Film And Art Inspire Environmental Solutions At World Oceans Day Hawaii 2015.
Racing Extinction from The Cove director Louie Psihoyos makes its O‘ahu premiere at the opening-night reception, and a new mural by Ekundayo is unveiled at the theater.
This June the museum teams up with PangeaSeed to present the 2nd World Ocean’s Day Hawai‘i—an arts and film festival that that aims to connect filmmakers, artists, scientists, marine conservationists and ocean enthusiasts locally and around the world, and educate the community on the most important and urgent environmental issues facing us today.
Tre’ Packard—who founded PangeaSeed with his wife Akira Biondo—hopes to communicate these issues to the public through the festival. “When the effects of climate change—for example—are presented in a series of charts and graphs, the information can be difficult to digest,” says Packard. “By using films and other creative means to present the issues at hand we hope to better educate the public, and hopefully inspire them to affect change.”
Opening the festival is the O‘ahu premiere of Racing Extinction, from Louie Psihoyos, director of the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary The Cove. The film sounds an alert, examining how human activity has placed Earth on the brink of a mass extinction event.
Other issues addressed in the festival include overfishing, plastics and pollution, and ocean acidification. “But it’s not all doom and gloom,” says Packard. “While it addresses these issues, it also aims to celebrate our connection to the oceans, and their beauty.”
On June 6 the Doris Duke Theatre unveils a new ocean-themed mural by Honolulu-born artists Ekundayo. The artist is in the theater right now, working through the nights, painting the theater’s walls for the first time until June 4.
Sea Change: A Student Art Exhibition to Help Save Our Seas. June 5-21 • Honolulu Museum of Art School.
Sea Keiki Fun Zone. June 7, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Honolulu Museum of Art School.
World Ocean’s Day Hawai‘i 2015 Film Festival. Opening-night reception: June 6, 6-7:30 p.m. • Doris Duke Theatre.
Racing Extinction. Directed by Louie Psihoyos. USA. 2015. 90 mins. June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Into the Gyre. Directed by Scott Elliott. USA, Bermuda. 2012. 44 mins. June 7 at 7:30 p.m. June 9 at 1 p.m. June 10 at 7:30 p.m. June 12 at 1 p.m.
Shark Girl. Directed by Gisela Kaufmann. Austria | Australia | USA. 2014. 58 mins. June 7 at 4 p.m. June 9 at 7:30 p.m. June 11 at 1 p.m.
Our Deepest Waters: Exploring Marine National Monuments in the Remote Reaches of the Pacific. Directed by Stephani Gordon. USA. 2014. 24 mins. June 12 at 7:30 p.m.
About the Honolulu Museum of Art:
One of the world’s premier art museums presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art. Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés and gardens, alongside films and concerts located at the theater. In 2011, The Contemporary Museum gifted its assets and collection to the Honolulu Academy of Arts and in 2012, the combined museum changed its name to the Honolulu Museum of Art.