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We’re back from the International Ocean Film Festival

Jun 04, 2022

Last week we returned from San Francisco.

It was one to remember.

Our documentary The Last Vaquita was screened on the opening night of the International Ocean Film Festival alongside a selection of highly acclaimed ocean-inspired films from around the world.

After years of scriptwriting, editing, sound design, animation and colour grading, it was a surreal yet satisfying experience to sit back and watch our Sea Shepherd documentary on the big screen.

Ana Blanco, Executive Director of the IOFF, during her opening speech of the film festival. Image credit: Alex Sedgmond
Watching The Last Vaquita on the big screen with the Under the Skin team. The nerves were tingling. Image credit: Alex Sedgmond

Whilst attending the festival, we were honoured to be invited on stage to do a Q&A alongside our friend and talented filmmaker Luke Ripley.

We shared stories from our time aboard the M/V Farley Mowat with the crew in Mexico, where The Last Vaquita was filmed. We discussed our partnership with Sea Shepherd and their Operation Milagro Campaign to save the Vaquita Porpoise.

Luke also delved into the technicalities behind the making of the documentary.

We were invited on stage to do a Q&A about the making of The Last Vaquita. Image credits: Alex Sedgmond

Whilst at the world-renowned festival (which conveniently overlooks Golden Gate Bridge) we launched a new screenprint titled Gateway to the Ocean, which celebrates the marine habitat of the Bay Area.

We have another post dedicated to Gateway to the Ocean, so if you would like to find out more about this print please check it out here.

Whilst on stage, we launched a new screenprint that celebrates marine wildlife of the Bay Area. Image credits: Alex Sedgmond

Finally, we want to quietly mention that our dad passed away recently.

His favourite city in the world was San Francisco.

He took mum there on their honeymoon, decades back, and was so proud that we were invited to screen our documentary at this world-renowned festival.

We will follow up with a tribute to dad, who was one of our biggest inspirations.

Under the Skin crew celebrating with IOFF exec director Ana Blanco. Image credits: Alex Sedgmond
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