Chile, From Santiago to Valparaíso

By Daniel de la Calle After Puerto Montt, the second half of the series of screenings in Chile unfolded at universities in Santiago and Valparaíso.  Although they shared the name, “Universidad Católica”, there was no connection between the two.  We were in Santiago thanks to an invitation by Professor José M. Farina, showing the film […]


By Daniel de la Calle I had not heard about Ocean Acidification until I began working for Niijii Films on A Sea Change. The research, the people we talked to, experts we interviewed, places we saw have affected me deeply. If I had to describe it in a nutshell I would highlight two aspects: I […]

We Need Your Help!

We’ve just received word from Netflix that A Sea Change is officially a ‘saved’ film in their terminology. This means that they’re waiting to see how many people put it in their queue before they decide if they’ll carry it. With over 50 film festivals worldwide, a national broadcast on Planet Green and hundreds of […]


On Earth Day this week, Barbara and Sven were announced as 2010 NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Environmental Heroes for their tireless work to bring attention to ocean acidification through A Sea Change.  To see the official announcement, click here.

A virtual Sea Change

We were delighted to be invited to participate in a web conference for marine educators on Monday. Sven was our intrepid pioneer into virtuality. The event was put together by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, as a lead-up to the Fishers Forum in Honolulu. Moving forward, we’re eager to create more opportunities for […]

A fledgling Sea Change in Florida

A 20-minute, work-in-progress cut from A Sea Change will screen in early July in the Educational Center at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Though the symposium is for scientists, the Educational Center is open to the public, so we’re hoping to get some feedback we can keep in mind as […]

Sustainable filmmaking–discussion begins

Before production, Barbara Ettinger,Sven Husby, and Ben Kalina talk about how to go about green filmmaking.From the paper in the printer to lights on the set: we can’t takeanything for granted any more. Especially not if we’re going to make afilm about the consequences of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. As we got started […]

A sea change

We’re certainly not the only entity called "A Sea Change." It’s an evocative, enduring phrase, used variously by a brand-new grantmaking entity, an album by Beck, a search firm for ophthalmologists, a photo essay in Mother Jones, and a book about migration in Australia, to name just a few. The phrase comes to us courtesy […]

World Ocean Day 2009–party with A Sea Change

The problem of ocean acidification is global. That’s why we want to spark awareness of the issue with a series of international events on World Ocean Day 2009, June 8. As an anchor event we invite you to screen A Sea Change. Maybe you’d like to use the opportunity to raise awareness around your own […]

Interns & volunteers invited

Great news: we’re building up momentum and A Sea Change isn’t out yet. We knew the public would care about ocean acidification once they knew about it. We’re being proved right. But that means we could use some help, especially with outreach. And what the heck is outreach? Just letting our core audience know about […]

A Sea Change at World Conservation Congress

We were delighted earlier this week by an invitation to screen the trailer for A Sea Change in Barcelona next month. The occasion is the World Conservation Congress, a four-yearly gathering sponsored by IUCN. They expect thousands of attendees from civil society, academia, and governments around the world. The structure is a four-day Forum, with […]

A Sea Change coming

Look for the world premiere in early 2009. Meanwhile, watch the trailer here. Or if you have trouble viewing it, please visit our YouTube channel. Editor Toby Shimin iscutting away in upstate New York. We’ve nearly got a fine cut. The story has emerged and we”ve found the balance we were looking for between the […]

Scenic Hudson blurb on A Sea Change

"Immense and profound." Ned Sullivan, PresidentScenic HudsonScenic Hudson is a non-profit organization which protects and restores the Hudson River.

Support for A Sea Change from Rob Moir, Ocean River Institute

"A Sea Change [the documentary] could not be more timely. I believe acidification of our oceans is actually a greater threat to our survival than is temperature or sea level rise, the conventional "global warming" threats. Acidification is confusing and difficult to even imagine for most people–we need your film. To imagine a world without […]

A Sea Change at American Geophysical Union fall meeting

Plans are finalizing to screen an excerpt of A Sea Change at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting this December. We’ll be part of a panel including Vicki Fabry, who first documented the effects of acidic seawater on pteropods. The AGU expects at least 15,000 geophysicists from around the world to attend. Awesome. The meeting’s […]

A Sea Change at the 2008 Waterfront Conference in New York

ASC has just joined the Waterfront Alliance in New York. We’ll betabling at the 2008 Waterfront Conference on Nov. 13 with posters &flyers, showing the trailer to anyone who’s interested. "From thepaddlers of the Sebago Canoe Club on Jamaica Bay to the InternationalShippers of the New York Shipping Association, over 300 organizationsdedicated to a healthy, […]

A Sea Change at the Seafood Summit next February

We’ve just been invited to screen A Sea Change in a session at the Seafood Summit. Following will be a panel discussion, including Brad Warren of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership  and scientist Vicki Fabry (queen of the pteropods). We’re thrilled. This is exactly the sort of opportunity we hoped for: to present the film to its […]

Pray for the pteropods

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” ~ Einstein Fluid, gorgeous little creatures – like winged angels of the sea. Thatʼs how these precious bite-sized beings, the size of a babyʼs fingernail, appeared to Sven Huseby when he first saw them. […]

A Sea Change segment on C-Span

Director Barbara Ettinger and co-producer/protagonist Sven Huseby appeared on "Washington Journal" March 21 to discuss A Sea Change, the first documentary on ocean acidification. Here's the complete segment.

A Sea Change World Premiere Mar. 14 at DC Environmental Film Fest

It's official: A Sea Change premiers Saturday, Mar. 14 at the DC Environmental Film Festival, at 3:30 pm. In a fabulous venue: the Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History, in downtown Washington at the intersection of 10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW. And admission is free! You'll get to meet director Barbara […]

A taste of the World Premiere of A Sea Change at DC Environmental Film Festival

What an amazing night for A Sea Change! We couldn’t have askedfor a more appropriate venue, one floor beneath the Smithsonian’s newlyunveiled Sant Ocean Hall, with an introduction by coral expert Dr. NancyKnowlton, who holds the Sant Chair in Marine Science at the museum. The room was overflowing with what was rumored to have been […]

Sneak Preview Tuesday night at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

Come join us for a very special Earth Day Eve event at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Philadelphia as we screen A Sea Change as part of the Red, White, Blue & Green series, presented by the Knight Constitutional Conversations series.  Barbara and Sven will take part in a panel after the […]

Support for A Sea Change from the sustainable fisheries world

"A Sea Change offers a searching, emotionally powerful look at ocean acidification. This problem is sometimes called the "evil twin" of climate change, and many of us regard it as an existential threat to the future of fishing. The story is full of heart, scientifically accurate, and lyrical. It also offers good reason for hope, […]

Support from Greenpeace campaigner for A Sea Change

"[A Sea Change] follows ex-history teacher, activist and grandfather Sven Huseby as he travels to visit various scientists to learn more about the impacts of ocean acidification and tries to find ways to explain the problem to his 5-year-old grandson, Elias. I completely fell in love with Sven and the extraordinarily bright Elias. The people […]