Past Event

Film Screening and Live Event: Of the Deep

February 25, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, NY


  • Fabien Cousteau, oceanographic explorer, conservator, and filmmaker
  • Howard Rosenbaum, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Ocean Giants Program
  • Jon Forrest Dohlin, Vice President of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Director of the New York Aquarium

This event presents 90-year-old documentary films taken by ecologist William Beebe and his crew the Department of Tropical Research, who made record-setting deep-sea dives in a steel-walled submersible called the Bathysphere. Most of these films have not been screened since Beebe showed them during his lifetime. They will be accompanied by a live improvised score performed by musician High Water. Jon Forrest Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium, will introduce the films. Whale researcher Howard Rosenbaum will discuss marine ecosystems and underwater filmmaking with aquanaut and filmmaker Fabien Cousteau, Jacques Cousteau’s grandson, after the film screening.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on the website.

Fabien Cousteau is an oceanographic explorer, conservator, and filmmaker who grew up on his grandfather Jacques Cousteau’s ships. Cousteau led the longest scientific expedition on the world’s only underwater marine laboratory, living underwater for 31 days. He has studied sharks, coral reefs, and worked to restore ecosystems. Cousteau has used film underwater to study marine animals, and has collaborated to produce television specials such as Attacks of the Mystery Shark (National Geographic), Mind of a Demon (CBS), and Ocean Adventures (PBS). Cousteau is founder of the Ocean Learning Center, which raises awareness and leads initiatives to help preserve marine habitats and life.

Howard Rosenbaum is the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Ocean Giants Program and has more than 25 years experience in marine mammal research and conservation activities involving a number of large whale and dolphin species. His research interests involve the application of current techniques in molecular biology to the conservation of wildlife. In addition to his position at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Dr. Rosenbaum is a Senior Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, is on the United States delegation to the International Whaling Commission, and is a faculty member at Columbia University.

Jon Forrest Dohlin is a Vice President of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Director of the New York Aquarium, where he oversees the care and exhibition of its animals and conservation programs. Under his leadership, the Aquarium is nearing completion of the $150 million “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” exhibit which will introduce visitors to New York City’s marine wildlife and the work WCS researchers are doing to protect it. The Aquarium is also beginning construction on a $100 million rebuild of the areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy, which will include resiliency measures to protect the facility in future weather events.

This event is sponsored by the Museum of the Moving Image.