Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

Playing with Sharks

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Monday, April 12 | 7:00 PM (PDT)


OPENING NIGHT


WEST COAST PREMIERE


      National Geographic Documentary Films


PLAYING WITH SHARKS



A true pioneer in both underwater filmmaking and shark research, Valerie Taylor is a living legend and icon in the underwater world whose life’s work has become the basis for much of what we know about sharks today. Through remarkable underwater archival footage, along with interviews with Valerie herself, PLAYING WITH SHARKS, from twice Emmy®-nominated director Sally Aitken, follows this daring ocean explorer’s trajectory from champion spearfisher to passionate shark protector. From the birth of cage diving to “Jaws” hysteria, to the dawn of cageless shark diving, Valerie became a trailblazing advocate for the ocean’s most maligned and misunderstood creatures.


Q&A immediately following screening with writer/director Sally Aitken, creator/producer, Bettina Dalton, and the subject of the film, Australian pioneering marine conservationist, cinematographer, and renown shark expert, Valerie Taylor.


Moderated by KCET CINEMA SERIES host and Deadline chief film critic Pete Hammond.