View “Sonic Sea” Online

Free only through Thursday, September 24

Sonic Sea is an Emmy-winning nature documentary about the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the story of a former US Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery and changed the way we understand our impact on the ocean. The film is narrated by Rachel McAdams and features Sting, in addition to the renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Paul Spong, Dr. Christopher Clark and Jean-Michel Cousteau. It was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs. Sonic Sea premiered on Discovery Channel as part of the series, Discovery Impact.

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Sonic Sea (Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes)
Password: SonicSea2020

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From The Redford Center:
When we imagine being underwater, we likely picture what beauty we may see, the feel of water surrounding us, and the clench of holding our breath. Sound is probably one of the last sensations we think of — but sound is everything when it comes to marine life. From pistol shrimp to blue whales, marine species use sound to communicate, sense danger, find prey, navigate the open sea and more. However, new noise sources have polluted the seas over the last century as our ocean has industrialized, drowning out the sounds that marine life depends on and causing physical harm like deafness or trauma. Fortunately, in many cases, relatively simple solutions exist to mitigate these problems; what is needed is the political will to implement them.

We invite you to join us in watching this full-length documentary film that opened our eyes (and ears) to the troubles and solutions alike floating amongst our global waters. We extend our deep gratitude to directors Daniel Hinerfeld and Michelle Dougherty, and the team at NRDC — where our co-founder Robert Redford has served as a board member for the last 45 years — for allowing us to share this film.

As we do every week, and every day, we send enormous thanks and well wishes to all the essential frontline workers, the protesters, leaders and activists committed to justice for all. 

In peace,
The Redford Center