"A Sea Change" Climate Change Film Showing

Friday, Oct 16, 7:00 pm, the award winning climate change film, A Sea Change, will be shown at The Palace Theater. A Sea Change premiered to a standing-room only audience at the Smithsonian Museum, and a standing ovation. The film screened at festivals in North America, Europe, and Latin America, garnering multiple awards and aired on national and international television.

A Sea Change is the story of retired teacher Sven Huseby, whose love for his five-year-old grandson Elias and the world he will inherit compelled Sven, after reading an article in The New Yorker, “The Darkening Sea” to travel thousands of miles interviewing scientists on ocean acidification - the little known flip side of global warming.

Oceans have absorbed hundreds of billions of tons of carbon dioxide (more than a quarter of all CO2 produced since the start of the Industrial Revolution) causing a 30% increase in acidification threatening all forms of sea life with a calcium based exoskeleton - coral reefs, shell fish and tiny animals at the bottom of the food chain - pteropods. The burning of fossil fuels is fundamentally reshaping ocean chemistry.

The photography is stunning; the interviews with scientists sobering; Sven’s relationship with his grandson Elias is delightful and moving and the ending hopeful - focusing on solutions being implemented today. This is a film you want to see if you care about the world you will leave for the next generation.

Immediately following the film there will be Q & A session. The panel consists of Barbara Ettinger, documentary film maker; Sven Huseby, the main protagonist in the film and Dr. Bruce Monger, climate scientist from Cornell University. Moderating the panel will be Chris Bolt, WAER news and public affairs director.

Green and energy related nonprofit organizations working on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be staffing display tables in the lobby prior to and after the film along with companies that provide products that help mitigate climate change, such as solar panels, geothermal systems.

The event is family-friendly and film goers can attend straight from work as food trucks will be parked outside along with electric and hybrid cars on display. A cash bar and soft drinks will be available inside. Free parking available.

A special thanks goes to presenting sponsor GreeningUSA and partner Syracuse International Film Festival.

For information on how to support the work of the Climate Change Awareness and Action Committee, the organizing committee for this event contact pwirth2@verizon.net or 315-637-0331


5:15 Doors to Palace Theater, food trucks and vendor tables open.
6:15 Symphoria cellist Lindsay Groves welcomes the Sea Change audience to the Palace.
6:45 Program starts
7:00 Movie starts
8:30 Q&A
9:10 Program ends


Ticket prices: (suggested donations) At the door: $10 adults, $8 seniors/students, $6 per family member (seniors age 60+, families consist of at least 1 parent and children under 18 years old).

Advance sale tickets: $8 adults, $5 per senior/student/family member (seniors age 60+, families consist of at least 1 parent and children under 18 years old). Advance sale tickets can be picked up at the door and will be held up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the film program.


Barbara Ettinger - Director and Co-producer of A Sea Change. Her first film, Martha and Ethel, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and distributed theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics. Her most recent film, Two Square Miles, aired nationally on PBS’s Independent Lens in 2006 and 2007.

Sven Huseby - main protagonist in A Sea Change & Co-Producer is a retired independent school head who worked as a teacher and administrator at The Putney School, Vt. for 30 years and currently serves on the board of several environmental organizations. He will be attending the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Dec. 2015 with the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity.

Bruce Monger - Dr. Monger is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer in the Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University since 1997. He previously worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His work has taken him world wide - to oceanographic conferences in Denmark, Holland & Monaco and providing training for national agencies in Thailand & Argentina. In 2014 his course on Introductory Oceanography at Cornell was featured in a NYT article as one of the top ten interesting courses in the U.S.


A Sea Change looks terrific, with lots of breathtaking footage of the natural world, from the tiniest pterapod (the fluttery, planktonic sea snail that is most threatened by acidification) to the most majestic Norwegian scenery." —Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

"A Sea Change follows ex-history teacher, activist and grandfather Sven Huseby as he travels to visit various scientists to learn more about the impacts of ocean acidification and tries to find ways to explain the problem to his 5-year-old grandson, Elias. I completely fell in love with Sven and the extraordinarily bright Elias. The people in the film are very real and approachable and the ocean footage is stunning. Optimistic, with a whole section of solutions at the end. Broad appeal for all ages." —Dr. Cat Dorey, Sustainable Seafood Advisor, Greenpeace International


Winner of over 20 film awards including:

  • Best Environmental Documentary at the 2010 Ventura Film Festival 
  • 2010 NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
  • Environmental Heroes Award for their work with A Sea Change
  • "Best World Documentary" at the Sedona Int'l Film Festival
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:10pm
The Palace Theater, 2384 James St., Syracuse
Program fee: 
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