The jewel of each annual Clinic is our Saturday Evening Film Festival. The Sea Rovers take pride in the fact that we have continuously blazed the trail in the underwater world, premiering more speakers and presentations from our stages than any other show.
Presenters will be announced as they are confirmed and are listed below in no particular order.
The 2019 Master of Ceremonies Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine and is a Fellow of the National Geographic Society. In 2017 was named the Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year.
Brian has produced 25 stories for NGM on a range of subjects, from the harp seal’s struggle to survive in frozen waters to the alarming decrease in the world’s fisheries to dolphin intelligence, all cover stories. During coverage for his 2017 cover story entitled ‘Saving Our Oceans’ Brian produced the first images of a US President underwater. His work has also been featured in publications such as Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, BBC Wildlife, Paris Match, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Smithsonian. He is the author of 10 books including the acclaimed monographs Ocean Soul and SHARK.
Brian’s work has been recognized worldwide having received numerous awards including The Peter Benchley Award for Excellence in Media and being an 11-time award winner in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition in London. In November this year the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences will present Brian with the 2019 NOGI Award for Arts. A frequent lecturer, Brian has presented at venues such as United National General Assembly, World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, TED Talks, The National Press Club in Washington, DC, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
Brian is the Explorer-In-Residence and a Trustee at the New England Aquarium, a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a Fellow National of The Explorers Club. In 2015 he was named a Nikon Ambassador. He is a Marine Fellow with Conservation International and serves on the World Wildlife Fund’s National Council and the WWF’s Marine Leadership Council.
Brian began diving in 1977, spending decades exploring countless shipwrecks and has worked in nearly every marine ecosystem including tropical reefs, polar ice and the open-ocean.
Dr. Robert Ballard Became a Boston Sea Rover in 1967 and was Chairman of the Client for many years. Founder and President of the Ocean Exploration Trust, which owns and operates the E/V NAUTILUS; Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, and Research Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He is an Explorer-at-Large for the National Geographic Society, served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy for more than 30 years and is a pioneer in the development of deep-sea submersibles and remotely operated vehicle systems.
He has discovered hydrothermal vents and “Black Smokers”, the RMS Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck, 55 ancient shipwrecks, the USS MIDWAY, 14 WW II warships in Iron Bottom Sound, Guadalcanal and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109. The author of numerous books, scientific papers, and articles, he has been featured in more than 25 National Geographic television programs. He was a special advisor to Steve Spielberg on the futuristic television show seaQuest DSV. His honors include 21 Honorary Doctorates, National Geographic’s highest award, the Hubbard Medal, the Explorer’s Club Medal, Lindberg Award, Order of Magellan, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Medal. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014.
Dr. Sylvia Earle has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She has led more than 70 expeditions worldwide, involving more than 6,000 hours underwater. As captain of the first all-female team to live underwater in the Tektite Project in 1970, she and her fellow scientists received a ticker-tape parade and White House reception upon their return to the surface. In 1979, Sylvia Earle walked untethered on the sea floor at 1250’, a deeper depth than any other woman before or since. She also holds the women’s record for a solo dive in a deep submersible (3280 feet, 1000m). At the bottom, she detached from the vessel and explored the depths for two and a half hours with only a communication line connecting her to the submersible, and nothing at all connecting her to the world above.
In the ‘80s she started the companies Deep Ocean Engineering and Deep Ocean Technologies with engineer Graham Hawkes to design and build undersea vehicles that allow scientists to work at previously inaccessible depths. In the early 1990s, Dr. Earle served as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Sylvia is president of Deep Search International and chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. She has a B.S. from Florida State University, an M.S. and a PhD. from Duke University, and 15honorary degrees.
She has authored more than 150 scientific, technical, and popular publications,lectured in more than 60 countries, and appeared in hundreds of television productions.Earle is the author of many books on the ocean, including Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans and, most recently, Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas. At present she is explorer-in-residenceat the National Geographic Society, and she most recently won a TED award, and has planned a global summit in Galapogos Island to address concerns most dear to her heart.
Sylvia Earle is a dedicated advocate for the world’s oceans and the creatures that live in them. Her voice speaks with wonder and amazement at the glory of the oceans and with urgency to awaken the public from its ignorance about the role the oceans plays in all of our lives and the importance of maintaining their health. “We’ve got to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us.”
Joe Romeiro is a multi- award winning professional underwater cinematographer, as well as a producer, director, editor, photographer, artist, and shark researcher. He has worked as a T.V. show presenter for many of the world’s top production companies and networks including The BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Communications, Facebook, Oprah Winfrey Network/OWN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, FOX and Lionsgate Pictures. He has been a regular on Discovery Channels SHARKWEEK and National Geographic’s SHARKFEST.
Joe is one of the founders of the Atlantic Shark Institute, a member of the Explorer’s Club, Ocean Artists Society and a Boston Sea Rover. He has worked with many of the top scientists in the field of shark research and behavior earning a reputation as a highly-respected shark naturalist with over a decade of experience filming and interacting with different sharks from all over the world.
Roger Munns is an Emmy award-winning underwater cameraman, specializing in natural history and documentary film making. Roger has worked extensively for the BBC and National Geographic Channel on series such as Life, One Strange Rock, and Life in Cold Blood.
As one of the principal cameramen on the BBC’s ground-breaking Blue Planet II series Roger filmed notable sequences including the tool-wielding Percy the Tuskfish and amazing sex-changing Kobudai, winning a 2018 BAFTA for Cinematography as part of the Blue Planet II team. Through his work, bringing footage of our amazing underwater world – and the impact of human activities on our oceans – to wide audiences, Roger hopes to inspire real and lasting change to protect our marine wildlife.
Fellows of the Explorers Club and Associate Members of the Boston Sea Rovers, Michel and Julie and are co-owners of N2Pix. They are expedition leaders and guest speakers in Canada and the US. Their underwater images and films have been presented in film festivals throughout the US, Canada and Europe and published in several international dive magazines. They are the co-founders of an international underwater film festival and Brand Ambassadors. Michel is a photojournalist, PADI Ambassador, PADI Master Instructor, DAN Examiner, PSI Instructor and Technical Diving Instructor. Julie is an expedition videographer, filmmaker, a member of the Ocean Artists Society, Instructor and Trimix Supervisor. They will be providing the opening sequence for the 65th Film Festival.