Casting For a New Generation
"Angel Azul" explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution; the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he's cast from live models.
When algae overtakes the reefs however, experts provide the facts about the perilous situation coral reefs currently face and solutions necessary to save them. Peter Coyote generously provides insightful narration that leaves viewers pondering our connection to this valuable and beautiful ecosystem.
„Angel Azul“ uses the medium of art to point out to highly relevant environmental problems by showing how objects of art can function as artificial coral reefs.
On the basis of a good journalistic performance, „Angel Azul“ shows issues that have attracted little attention before. „Angel Azul“ is an intelligent, entertaining and very touching film that is easy to follow. Moreover, it raises appreciation and a sense of respect for our natural environment. Unfortunately, the film does not offer alternative solutions, does not motivate to take action and makes it difficult to draw connections to our daily lives.
„Angel Azul“ does not focus on scientific aspects: the film imparts only little knowledge and information, contexts are not explained clearly and only a few empirical examples are shown.
In view of the technical performance, „Angel Azul“ convinces primarily with unique pictures and scenes. The film is very appealing and exciting. Camerawork and soundtrack are good.
|Production:||Marcy Cravat, Passelande Pictures, Eric Katsuleres|
|Actors:||Peter Coyote, Tom Goreau, Sylvia Earle, Jason deCaires Taylor, Paloma Lopez, Joaquin Adamo Sutter, Karen Salinas-Martínez, Paul Sanchez-Navarro, Gerardo Garcia|
|Our age recommendation:||12|
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|Shooting Locations:||Mexico, Indonesia, United States, United Kingdom, Grenada|
Best Documentary – Breckenridge Film Festival 2014
Best Cinematography – United Nations Association Film Festival 2014
Best Cinematography – Bel-Air Film Festival 2014
Silver winner – Filmmakers of the Year Film Festival
Best Director – EcoCup 2015 Moscow
Best Environmental Solution – EcoCup 2015 Moscow
Stan Waterman Award for Excellence – Princeton Film Festival 2015
Best Documentary and Grand Jury Prize – Julien Dubuque Film Festival 2015
Best Special Focused Documentary – LaFemme Film Festival 2015
Scientific & journalistic quality
Transfer of a momentum
Picture, music, craftsmanship
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