Friday, August 19, 2011

Artivist Film Festival...premieres "Minds in the Water" at red carpet event! Isabel Lucas fields Q & A!

"Minds in the Water" - a feature-length documentary about a professional free surfer who has embarked on a personal mission to save dolphins - is slated to kick-off the Artivist Film Festival tomorrow night in Hollywood at the prestigious Egyptian Theatre.

The much-anticipated screening - expected to pack the house - marks the North American premiere of a remarkable film (partly sponsored by the Humane Society).

The film follows the quest of surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich and his friends to protect dolphins, whales, and the oceans they all share.

Through a five-year adventure caught on film - that courses from Australia to the Galapagos, Chile, California, Alaska and Japan  - filmgoers are allowed a rare glimpse into one surfer’s transformation from observer to activist in bold-faced effort to defend the seas and its inhabitants.

Along the way, a posse of Hollywood celebrities spark up the silver screen (notables such as Isabel Lucas (“Transformers 2”) and Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes,” “Scream 4”) when they join in on the whirlwind journey around the face of the globe raising public awareness for their cause.

The screening will be followed by an insightful Q & A headed-up by Isabel Lucas alongside Rastovich and the film’s director Justin Krumb.

"Being selected to premiere our film in North America here at Artivist is a great honor,” bea,ed  Krumb.

“The surfing community has such deep roots in Southern California, and so many people here care about the issues the oceans face, that we feel it's an amazing opportunity to showcase what a few motivated people can accomplish with passionate determination."

"'Minds In The Water' is a great way to share a realistic, deeper look at how surfers all around the world can do their part to resolve human-created problems that exist in our most cherished aspect of life, namely the ocean,” added Rastovich in an afterthought.

This year, Artivist welcomes back PETROBRAS as its Official Community Partner.

Since 2004, Petrobras has supported the growth of the international Artivist Film Festival and Artivist Awards.

LA Weekly reprises its role as a media supporter this year, too.

The festival is also sponsored by Kanon Organic Vodka

The Festival runs August 18th thru August 20th.

Screenings are free to the public but advance tickets are encouraged as the programs do “sell out.”

All screenings and festival activities (including panel discussions, filmmakers-audience Q&A's and receptions will be held at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

For information and advance ticket reservations visit:


Founded in 2003, ARTIVIST FILM FESTIVAL is the only festival dedicated to raising awareness for International Human Rights, Children's Advocacy, Environmental Preservation, and Animal Advocacy through Film.

Over the past eight years Artivist Film Festival has screened more than 400 international Films representing 60 Countries, and has produced Film Tours promoting its mission to more than 35 Million people in five Countries: USA, UK, Japan, Mexico, and Portugal.

Each year Artivist Film Festival concludes with The Artivist Awards, honoring the contributions of filmmakers, community leaders, and celebrity advocates.

Past Honorees include: Peter Fonda, Olivia Wilde, Hank Azaria, Ted Danson, Alyssa Milano, Daryl Hannah, Matthew McConaughey, Joaquin Phoenix, James Cromwell, Mira Sorvino, Tippi Hedren, Mike Farrell, and Ed Begley, Jr.


Petrobras has supported the growth of the international Artivist Film Festival and Artivist Awards since 2004.

Petrobras, a Brazilian energy company, has a 30 year history of distributing ethanol from sugar cane as fuel for vehicles, and is now committed to increasing the production and exports of ethanol. 

At its new research center, scientists are looking for ways to produce ethanol from farming byproducts, which can increase production without the need for more farming land.

Petrobras is the largest funder of Cultural Arts Programs in Brazil and a partner of hundreds of social, animal welfare, and environmental projects, such as the protection of endangered sea turtles, spinners dolphins and the manatee, as well as initiatives on carbon capture, water protection, biodiversity, and climate change.

It is their belief that uunderstanding the interdependence between humanity, animals, and the environment is crucial in our global community.

By working with individuals and groups, organizations and companies, we can create long-term solutions to our global problems.

About the Humane Society

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization, backed by 11 million Americans. The staff work to reduce suffering and improve the lives of all animals by advocating for better laws; investigating animal cruelty; conducting campaigns to reform industries; performing animal rescue and emergency response; and providing care to animals through our sanctuaries, emergency shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and clinics.


See 'ya there!


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