"Mission Blue" documents the life work of pioneering oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who is still jumping into the ocean at age 79. She shows us what the ocean was like when she first explored it back in the 50s. The not-for-profit film has been re-edited since playing the Berlin, Santa Barbara (our review here) and Ashland film festivals.
Netflix released it in theaters August 15 backed by a massive outreach campaign to promote understanding and awareness about the threats faced by Earth's oceans.
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival confirms today that indie multi-hyphenate Mark Duplass will be one of its four daily Keynote speakers. More announcements about SXSW Conversations, panels, and workshops also arrive. SXSW runs in Austin, Texas from March 13 to 21, 2015.
Duplass, alongside brother and co-director Jay, exploded onto the indie scene in 2005 with their made-on-a-dime dramedy "The Puffy Chair." They've since directed more mainstream-skewing films like "Cyrus" and "Jeff, Who Lives at Home." Their upcoming HBO series "Togetherness," co-starring Mark Duplass, hits in 2015.
I knew him well over the years, hanging with him in L. A. or at various film festivals from Sundance to Vail. Carson was an energetic, enthusiastic, generous, eager, curious man always in pursuit of the new. He embraced life, people, movies, and new technology--he was shooting films on smart phones before anyone else I knew.