“Kim Swims” Opens At 15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival On International Women’s Day – March 8

San Francisco Ocean Film Festival 2018

San Francisco Ocean Film Festival 2018

What would you do if your doctor told you your leg would be amputated in half an hour? For Kim Chambers this was answer: swim 30 miles through shark infested waters.

With excellent timing, on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2018 – the San Francisco based International Ocean Film Festival opens its 15th anniversary year with Kim Swims – the stirring documentary based on Chamber’s incredible journey.  

A unique preview of the film will be displayed on Saturday, February 10 during the Festival’s “Off the Reef” gala fundraiser at The Pearl (601 9th Street, San Francisco).

In addition, the evening will also feature food, fine wine and a silent auction: 5:30pm – 7pm cocktail reception; 7pm-9pm dinner and program; 9pm ’till 10:30pm music by DJ Bryce and remarks by this year’s “Ocean Champion” honoree, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos.

Solo tickets are $ 250 and can be bought online at www.oceanfilmfest.org.  

“It would be hard to find a greater example of personal heroism matched with a love of the ocean than the story of Kim Chambers,” said Ana Blanco, Executive Director for the International Ocean Film Festival. “As told on the screen by Kate Webber and David Orr alongside Oscar-and-Emmy-winner Brad Herschberger, it is the perfect film to open our 15th anniversary season.”

Kim Swims is a documentary about the inspiring story of Chambers, once facing a thoroughgoing amputation following a horrible accident, and her attempt to become the first woman to complete a solo swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge – a 30-mile stretch of water known for bitter temperatures, swirling currents and the world’s biggest Great White sharks.

A handful consider it to be the most difficult marathon swim in the world, and it might as well be, as only four other men have completed the swim. Through the physically and emotionally challenging lead-up to the swim, the swim itself, and the candid interviews with her and others, we present a look into what propels Kim to conquer her fear, pursue her passion and achieve her best potential, and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

Since its launch in 2004, the San Francisco-based International Ocean Film Festival has attracted thousands of spectators of all ages from around the world, including film enthusiasts, sea athletes, educators, and environmental supporters.

The Festival has presented over 50 films from 15 different countries and featured post-film Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, special panel discussions with content experts, and the 11th Annual Free Student Education Program. It was the first event of its kind in North America, inspired by the well-established ocean festival in Toulon, France, which has continued to draw large audiences for more than 40 years.

Sponsors for the 15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival include National Marine Sanctuary, the Canadian Consulate of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Alcatraz Cruises, San Francisco Magazine, and Hotel Zephyr, Official Hotel Sponsor for the Festival.

The full slate of films for the 15th Anniversary International Ocean Film Festival will be announced January 19. Furthermore, the 15th Annual International Ocean Film Festival will take place March 8 – 11, 2018 at San Francisco’sCowell Theatre at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture.