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May 20, 2011
OceanGybe Tacks to Victory at the C Blue Film Festival

The C Blue Film Festival unspooled at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver last night, and screened six films on the subject of water. The winning film? OceanGybe by Victoria's Andrew Naysmith.

The five minute clip performed double duty as a teaser for a full length documentary that Naysmith is currently filming and hopes to premiere this Fall. Hence, the $1,000 cheque reward for taking first prize was timely.

“This is our first bit of funding!” an ecstatic Naysmith said at the lectern. “Many thanks to Harry Kambolis and the C Blue Foundation. I can only hope that OceanGybe’s message of plastics awareness will continue to spread as we push forward.”

The Film Festival was the initial project of the C Blue Foundation, a new organization dedicated to the protection of water, and founded by C restaurant owner, Harry Kambolis. Ambitious as it was, it's only just the first of several "Blue" themed events that Kambolis and his C team will be bringing forth in the months to come.

Appropriately, OceanGybe turned out to be exactly the sort of initiative that the Foundation aims to encourage and support. Undeniably it was the most polished film among the finalists, but more to the point, the subject highlighted the efforts of three local men who are sailing around the world to raise awareness about the alarming increase of garbage in our oceans. Says one crew member shown picking up pop bottles, plastic rope and rusted propane tanks on an otherwise postcard perfect beach, "Every remote beach in the world today IS now dirty and covered with garbage. You can't get away from it." (See clip below).

Other entrants contributed their own style of merit to the Festival. A special mention should go to Tosh Turner and Tim Addison, two teenage filmmakers, who despite a lack of material resources, used humour and imagination (a bathroom shower stall becomes a time machine) to craft their own ecological message: "Respect the water supply and don't waste it, or in the year 3,000 you're gonna be sorry!"

Truer bluer words were never spoken.

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