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2016 LIDA Film Festival

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Rick Morris

Rick MorrisRick Morris working in broadcast television for more than 30 years, 3 years as the documentary producer/videographer for the Census of Marine Life and the Encyclopedia of Life Projects. Rick has shot and produced programming for many of the major networks and cable channels as well as for non-profits and NGOs like The Nature Conservancy, The International Fund For Animal Welfare, The New England Aquarium, Oceana and The Conservation Law Foundation and was the primary cameraman for the television show, "Countdown with Keith Olbermann".

During his tenure with the Census of Marine Life Mr. Morris produced and contributed to more than a dozen films and productions for National Geographic, PBS, BBC and Canadian Broadcasting. Rick's footage has been seen on programs from Nightline to "Late Night with David Letterman". Morris also appears as a guest lecturer at conventions and symposiums. His films can be seen on the Census website, Vimeo and the underwater imaging sites for Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide as well as the Smithsonian’s Oceans Hall portal and in the United Nations Video Archives. In 2015 Rick was nominated as Scuba Diving Magazines Hero of the Sea for September/October.

Presenting: "Cold as Ice"

Travel to Santa’s Playground with Scuba Diving Magazine Sea Hero, Rick Morris and experience diving under the ice, in winter, with a crew of researchers as they attempt to unlock the mysteries of Arctic Life… Meet the researchers and crew of the Polar Sea, one of the last remaining US Coast Guard Ice Breakers and witness polar bears, icebergs and the thrill of a lifetime searching for life on, in and under this frozen paradise.

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Michael Salvarezza & Christopher Weaver

Chris WeaverMichael SalvarezzaMichael Salvarezza and Christopher Weaver have been diving the waters of the world since 1978. In that time, they have spent hundreds of hours underwater and have accumulated a large and varied library of photographic images.

In 1994, Salvarezza and Weaver formed a company called Eco-Photo Explorers, a New York based organization to help promote public interest in protecting the underwater environment through knowledge and awareness using underwater photography. Their photo and freelance writing are all utilized to achieve this goal.

They have presented their work in many multi-media presentations, and have appeared previously at Beneath the Sea, Boston Sea Rovers Underwater Clinic, Our World Underwater and the Long Island Divers Association Film Festival.

Mike and Chris have been published in numerous magazines, including National Geographic Adventure, and have authored many articles for the majority of the dive publications the world over. Their work has also been used to support a number of research and educational programs, including the Jason Project for Education, the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in New York and the Cambridge University and the University of Groningen Arctic Centre work on monitoring the transformation of historic features in Antarctica and Svalbard.

Presenting: "Norway: Frontier Diving in the Land of the Vikings"

Journey north to the fabulous fjords of Norway, exploring pristine cold water environments, mysterious shipwrecks and remote river systems to unlock the underwater secrets of the land of the Vikings. Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they search for the rarely seen Ghost Shark along dramatic walls, photograph breath-taking salmon in their quest for inland spawning grounds and explore the sunken maritime history of this northern paradise.

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Michel Labrecque & Julie Ouimet

Julie Ouimet and Michel LabrecqueCanadians Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet are co-owners of N2Pix. Julie and Michel decided to go off the beaten path in 2007, leaving the corporate world behind and choosing the ocean. They are the previous owners of a PADI 5-Star IDC. Their intense passion for scuba diving and the underwater world has led them to the four corners of the world and now into underwater photography and filmmaking. N2Pix specializes in underwater imagery and scuba travel and expeditions. Largely influenced by the need to protect the ocean, lately their work has focused on shark conservation.

Published photojournalists, guest speakers at major dive conferences and short film producers, they have focused their efforts on building grass roots support for ocean related issues.

Presenting: "Diaries of the St. Lawrence - What lies Beneath"

The cold and mostly unexplored waters of the St. Lawrence, a vital waterway linking the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, are teeming with life. Diaries from the St. Lawrence is a series of nine shorts through which we discover the underwater world hidden beneath the surface of Quebec’s St. Lawrence Estuary and Saguenay Fjord.

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Larry Cohen & Olga Torrey

Olga TorreyLarry CohenLarry Cohen started diving in 1989. Because of his background as a commercial and editorial photographer, he started taking photographs underwater right from the beginning. He is a past president of The NYC Sea Gypsies, co-founder of NYUPS and crews on the NJ dive boat John Jack. His photos have appeared in such magazines as X-Ray Magazine, Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Alert Diver, Diver, Immersed, Advanced Diver, Sub Aqua Journal, InVertum and Northeast Dive News. Larry is also a technical writer for B&H Photo.

Originally from Russia Olga Torrey has been living in New York City for the past 20 years. She has a college honor degree in physical education and worked as a gym teacher, athletic director, and gym owner back in the former USSR. She is also a fine artist and Life member of the Art Students League of New York. Olga spends as much time underwater as possible. She has taken her talent as a fine artist and applied her skills to photography both above and below the water. Olga has taken underwater photographs from the warm waters of Bonaire to the green rich waters of Alaska. She crews on the NJ dive boat the John Jack. She has been published in InVertum, X-Ray Magazine, Dive, Northeast Dive News and The Ultimate Depth.

Presenting: "Cold-Water Wonderland"

When most people go diving they head to warm blue-water. But cold-water dive destinations and our own backyard have a great deal to offer. Larry and Olga will show images of the best cold-water locations. They will start on the shipwrecks of NY and NJ focusing on history and the marine life that call them home. Dutch Springs, some people love it, others hate it, but it is possible to create interesting underwater images in this quarry. Larry and Olga will cover other close-by locations including Cape Anne, Block Island, The 1000 Islands and Lake Ontario. They will than travel to Newfoundland, Spain, Croatia, California Channel Islands, British Columbia and Alaska.

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Captain Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy is the Owner and Operator of East Coast Wreck Diving and the Long Island Dive Boat "Tempest" based in Freeport. He is also the founder of the dive retailer He is a technical diving instructor holding ratings up through Trimix Instructor as well as holding SF2 and revo Rebreather instructor ratings. Tom is an active Northeast Wreck Diver, Cave Diver and Underwater Photographer.

Presenting: "Unique Underwater Tour of the USS San Diego"

The USS San Diego was a World War I armored cruiser that was sunk in 1918 off the south shore of Long Island. Today she rests 110' of water at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. At 503' long and 70' wide she can take years of diving to truly create a map of the wreck. Come aboard Tempest dive boat as Rebreather instructor, Capt Tom McCarthy, gives a unique tour around the perimeter of the wreck aided by a Diver Propulsion Vehicle and a Closed Circuit Rebreather.

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