Ocean Shorts

We’re curating a special program of ocean-themed short films for the Newport Visual Arts Center in Newport, OR. The program will run August 2nd - September 29th (12pm - 4pm) in NVAC’s special media room. Wandering Reel will present the films at a Public Opening on August 10th.

Ocean Shorts Features the Following Films:

‘A Tangled Tale’

Directed by Corrie Francis Park

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About the film:

In this unusual romance, hand-tinted sand, becomes a metaphor for two souls as they join and separate. A lonely fish, hooked by an angler's line, encounters another in the same dire situation. As the two struggle, the physical connection moves deeper. Is it love or merely a will to survive?

With a radical new approach to traditional sand animation, Corrie Francis Parks brings vibrant color to a watery underworld in this philosophical tale of entangling attraction.

5:30 minutes ~ Animation

About the director:

Corrie Francis Parks has shown her award-winning animated shorts on every continent except Antarctica, including such festivals as Annecy, Zagreb, Hiroshima, and AnimaMundi. With an MFA from University of Southern California, Corrie emphasizes the integration of digital and traditional mediums and a dialogue between technique and content. She specializes in sand, paint on glass, cut-outs and hand-drawn mediums.

Website: http://corrieparks.com/


Directed by Stephanie Maxwell

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About the film:

“Ocean” is a dramatic and powerful choreography of light and motion in the ocean's 'swash' zone, the turbulent area of water that washes up on the beach. Filmed in HD in close-up detail on the beaches around Newport, Oregon during Summer 2013, sunlight on moving water and bottom sand reveal the infinitely animated and ever-changing world of visual compositions and events that have a charged, emotive power when presented as distinct variations and themes interwoven with the musical score. The film is lively and sensuous and reveals an extraordinary beauty that is palpable in the most minute and subtle domains along the beach. "Ocean" is an intoxicating experience, where the powerful allure and exquisiteness of the ocean evoke a blissful insight into an undiscovered beauty.

12 minutes ~ Experimental 

About the director:

Stephanie Maxwell is Professor in the School of Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, New York). She has created a large body of award-winning film works that are stunningly beautiful and unique. She grew up on the U.S. West Coast and has a background in marine biology and extensive underwater diving.

Website: people.rit.edu/sampph/

‘The Crossing’

Directed by Marieka Walsh


 About the film:

A stop-motion animation created out of salt and sand. A sea captain risks the lives of his men when he decides to change course, taking his ship through a violent storm.

11:35 minutes ~ Stop Motion Animation

 About the director:

Marieka Walsh is an Australian Director, Writer and Animator. Marieka has received four Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA) nominations as well as two Australian Director's Guild (ADG) nominations. Her animation/ video art installations have screened at galleries in Sydney/ Melbourne including a work in the public collection at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI).

Website: https://cargocollective.com/marieka/

‘The Coast’

Directed by Skip Armstrong


 About the film:

Borderlands. The bridge between two worlds. Where the known meets mystery. Powerful, unforgiving–and exactly what Hayden Peters was looking for...Trading the city for the daily sting of salt water on his skin, Hayden reveals how life on the coast brings him balance like no other place on earth could.

6:43 minutes ~ Documentary

 About the director:

Skip Armstrong is an award-winning director and cinematographer, as well as the owner of Wazee Motion Pictures, based in the Columbia River Gorge.

Website: http://www.wazeemotionpictures.com/

The program includes 3 locally made documentaries about the important conservation efforts scientists, educators, and even teenagers are making to preserve the important, ecological wonders of the central Oregon coast:

Oceanscape Network Video on Oregon Marine Sanctuaries

Featuring: Russell Stone, Jeremy Schaffer and Cassidy DuBois 


About the film:

Oregon's five marine reserves provide sanctuary for marine life and a living laboratory for scientists and researchers. Youth Correspondents with the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network spent a rainy day learning about the Otter Rock reserve north of Newport. Their video report first appeared on Oceanscape, an educational online resource for teens, in June 2017. The featured youth are Russell Stone, Jeremy Schaffer and Cassidy DuBois. 

About the program:

The Youth Correspondents program is a volunteer option for teens between the ages of 14 and 17. These talented young men and women function like journalists, creating both visual and written content for the online resource. Participants are required to work both in front of and behind the camera and may travel all over Oregon in search of stories centered around natural history, ocean exploration, outdoor activities and conservation.

All of the resources on the Network are free and can be accessed at:


‘Beavers and Salmon’

Directed by Fran Recht

Produced by Freshwater Illustrated

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About the film:

It's said that beavers taught salmon how to jump, but the relationship is even more important than that with beaver ponds creating ideal conditions for the rearing of our endangered Coho salmon. Join us as fisheries biologist, Steve Trask as he explains the interrelationships.

About the filmmaker:

Fran Recht managed Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission's habitat program where she works on improving freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats important to salmon and other marine fish. Beaver recovery through helping landowners "live with beavers" is one of the programs she encourages.

Website:  http://habitat.psmfc.org/living-with-beaver/ 

‘Wild Possibilities - The Oyster Story’

Directed by Brady Holden

Produced by Holden Films


About the film:

The Wetlands Conservancy work with the Confederated tribes of Siletz Indians and Oregon Oyster Farms to conserve Poole Slough estuary habitats and restore native oyster populations. 

About the filmmaker:

Brady Holden is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, director and producer specializing in environmental videos, branded content, TV, and feature documentaries. His work has appeared on PBS FRONTLINE, CNN’s Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain, NPR, Outside Magazine, YouTube RED, Comedy Central, Smithsonian Channel, Investigation Discovery, Current TV, HGTV as well as in National Park Service visitor centers and museums. Clients and partners include The Nature Conservancy, Marriott International, Columbia Land Trust, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Fidelity, IBM, Chef’s Cut Real Jerky, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, The Dougy Center, The Land Trust Alliance, Blue Chalk Media, Requisite Media.

Website:  https://wetlandsconservancy.org/


*If you’d like to book ‘Ocean Shorts’ or discuss a customized short film program for your art center or museum please email info@wanderingreel.org