Angel Azul (screening)

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  • Directed by: Marcelina Cravat
  • Produced by: Marcelina Cravat. Exec Producer: Curt Overway, Assoc Producer: Anna Scout Wise

Released: 2014
Running Time: 72 mins
Subtitles: English & Spanish
Subjects: Art, Music, & Design; Environmental Studies

ANGEL AZUL tells the story of one artist’s inspiring attempt to draw attention to the perilous situation coral reefs currently face worldwide. Jason DeCaires Taylor is an eco-sculptor who casts cement statues from live human models and installs them on the ocean floor to create an artificial coral reef. The story follows the making of an angel, a symbol of hope, with wings made from live fan coral. She will reside in an underwater museum alongside 400 of Jason’s statues located off the coast of Cancún in the National Marine Park, El Museo Subacuatico De Arte (MUSA). Over time the statues grow coral, provide habitat for marine life and a diversion for tourists, offering the natural reefs a reprieve from heavy usage. But when the coral that has been growing on the statues starts to die, issues related to waste water pollution and rising sea temperatures become evident. Through local experts and scientists in the field, the full scope of the problem is revealed. Jason faces his own problems in keeping his workshop afloat, but never tires from his efforts to spread the message about this valuable ecosystem that is in grave danger of disappearing completely if steps are not taken to prevent its demise. Through the hauntingly beautiful underwater world created by this incredible eco-sculptor, we are reminded that everything connects.

Awards:

  • Best Director, Moscow EcoCup Film Festival 2015
  • Official Selection, Wild and Scenic 2015
  • Premiere, Environmental DC Film Festival 2014
  • Best Cinematography, Bel-Air Film Festival 2014
  • Best Cinematography,UNAFF United Nations Film Festival 2014
  • Official Selection, Boston International Film Festival 2014
  • Official Selection, Raindance Film Festival 2014
  • Honorable Mention, Alamos Mexico International Film Festival 2014
  • Official Selection, San Francisco Green Film Festival 2014
  • Official Selection, EcoFest Film Festival 2014
  • Finalist, Blue Ocean Film Festival 2014
  • Official Selection, Ecocinema 2014
  • Official Selection, Belize International Film Festival 2014
  • Official Selection, Hawaii Green Screen Film Festival 2014
  • Official Selection, American's Latin EcoFest 2014
  • Official Selection, Wine Country Film Festival 2014
  • Best Documentary Film, Breckenridge Film Festival 2014
  • Official Selection, Woodstock Film Festival 2014
  • Official Selection, Environmental International Film Festival (FICMA) 2014
  • Official Selection, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital 2014
  • Silver Winner, Filmmakers of the Year Film Festival 2014

Reviews:

"Highly Recommend! Visually appealing and thought-provoking, ANGEL AZUL is an outstanding choice for libraries supporting studies in art, oceanography and environmental science; armchair travelers and scuba enthusiasts, those planning a trip to Mecixo's Yucatan Peninsula, and anyone concerned about the health of earth's coral reefs will find much to enjoy and ponder here." —Educational Media Reviews Online