THE SMOG OF THE SEA

Ian Cheney + Jack Johnson

The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans.

After years of hearing about the famous “garbage patches” in the ocean’s gyres, the crew is stunned to learn that the patches are a myth: the waters stretching to the horizon are clear blue, with no islands of trash in sight. But as the crew sieves the water and sorts through their haul, a more disturbing reality sets in: a fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain. You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog?

Using nostalgic super-8 footage, sparkling underwater cinematography, an original score by Jack Johnson and shipmate Simon Beins, and live action footage of the crew’s research, The Smog of the Sea provides a new perspective on the once pristine oceans, and makes an artful call to action for rethinking the scourge of the sea — single use plastic. Directed by Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn, The City Dark, The Search for General Tso).

DUST WE RETURN

Directed + Produced by Phil Schlieder

Dust We Return is a short film shot in collaboration with Deep Water Surf. The piece features Patagonia athlete, Kohl Christensen. The artistic nature of this film tells a story of humanities contemplation of what lies on the other side after death. Through the medium of big wave surfing, long dangerous hold downs, and training underwater running rocks, Dust We Return speaks to living a life of peace within the chaotic world we live in.

JOURNEY TO THE REEF

Directed by Phil Schlieder

Journey to the Reef is a Big Wave Surf movie set in the Pacific Northwest. The film follows a group of world class professional surfers as they take on the challenge of one of the most dangerous waves in the world, Nelscott Reef.