Filming the Sea: Past and Future

Jul 15, 2017
David Conover

Camden — On Wednesday, July 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Camden Yacht Club, award-winning filmmaker David Conover will share stories and clips from a creative life with the world’s oceans.

He has traveled to some of the most extreme coasts on earth, from Newfoundland to Madagascar and Svalbard to the Galapagos. His talk will also include discussion of current work with the Conservation Media Group, with a focus on sanctuary for marine life, issues related to rising ocean levels, reducing ocean plastic, and transitioning to a low-carbon future.

Conover was raised in a New England family with strong ties to the sea and a tradition of active storytelling. He is founder and executive director of Compass Light, a 25-year-old production company that has produced more than 600 award-winning productions, many exploring the human relationship to the ocean and the outdoors.

The company was named a Global Top 100 by Realscreen. In 2003, Compass Light created and developed “Experiential” or "Slow TV," with its Sunrise Earth series (Discovery). In 2015, they produced their first 4K VOD series, titled Big Picture Earth (CuriosityStream). Three years ago, David founded the Conservation Media Group, a non-profit initiative that builds communication capacity for work targeting urgent ocean and energy challenges via workshops, residencies, grants, and placement of fellows with partner conservation organizations. Recently, he was the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. He has also taught at the Maine Media Workshops and serves on the board of the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. Conover resides in Camden with his wife Beverly.

This is the fourth in a series of eight Wednesday seminars hosted by the Camden Yacht Club and is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted, to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP). For more information, please contact the CYC office at 236-7033 or visit camdenyachtclub.org.

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