Rachel Carson, Jacques Cousteau, Dr. Sylvia Earle were passionate about the ocean and woke us up. Boyan Slat who started Ocean Cleanup at the age of 18 in 2013, gives us hope, as do Asha De Vos, Sri Lankan marine biologist and ocean educator who founded Oceanswell; Archana Anand, Indian scientist with a PhD research on water quality and its impact on biodiversity; Kristal Ambrose, marine plastic pollution researcher who founded the Bahamas Plastic Movement.
Our project BELL 8 was initiated by Deirdre Towers who spent her childhood on small sailboats in every form of weather. After 18 years co-producing the Dance on Camera Festival with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, she realized her favorite dancer is still the sea.
Cinematographers Nan Melville (South African) and Ted Ciesielski (Polish) shot the footage. For the score, she combined the voice of Rakel Terceno, the guitar of Paul Jared Newman, sounds of the sea, and percussion by Rex Benincasa. British sculptor Celia Gregory offered footage of her underwater sculptures which serve as artificial coral reefs. Neurologist Greg Dunn granted permission for his images of neurons. Christian Sardet offered images from his Plankton Chronicles project