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"Mission of Mermaids" Ode To The Ocean At Hamptons International Film Festival

Originally Posted: September 27, 2012

Nicole Barylski

Susan Rockefeller and Gina Bradley paddleboarding. (Courtesy Photo)

For short film "Mission of Mermaids" ("MOM") director Susan Rockefeller wanted to combine science with story and myth with facts. She wanted to show people that aren't interested or aware of what is going on with ocean pollution and problems and educate the need to protect the ocean to those who love to swim or vacation by the ocean. "MOM" is screening at the Hamptons International Film Festival as part of the New York Women in Film and Television ninth annual Women Calling the Shots showcase on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Susan sits on the board of Oceana, the largest local non-for profit dedicated solely to preserving and protecting the ocean. Ninety-eight percent of all conservation dollars goes to terrestrial protection and yet the ocean comprises of seventy percent of the planet and Susan wants to help allot more money to preserving the ocean. She hopes that if people understand what is going on, most people love the ocean and have some connection to it, so they will want to help preserve it.

The mermaid is something that is present in almost all cultures in one form or another. Susan wanted to combine the myth of the mermaid with the validity of science to address both the conscious and subconscious mind and make the cause resonate.

According to Susan, "People are overwhelmed by all the enormity of the complex problems that are facing us and the mermaid represents the permission that we can give ourselves time to rest and the ocean time to rest. Everything can rejuvenate, just like we let a piece of land lay fallow, so it can regenerate and bring back its fertility, the ocean has the same premise". She believes in mermaid moments which is the idea that if we allow ourselves time to be alone and permission to rest, you will have more energy to give back to your families your work and will be able make a difference in the work that you do.

The same theory applies with the oceans, if humans give them time to rest by enforcing the existing fishing regulations, minimizing bycatch and protecting habitats the oceans can rebound. Over one billion people rely on fish protein, Susan does not only want to protect the ocean because it is beautiful but it gives a lot of areas food secure. The ocean provides things that are vitally important to the balance of our earth.

An aspect that makes "MOM" unique is almost ninety percent of the movie is from found or borrowed footage. Susan did not want to recreate what has already been done, she wanted to create a carbon neutral film. She found that their is already thousands of hours of footage on the ocean and sea life, so the only part of the movie filmed is the of her and fellow mermaid activist Gina Bradley from Paddle Diva's paddle boarding and diving into the ocean waves in Sagaponack.

For Susan, her biggest hope for the film is to get the word out and get people involved. The film is screening not only at the International Hamptons Film Festival but also all over the U.S. and the world. At each screening she has a member of Oceana or a Mermaid activist speak on behalf of the ocean and she hopes after seeing the film or visiting her website people will be encouraged to speak on behalf of the ocean as well.

Another way Susan is creating awareness is she created the Mission of Mermaids jewelry line as a way to blend fashion with an inspired message the can help spread the message. The line includes ocean inspired necklaces, rings, bracelets and even cuff links for men.

MOM is screening on Saturday, October 6th at 5:30 as New York Women in Film and Television ninth annual Women Calling the Shots showcase on Saturday, October 6th at the East Hampton United Artists Theater.

To learn how you can get involved visit: www.missionofmermaids.com.

For more information on the Mission of Mermaids Jewerly line visit: www.susanrockefeller.com.

For more information on the Hamptons International Film Festival visit: hamptonsfilmfest.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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