Mote to Host International Ocean Film Tour

Adventure. Conservation. Ocean Life. The International Ocean Film Tour is on its way to Mote Marine Laboratory’s WAVE center with the best ocean adventures and environmental documentaries.  This cinematic event will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the program starting officially at 6 p.m.  This tour stop is packed with inspiring stories from the seven seas, some of the best water sports action of the year and a film highlighting the major challenge of marine debris. Tickets are $5 per person – please note this event has passed. You can visit our events calendar for to see what's upcoming.

A Plastic Ocean

It is no longer a secret that plastic waste is posing a threat to our oceans. The problem is not only the visible pollution: dirty beaches for example. Micro plastics - tiny little pieces of plastic - almost invisible are even more dangerous. It floats in our oceans and gathers in gigantic garbage patches. And from there it finds its way into the food chain. Adventurer and filmmaker Craig Leeson has tracked down plastic waste to get to the bottom of the problem. He connects our consumer behavior with ocean pollution and asks the crucial question: What must we do to save our oceans? 


First he was a surfer then he became a photographer. Hawaiian Clark Little has managed to turn his passion for the ocean into a career. Chasing shorebreaks is his bread and butter and capturing the perfect wave is his vocation. His ability to frame the power of the water in a single shot makes his photos a love letter to the ocean.

Johanna Under the Ice

After a serious mountain bike accident Finnish free diver Johanna Nordblad discovers her love for cold water and the crystal clear silence under the ice. We follow her in this constricting yet liberating world.

Chapter One

Kiteboarding has become more and more popular in recent years. This film reflects on the beginning when windsurfing champion Robby Naish and big wave legend Pete Cabrinha were among the first ones to try the new board sport as well as kiteboarding’s original heroes: Keahi de Aboitiz, Youri Zoon, Bruna Kayija and many more. In Chapter One viewers will follow these individuals to the worlds best kiteboarding spots on the planet.

The Accord

How to handle the North Atlantic wind: surfing in Iceland  - If you want to surf in Iceland, you need to know what you’re up against: The forces of nature reign fiercely on this northern island. The grimmest is the North Atlantic wind. In the mind of surfer Heiðar Logi Elíasson this wind is a red-bearded drunkard, unpredictable and capricious. The rough beauty of Iceland and its inhabitants’ humor set the stage for The Accord the tale of a surfer making friends with a force of nature. This award-winning surf film serves up the swell ice-cold, proving what a paradise Iceland can be when wind and surfer become brothers beneath the tumultuous skies. 

The Weekend Sailor

Seventeen yachts, seven nations, 27,000 miles at sea: 1973 marks the year a sailing trip around the world turned into a race. But when the first Whitbread Round The World Yacht Race sets off from Portsmouth, England, it’s not only the Empire’s most renowned sailing teams on the start line. There’s a dark horse in the competition: Ramón Carlín, aptly named the Weekend Sailor, decides to take part and he’s got company: With a motley crew of friends and family and next to no sailing experience, the 50-year-old Mexican embarks on a voyage to remember. Shunned by the press at first, Carlín turns into the unlikely hot contender of the race. The Weekend Sailor tells the legendary story of a man the sailing world wasn’t ready for. 

The Legacy

It has taken only fifty years to destroy dozens of healthy and thriving marine ecosystems due to overfishing and pollution. Lots of species have vanished from their natural habitat. Almost twenty years ago the pacific manta ray was forced to leave his home in the Gulf of California but it has found a new one in a Mexican archipelago - after it was declared a protected area. The short film “The Legacy” shows how endangered species can recover - if we give them a chance.

Questions? Contact Samantha Byrd at or (941) 388-4441 ext. 426.