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.
Doug Allan is one of the world’s best known and respected topside and underwater cameramen. He specializes in natural history, expedition and science documentaries in some of the wildest and most remote places on our planet, particularly in the polar zones north and south.
In a career spanning 35 years, he’s worked for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, Terra Mater, Living Oceans Foundation and many others, on series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet and Frozen Planet. He was a cameraman and presenter on the BBC / PBS series Ocean Giants.
Most recently he’s been filming for the Living Oceans Foundation based in Baltimore, covering issues like global overfishing and coral reef conservation.
Doug’s photographic awards include eight Emmys, five BAFTAs, five Wildscreen Pandas and several awards at Jackson Hole and Missoula film festivals. He has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He has four Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
In 2012 he published his book Freeze Frame – A Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice.
Between filming shoots Doug gives presentations about his work, science and the environment to schools and institutions worldwide.
His friend Sir David Attenborough said “Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug”.
Some of Doug Allan’s work:
Matt Ferraro has been part of the Cousteau team for the last 15 years. From the tannin brown waters of the Amazon to the crystal blue below Arctic ice, Matt has documented stunning wildlife behavior and the Cousteau team in every corner of the Earth. Matt’s camera experience is as diverse as his travels.
Matt cut his teeth on Motion Picture film, progressed through all professional video formats and is an expert with the latest digital cinema cameras. Matt’s long list of credits includes the award winning 11 hour seven-episode PBS series Ocean Adventures and the record breaking Mission 31.
As a deep tech and closed circuit rebreather diver, Matt documented the rarely visited wreck of the USS Monitor, was the part of the first team in 19 years to touch down on Cordell Bank and recorded the twilight reefs of the Northwester Hawaiian Islands. While continuing production work and his passion for ocean conservation, Matt is currently employing his hard won skills Directing independent documentaries and at Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo as the Cinematographer at Large.
Sample of Matt’s work on Ocean Adventure Series:
More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the remote places Jill Heinerth has explored on earth. Jill is a veteran of over twenty years of scientific diving, filming/photography and exploration on projects with National Geographic, NOAA, various educational institutions and television networks worldwide. Recognized as one of the planet’s great underwater explorers, her expeditions include the first dives inside Antartica icebergs and record breaking scientific missions in deep underwater caves around the world. In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Jill was appointed as the inaugural Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Jill conducts workshops, facilitates film festivals, and gives presentations at industry trade shows, universities and corporate events around the world. She is a frequent online guest educator, leveraging technology like Google Hangouts to inspire classrooms full of eager young people from Anchorage, Alaska, to Mumbai, India. Jill has been a presenter on dozens of radio and TV broadcasts, including the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, CBC, and television networks from Japan to Australia. Over 1.5 million people have learned about climate change, water, adventure, and exploration by viewing Jill’s passionate TED Talk.
More than anything else, Jill considers herself an exploration educator. Sharing her unique experience and knowledge, she speaks about leadership, risk assessment, fear and failure by using her expedition experiences as a correlation to the missions that her audience members are tasked with every day. She inspires innovators, invigorates collaborators and makes a special connection with women leaders.
With her “We Are Water” project, Jill leads an educational effort for water literacy by helping people make everyday behavioral changes that will lead to greater access to and preservation of our endangered fresh water resources. In support of this effort, Jill and her husband Robert McClellan rode their bicycles 7000 km across Canada, from British Columbia to Newfoundland in 2013, meeting people and through presentations to groups large and small, spread the message of environmental stewardship.
Jill’s accolades include induction as a Fellow into the Explorer’s Club and the inaugural class of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. She received the Wyland ICON Award, an honor she shares with several of her underwater heroes including Jacques Cousteau, Robert Ballard and Dr. Sylvia Earle. She is the 2017 recipient of the diving world’s highest award for sports and education from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Science – the NOGI. She was named a “Living Legend” by Sport Diver Magazine, Sea Hero of the Year by the Boston Sea Rovers and selected as Scuba Diving Magazine’s “Sea Hero of the Year.” For her work at the extreme ends of the earth, Canada’s Governor General presented Jill with the rare and prestigious Polar Medal.
A prolific blogger and creator of social media, Jill’s website, www.IntoThePlanet.com is a treasure trove of knowledge and resources about her diving and exploration efforts.
Samples of Jill’s work:
Toronto Star asks Jill about Canadian Diving:
Beauty of the Bahamian Blue Holes: