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Sonic Sea

Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld   |   Alberta Premiere


About the Film

Narrated by Rachel McAdams and featuring Sting, Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the story of a former U.S. naval officer who solved a tragic mystery and changed the way we understand our impact on the ocean. 


UN Sustainable Development Goal #14:  Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.  

Film Information

Year: 2016
Length: 60 min
Language: English
Country: United States
Premiere: Alberta
Genre: Environment

Cast & Credits

Director: Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld
Producer: National Resource Defence Council 

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Locations & Showtimes


Sunday November 20|   7:15PM
River Park Auditorium

Free Admission



Join the post-show conversation with local and international artists and experts.



Paul Spong is co-director of OrcaLab, a land based whale research station on Hanson Island in British Columbia ( and president of the non-profit Pacific Orca Society. He acquired a Ph.D. in physiological psychology from U.C.L.A. in 1966. Paul began studying dolphins and orcas in 1967, initially in captivity, then in the wild. His insights soon led to his involvement with Greenpeace in the save-the-whales movement during the 1970s, which culminated in the moratorium on commercial whaling agreed to by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1982. For years his work has focused on the long-term life history of the 'northern resident community' of British Columbia orcas, the protection of orca habitat, and cetacean welfare issues such as commercial whaling and captivity.