Editor’s Note: The Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Nomination has been proposed to NOAA. The proposed marine sanctuary would begin at Santa Rosa Creek in Cambria at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary southern boundary, and end at Gaviota Creek in Santa Barbara County, encompassing 140 miles of coastline.
During this summer’s 9-week summer program with Blue Horizons, students learned elements that are essential to producing documentary films – from developing a film’s core idea and story, to thinking about its impact on its audiences, to the nuts-and-bolts of video production itself. Then, after examining the critical issues of our region’s oceans and seashores, students develop their own stories and produce their own short documentaries. The films premiere at the end of the Blue Horizons program in UCSB’s Pollock Theater.
The Environmental Media Initiative (EMI) brings together environmental scientists with film and media scholars—drawn from the humanities, arts, and social sciences—to collaborate on teaching, research, and public programming. The EMI explores all of the ways media and the environment influence, structure, and inhabit each other: the environment in media, media in the environment.
The result of the program is the following video, “Coastal Guardians.” Students interviewed community leaders who discuss the various factions of creating a new marine sanctuary along the Central Coast of California.