Held in March 2017, the 14th Annual International Ocean Film Festival at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco inspired people to appreciate and care for the ocean through independent films. Dedicated to using film as a medium to increase public awareness of the environmental, social, and cultural importance of marine ecosystems and foster a spirit of ocean stewardship, the International Ocean Film Festival is now the premier venue in North America for ocean-related films.
The film “5 Gyres Arctic Expedition” by Franco Borgogno tells the story of a citizen science expedition whereby they collect data about micro plastic pollution throughout the Arctic. Set to an uplifting score, the film communicates the beauty of the ocean and what a collective team of researchers can achieve. The story is glimpse of the work done by the team of international scientists on the expedition partly sponsored by The Baum Foundation.
5 Gyres empowers solutions against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure. Through active campaigns, 5 Gyres inspires individuals and communities to pledge to go plastic free.