“California and Sand Wars have some kind of a love affair. First of all we shot in several California locations, particularly in the northern part of the state like Glass Beach in Fort Bragg and UC Santa Cruz, and also in Manhattan Beach for instance where is erosion is dramatic. But beyond the locations and the interviews we shot along the coast, I’ve found in San Francisco the most incredible support, an amazing environmental consciousness and a profound will to bring the issue of beach erosion and sand mining to the rest of the world. Californians, from North to the border of Mexico, have a special relationship with the ocean, and I sincerely believe that they play a key part in helping me bring the message to the world and save those beaches we love so much,” said filmmaker Denis Delestrac.
The ten-days California Tour 2015 has been a huge success with full theaters screenings across the northern part of the state, an acclaimed masterclass titled “Investigative Journalism for Documentary Filmmaking” by Denis Delestrac and – cherry on top – another award for “Sand Wars” at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival – the “little Sundance” – as well as a Honorable Mention for having brought the issue of sand to the world.
Many thanks to Suzanne Harle, founder and executive director of Green Planet Films and to Ana Blanco, executive director of the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, who organized this Tour with love and passion. Denis Delestrac will be back in California very soon for more, “an ocean in between can’t stop a love affair!”