Minds in the Water

This beautiful documentary chronicles professional surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich’s path to cetacean protection. Rasta’s latest campaign - a 660km sailing expedition along Australia’s Gold Coast – provides the backdrop for this evolution. His quest to gather support from professional surfers, seek guidance from Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson, and visit with California’s first coastal tribe, leads to a showdown in Taiji, Japan, made notorious in The Cove.

Directors

Justin Krumb

Country

USA

Year

2011

Running Time

90 mins

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Minds in the WaterVisually stunning and thoughtfully scored, this film chronicles professional surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich’s path to activism on behalf of cetaceans and their ocean environs. Rasta’s latest campaign to increase ocean awareness - a 660km, 36-day sailing expedition coinciding with a humpback whale migration along Australia’s Gold Coast – provides the backdrop for his 5-year exploration “that unexpectedly blossomed into a movement.”

Inspired by interactions with dolphins while surfing, Rasta's international quest to gather support from fellow professional surfers including Andy Irons and Kelly Slater, seek guidance in the Galapagos and Chile from eco-warrior Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd, and visit with California’s first coastal population, the Chumash Indians, eventually leads to a showdown in the dolphin-killing waters of Taiji, Japan, made notorious in the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove.  

With special appearances by Ric O’Barry, Hayden Panettiere, Joel Parkinson, Louie Psihoyos, and featuring music by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jack Johnson, Minds in the Water showcases one of surfing’s great talents on a single-minded mission to answer the call to protect the ocean and its inhabitants.

Screening:  March 4, 2012 at New People Cinema.

Discussion with: Justin Krumb, director; Jonny Vasic, producer.