SPOTLIGHT: Beneath the Salish Sea Returns to the Clyde

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Florian Graner is a diver and the filmmaker behind "Beneath the Salish Sea." (Photos couretsy of the Clyde Theatre)

Florian Graner is a diver and the filmmaker behind “Beneath the Salish Sea.” (Photos couretsy of the Clyde Theatre)

“Beneath the Salish Sea” returns to The Clyde Theatre in downtown Langley as part of its Films & Filmmakers series at 1 p.m. on both Saturday, March 16 and  Sunday, March 17.

Ever wonder what lies under the steel-gray surface of Puget Sound? If you’re not a diver, you’ll never know how teeming it is with life. But international underwater cinematographer Florian Graner lives right here on Whidbey, and he’s happy to share with us the wonders he’s seen in his hours under the surface.

The film was a huge hit the first three times it played here, and Florian has added even more spectacular footage to it this year. You’ll see orcas, whales, sharks, octopi, seals, brilliantly colored fish, and some of the strangest creatures you can imagine.

Florian, a wildlife biologist currently filming a series on the Olympic peninsula for National Geographic, will be on hand after both showings of the film to answer questions about the movie or the wild life that shares this region with us.

DVDs will be available for sale after the film.

Regular admission prices apply; no advance tickets. Get more info at

In other movie news, local filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young were  presented with the “Spirit of Place Award,” for their film “Shift Change” which made its Florida premiere as part of OLAFEST, the Orlando Latin American Film Festival. They received it in the categories of Best Human Rights Message and Best Political Message. The award is given annually in acknowledgement of excellence in social realism and activism in the arts.

“Shift Change” is slated to show in many cities across Canada in March. Help the these fellow Whidbey Islanders spread the word about these screenings by sharing this story or their website with friends.

Find out more about their award-winning film at their website.


(Pictured at top: Graner gives a seal a friendly kiss in the waters of the Puget Sound.)


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