HIFF 2016: Air, Land & Sea

The Air, Land & Sea program launches at HIFF 2016 with the goal to generate awareness around man-made environmental issues and allow filmmakers and experts to share information and discuss solutions to these global problems.

The program will include a screening of Emmy-nominated director Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld’s SONIC SEA, which focuses on protecting aquatic wildlife from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution. The documentary is a call to action to reduce the impacts of the shipping, seismic, and sonar noise in the ocean.

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USA | Director: Fisher Stevens
Academy Award® winner Leonardo DiCaprio’s passionate crusade to combat the increasingly harmful effects of climate change is at the heart of the thought-provoking BEFORE THE FLOOD. As a United Nations Ambassador of Peace, the celebrated actor and longtime environmental advocate teams up with Academy Award®-winning documentarian Fisher Stevens (producer, THE COVE) to deliver a powerful call to action to prevent the demise and destruction of our beautiful Earth. Together, they travel the world to raise conservation awareness and meet with scientific and political dignitaries (including Ban Ki-Moon, Barack Obama, and the Pope), all while reminding us of the fragility of our planet.

Sonic Sea 650


USA | Directors: Michelle Dougherty, Daniel Hinerfeld
Whales and other marine life are surrounded by a unique and powerful sonic symphony. These underwater sounds help define their existence and guide them towards food, mates, and safety. Narrated by Rachel McAdams, SONIC SEA dives into their fragile world and explores the tragic impact of industrial and military ocean noise. Featuring interviews from dedicated experts and activists, filmmakers Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld’s must-see documentary points to the man-made sources of oceanic noise pollution, and explores ways in which we can act to protect these beloved creatures.



USA | Documentary Short
Director: Cara Cusumano
In 1997, the loudest underwater sound ever-recorded was heard from deep within the ocean. The source of this “bloop” remains one of the world’s greatest mysteries.

Screens before SONIC SEA (see above)



USA | Narrative Short
Director: Joshua Cohen
The satirical tale of a prophetic hermit who dedicates his life to worshiping the plastic deities he collects from Montauk’s hidden coves.
Screens before SONIC SEA (see above)