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Running Time: 72 minutes
Country: USA / Mexico / Indonesia
Venue: Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito
Cast: Jason deCaires Taylor, Peter Coyote
Showtime: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 @ 06:00 PM
Director: Marcy Cravat
Description: [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]
Through the hauntingly beautiful lure of Jason deCaire's Taylor's underwater life-like statues we witness the birth of an artificial coral reef, learn how we are inextricably connected to the ocean, and are left to consider how our choices will determine what we leave to future generations.
Angel Azul marks the environmental documentary debut of filmmaker Marcelina Cravat who explores the creation of hauntingly beautiful human like sculptures that eventually find their place on the sea floor. The artist is British born Jason deCaires Taylor who bonded with the sea as a boy living abroad in exotic places where coral reefs were his playground.
Today Taylor creates artificial coral reefs with statues he’s cast from live human models in a modest bodega (workshop) located in a small fishing town along the Mayan Riviera. Hired by the National Marine Park in Cancún to implement a strategy to divert tourists away from the natural formations, Taylor provides the lure; living sculptures that offer viewers mysterious and ephemeral encounters where the transformational effects of nature are in full display.
With help from local artists and colorful personalities who lend their bodies to the process, Taylor has created and installed over 400 statues in the El Museo Subacuático del Arte, MUSA. The film follows his grand expression, the Angel Azul, a symbol of hope created in the likeness of local model Paloma Lopez whom we witness endure the painstaking process of being coated in plaster with only her nostrils left free to breathe. With 70% of the coral reefs in jeopardy of disappearing within our lifetimes, her message is one of grave importance; an entire ecosystem in peril.
Attending: Marcy Cravat [director]
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