research on photo identification, site fidelity, abundance estimate and movements patterns of the Pacific Giant Mantas (Manta birostris) in the Revillagigedo's Archipelago.

Ticket price will be $15.00 and children under 12 will be $10.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 7:00PM


Please Note: Due to the unpredictable schedule of underwater filmmakers, this line-up is subject to change.
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