From Innesse Blohina, the acclaimed director of the award winning documentary about surfing ON THE WAVE (with Kelly Slater – 11th World Surfing Champion ), comes her second film SHE IS THE OCEAN which examines nine extraordinary women from the four corners of the globe who share one thing in common: a profound love for the Sea. A love so profound that they have chosen to make the Ocean the center of their physical, philosophical and professional lives.
In a unique documentary concept, the director has selected these women, ranging from the ages of twelve to eighty three, in order to create a portrait of what could be a metaphor for one woman’s Ocean life through all her ages. Starting with three women who engage in the thrill of ocean sports, to a famed scientist who plunges into the deepest depths on the edge of human survival, to a cliff diver who is hailed as “The bravest woman in Germany”, SHE IS THE OCEAN captures the common thread that bonds them together. Both how it has formed their lives and given them meaning beyond the normal constraints of society.
SHE IS THE OCEAN documentary received raving reviews and was highly acclaimed by LA Femme Film Festival - ”Best Documentary Feature Winner”, Maui Film Festival - “Audience Award –Best World Documentary Feature”, Rainbow Honolulu International Film Festival – “Best Documentary Feature Winner”, Honolulu Surf Film Festival – “Director’s Choice Award”. Heroes: Cinta Hansel – Balinese Pro surfer working on realising her dream to became a World Champion. Coco Ho – Hawaiian Professional surfer & daughter to legendary Pro surfer Michael Ho. Anna Bader – German high diver & 7-time European Champion in cliff diving (Red Bull Cliff-diving). Ocean Ramsey – Shark conservationist & free diver from Hawaii, model. Keala Kennelly – Legendary Professional surfer & winner of the WSL „Barrel of the year 2016“. Andrea Moller – Famous athlete, 8 times world Champion SUP for long distance, Big wave surfer & winner of WSL „Women best performance 2016“ Rose Molina – Free-diver, ballet dancer Jeannie Chesser – Surfing icon & mother of the late legendary surfer Todd Chester Sylvia Earle – Marine biologist, explorer & the first female chief scientist of the U.S.
An award-winning venue in the heart of Byron Bay. Lovingly called ‘Festival HQ’ the inaugural festival occurred here in January 2006 screening just 55 Australian Films and BBFF has grown steadily every year and grown its presence across the Community Centre.
The films screening here are eclectic, colourful, quirky, sometimes challenging, sometimes inspirational, but always intriguing, just like Byron’s own uniquely diverse community. Completed in late 2002, The Byron Community Centre is a world-class venue in the heart of Byron Bay. This multi-purpose facility hosts a great variety of activities including performing arts events, exhibitions, conferences, seminars, receptions and functions. It also accommodates the Bay FM Community Radio, Liberation Larder, Planet Corroboree (an Aboriginal art and craft shop) and Fundamentals (a natural health store).
The Centre plays a major community development function in the Byron shire. Over 20+ years it has established many community services, helping create over 60 jobs and bringing in over $10 million to the local community.