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NOTE:  The Berkeley Filmmakers Screening Series screens the third Thursday of every other month.  Reservations will be taken for a particular month's screening only after the 1st of that month.  To make reservations, click on FILMS tab above and see the link for reservations beneath each film.  Tickets are free UNLESS the screening is a Berkeley FILM Foundation (BFF) grant winner, in which case a $10 ticket price will be charged to directly benefit the BFF, grant program established to nurture and grow the independent filmmaking community and to attract the next generation of filmmakers.

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Angel Azul

Thursday,  July 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.











Marcy Cravat

Angel Azul is a documentary film that tells the story of one artist’s inspiring attempt to draw attention to the perilous situation coral reefs currently face worldwide. Jason DeCaires Taylor is an eco-sculptor who casts cement statues from live human models and installs them on the ocean floor to create an artificial coral reef. The story follows the making of an angel, a symbol of hope, with wings made from live fan coral. She will reside in an underwater museum alongside 400 of Jason’s statues located off the coast of Cancún in the National Marine Park, El Museo Subacuatico De Arte (MUSA). Over time the statues grow coral, provide habitat for marine life and a diversion for tourists offering the natural reefs a reprieve from heavy usage. The story takes a turn when the coral that had been growing on the statues starts to die and issues related to waste water pollution and rising sea temperatures become evident. Through local experts and scientists in the field the full scope of the problem is revealed. Jason faces his own problems in keeping his bodega (workshop) afloat, but never tires from his efforts to get the message out about this valuable ecosystem that is in grave danger of disappearing completely if steps are not taken to prevent its demise. Through the hauntingly beautiful underwater world created by this incredible eco-sculptor we are reminded that everything connects.

Producer/Director Marcy Cravat will host a Q&A after the screening.

Tickets are free to the community.  Please reserve at maximum two seats so that as many may attend as possible. If the screening is sold out, we will be happy to put your name on the waiting list.  Please advise us ahead of time if you have special seating requirements.  Thank you for your support!!

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