Virtual screening and Q&A

Blue Beacon Series: Hidden Pacific


13 Aug, 2020


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The deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean are teeming with life. Islands that barely rise above the ocean’s surface are home to massive seabird rookeries, and underneath the waves, vibrant coral reefs that give life to species found nowhere else on Earth. These wild and wondrous protected waters encompass the healthiest coral reefs in U.S. waters as well as some of the most pristine atolls on Earth. They also help safeguard a rich cultural history that spans millennia—from Polynesian sacred sites to World War II battlegrounds.

Explore these wondrous places through Hidden Pacific, a pioneering film profiling the Pacific Ocean’s protected and remote marine national monuments and national wildlife refuge islands. Then, join the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for a live Q&A event on August 13th at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT/1:30 pm HT with filmmaker Ian Shive to discuss his film, the beauty and biodiversity of Pacific marine sanctuaries and monuments, and the need to protect them for our shared future.

Step 1: REGISTER for the event (Free)

Step 2: VIEW the film Hidden Pacific (Link and secure password sent on Aug. 13)

Step 3: JOIN us on Facebook Live for Q&A on August 13th (Check in as “Going” on the Facebook event page now to be notified when the Q&A begins!)

Despite the protections offered by sanctuary or monument status, these amazing places remain under threat. Click below to voice your support for protecting Pacific marine national monuments and sanctuaries for future generations.

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About Hidden Pacific

Hidden Pacific (40 mins)

Directed by award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and conservationist Ian Shive, Hidden Pacific is a pioneering film profiling the Pacific Ocean’s protected and remote national wildlife refuge islands and marine national monuments.



About Ian Shive

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Aleutian Islands, Alaska: Host of The Last Unknown, Ian Shive, with his cinematography camera.

Ian Shive is an Ansel Adams Award-winning American filmmaker and photographer whose work documents some of the world’s most pristine environments and brings to the public important conservation stories from around the globe. In 2020, Ian Shive launched a new series on Discovery Channel titled Nature in Focus, where he explores our planet as host and executive producer. In 2019, Ian led several expeditions to some of the world’s most remote coral atolls for the giant-screen film, Hidden Pacific, which he directed and produced. Hidden Pacific brings to life in IMAX 3D the vibrant marine national monuments at the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean — thriving ecosystems filled with colorful coral reefs, large colonies of birds, and threatened species that depend on these habitats for survival. Based in Los Angeles, Ian is also the founder and CEO of Tandem Stills + Motion, a leading outdoor media company. For more information, visit or to watch Ian’s other videos, visit @ianshivephoto on social media.

Last month, Ian was a panelist at Capitol Hill Ocean Week’s session on Inspiring Action with Media and Art.

About the Blue Beacon Series

The National Marine Sanctuary’s Blue Beacon Series aims to bring to light the ocean and Great Lakes’ biggest challenges through panels, lectures, and film screenings hosted around the country in order to build communities of support for marine protected areas. This series builds on the momentum of Capitol Hill Ocean Week, the nation’s premier conference on ocean and Great Lakes policy issues by bringing these important conversations into locally relevant contexts. For more information, visit


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