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 2017 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 covering a wide range of subjects and stories. In 2014 he was one of five photographers named as a National Geographic Photography Fellow. In 2015 he was named a Nikon Ambassador.
For NGM, Brian has covered a wide range of stories, 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 2016 NGM published an unprecedented three consecutive feature stories by Brian about predatory sharks. His latest work, a cover story in the February 2017 issue of NGM, focuses on protecting special underwater ecosystems in US waters. During his coverage for this story Brian produced the first images of a US President underwater. He is currently at work on his 28th story for NGM.
Brian is the author of 8 books including the acclaimed monograph Ocean Soul. His upcoming monograph entitled SHARK, will be released in June 2017.
Brian is a 10-time award winner in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He has also been recognized with awards from Pictures of the Year International, Nature’s Best, Communication Arts and is the only photographer to win the coveted Peter Benchley Ward for Excellence in Media. In 2010 National Geographic magazine named one of Brian’s images among their 50 Greatest Photographs Of All Time and in 2017 he was awarded the National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer Award, an honor bestowed by his colleagues. In 2009 Brian was named the Boston Sea Rovers Diver of the Year.
He has had solo photographer exhibits at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France as well as cities such as Geneva, Barcelona, Lisbon and Shanghai and at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
Brian frequently lectures on photography, exploration and conservation issues having presented at venues such as The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, TED Talks, The National Press Club in Washington, DC, The Royal Geographical Society in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He’s a frequent guest on television programs including NBC’s TODAY Show and CBS’s This Morning.
Brian is the Explorer-In-Residence and a Trustee at the New England Aquarium, a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Director of The New England Ocean Odyssey for The Conservation Law Foundation and a Fellow National of The Explorers Club. He also serves as a Marine Fellow with Conservation International, serves on the World Wildlife Fund’s National Council and the WWF’s Marine Leadership Council and on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
Brian will be the Master of Ceremonies for the Saturday Evening Film Festival as well as presenting “Luminous Seas”
Bob Talbot is a world-renowned marine photographer, award-winning filmmaker and dedicated environmentalist. Whether it be consulting for Ang Lee on the motion picture LIFE OF PI or battling whalers in court for Sea Shepherd, he brings to bear an eclectic range of skills to share the ocean with others and protect for it future generations.
Drawn to sea from childhood, Talbot got his first glimpse below the surface when he was eight years old. When he was thirteen he began diving and a year later was given a Nikonos camera as a Christmas gift.
Talbot’s iconic photographs were first published as fine art lithographs when he was in his early twenties and soon became the best selling line of marine artwork in the world. His images have also appeared in a wide range of publications from Time magazine to National Geographic
Talbot began shooting motion picture footage with a wind up 16mm Bolex camera when he was 19. Since then his motion picture work has been featured in television productions that have taken him from Antarctica, with his childhood hero Jacques Cousteau, to the Arctic seal hunting grounds with Paul Watson—from the caverns of Grand Cayman with David Blaine to his beloved Monterey Bay for the BBC/PBS production of BIG BLUE LIVE.
Talbot’s feature film credits include FREE WILLY, FLIPPER, INTO THE BLUE and DOLPHIN TALE 2. He directed and photographed the award-winning IMAX film OCEANMEN –EXTREME DIVE and acted as a director and cinematographer for sequences in the Academy Award-nominated IMAX film, DOLPHINS.
Talbot also specializes in creating, unique, highly immersive special venue media for clients that include: IMAX, California Academy of Sciences, Smithsonian, California Science Center, The National Aquarium and National Marine Sanctuaries.
For his advocacy work, Talbot has been presented with The Environmental Hero Award by vice President Al Gore, the prestigious SeaKeeper Award by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and the Ark Trust Genesis Award.
He has served on the boards of the American Ocean Campaign, Earth Communications Office and on the Board of Governors for Oceana. He served nearly a decade on the board of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and has been the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation since 2008.
When asked why he is so passionate about ocean conservation, Talbot’s answer is simple “The sea has given us life. It’s time we returned the favor.”
Jo Ruxton joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1997 after working for the World Wildlife Fund in Asia for 7 years and was part of the celebrated The Blue Planet team.
Over the past 18 years she has been involved in numerous underwater filming projects around the world, from Antarctica to the pristine reefs of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. After leaving the BBC, Jo decided to produce a documentary feature, A Plastic Ocean, after initially hearing about the plastic problem in 2009 and began raising the funds to start the filming and the film was released globally in January 2017.
She co-founded the Plastic Oceans Foundation 7 years ago to help the fundraising process and to take the message of the film beyond its release through three main programs, Science and Policy, Business and Sustainability and Education and Conservation programs.
Captain Steve Gatto has been exploring and photographing shipwrecks for 37 years. In 1983 he made his first dive down to the Andrea Doria and continues diving the Doria, most recently on the 60th anniversary of her sinking this past summer, making approximately 250 dives on the infamous ship. His quest to take one of a kind pictures and video leads him deep inside shipwrecks to get a difficult shot, thus chronicling history before it’s lost forever by the corrosive action of the sea. His shipwreck photographs and articles have appeared in several magazines and books, and his video’s have been used by the History Channel. Other shipwrecks he dove on include the civil war wreck U.S.S. Monitor, Submarines, Tankers, Freighters, Sailing vessels, and more recently the first group of divers to find, dive, and photograph the German submarine U-550. The U-550 vanished on April 16, 1944 after sinking a tanker and being engaged by three destroyer escorts. She was found by covering over 100 square nautical miles and lies in approximately 100 meters of water. This event has been recently documented in a book called: Where Divers Dare, Hunt for the Last U-Boat by Randall Peffer. Steve is an associate member of the Boston Sea Rovers, a member of SNAME (Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers) Panel SD-7 Forensic Panel. These members donate their time to try and understand forensically why ships sink, new and old and make their recommendations to help make shipping safer. He is part of a collaborative effort that wrote guidelines on how to forensically study a ship after it has sunk. He is also part of a voluntary team that donate their time and expertise when a vessel sinks off the coast, shooting video and stills for the US Coast Guard and NTSB. He is also a member of the American Professional Captains Association and holds a 100 ton Merchant Mariners license.
I will be presenting a collaboration of work spanning 60 years of underwater exploration, photography, and salvage on the Andrea Doria by those who pioneered the way for the next generation of divers. Starting with Boston Sea Rover Peter Gimbel and Joseph Fox first dive on the Andrea Doria just 48 hours after her sinking and ending with a 60th anniversary trip to her in 2016. While not all in 4K as shown by today’s standards this is a gritty look into the past when 8 and 16mm film were the normal formats up to recent films and photos of this historical wreck, many of these have never been seen. I’m thankful for the opportunity to assemble and share some of these historical moments in dive history on the Andrea Doria, a shipwreck close to my heart.
Evan works with the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he has been involved in and led numerous expeditions utilizing remotely operated vehicles (“ROVs”), submersibles and technical diving to survey and film everything from the R.M.S. Titanic to deep sea hydrothermal vents to underwater mountains off the New England coast. Evan also owns and operates Marine Imaging Technologies, LLC, a company that specializes in imaging the underwater world for documentary, science, and survey purposes. During the past 15 years, Evan has helped build and operate numerous HD, 3D, 4k and 8K imaging systems to film both above and below the water for broadcast television, museums, scientists and institutions across the world. His underwater and topside work can be seen on National Geographic, History Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS, CBC, BBC, NHK and elsewhere.