Friday, March 15, 2013

Just Beneath the Surface

So time passed since the RRR competition, as did my camera equipment and focus. Along with Bonnie Monteleone and The Plastic Ocean Project I got to spend 2 days out at the edge of the Gulf Stream freediving in and amongst the sargassum mats as well as the millions of pieces of scraps of trash suspended and floating in the water column...

Beneath the Surface: at the Edge of the Sargassum Sea from Jason Andre Productions on Vimeo.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Reduce Reuse Reduce

Soon after Charlie Moore's visit some friends and I at The Plastic Ocean and Keep America Beautiful made a video to enter into a competition for the EPA about Reducing and Reusing before ever making it to the Recycling part. It seems most people are satisfied with a Landfill or Recycle approach, but ignore the rest of the natural instincts to make the most of what you have.

I think this is where the 1950's mindset of Planned Obsolescence plays into our culture. As far as the competition went we almost won, but it was a good reminder for me to utilize everything in the form of reducing what I consume and reusing as much as possible.

Without further ado... "Reduce Reuse Reduce"

Reduce Reuse Reduce from Jason Andre Productions on Vimeo.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Charlie Moore and Turning off the faucet

So I finally got to meet Charlie Moore right here in WIlmington. He came and spoke in his cool black bow tie, and my wife and I accompanied him and some colleagues out for dinner. He's a great guy and was super fun to talk to and get to know.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sea Turtles!!

After a long close relationship with one of the ocean's oldest creatures, the sea turtle, I had the opportunity a couple of years ago to form a relationship with one of the coolest animal hospitals in the world.

I began this relationship during my high school years as a senior intern with the National Park Service in Cape Hatteras. I learned the nesting behavior and habits of mostly loggerheads along the beaches that I surfed every day. We would identify crawls, mark nests, measure and move them if necessary, and rescue stranded turtles. I also learned the sad but necessary procedure of sea turtle necropsy for those poor spirits that didn't make it. It was a pretty awesome journey that led to attaining my marine biology degree from UNCW.

After running some marine biology camps for UNCW and almost a decade later I found myself running surf camps for WB Surf Camp. During my first winter I was given the opportunity to develop Sea Turtle Camp, a marine biology camp for teens. I also got to meet Jean Beasley, the founder of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital in Topsail Beach, NC.

Bonnie and I spent a breezy fall after noon with Jean and got some awesome testimonial of her vision and what she has seen in her many years as a teacher and care giver to both people and the environment. The magical part though, was when we got to actually participate in a sea turtle release. I took al of the elements and put them together for the above video to both promote the hospital as well as give other teens the same experience I was able to have many years ago.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

If the Ocean Could Talk

After creating PSA's for other affiliates on the west coast, Bonnie and I began digging around in our own backyard and working with the lovely Jennifer O'Keefe at Keep America Beautiful on a project we were calling "If the Ocean Could Talk". We began meeting and interviewing kids around our local coastal southeastern communities and leaders of community conservation including the monofilamant recycling program, the Duke Lab in Beaufort, Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital, and others.

From the mountains to the sea we documented trash as gravity and the water cycle pulled it from the land, downstream, into the ocean, and regurgitated it back onto our shores. But the problem doesn't stop there. We asked the question, "If the ocean could talk, what would it say?"'s been telling me a lot of things over the past couple of years...some of it amazing and beautiful and some of it tragic and enraging. What do you think it would say if the ocean could talk?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Defending the Ocean

Some time after having worked with Bonnie and meeting some of the amazing connections she had  we received the opportunity to work with an unreal grassroots group out of Huntington Beach, CA. They passed on some incredible footage they had from cleaning up ghost ships, nets, and abandoned fishing gear that we edited down.

My lovely wife provided the voiceover, while I worked to create a soundtrack that would be fitting to an ocean that was both mournful and easily enraged. While abandoned gear is sometimes a necessary evil when a fishing boat is in danger of capsizing and losing human life, the lost nets can be a floating death trap for anything that comes near, turtles, seal, whales, dolphins, birds, and pretty much anything that swims in the ocean. Even boats and divers are weary of such navigational hazards.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Where it all began...

5 years ago I rediscovered my path in life.

Growing up in Cape Hatteras, swimming, surfing, fishing, and playing in the ocean was my life. Everything in my life seems to have been directly affected by the friends, my hobbies, my University choice, my degree, my travels. They've all been directly impacted by my need and desire to be by or in the ocean. It's all just one ocean after all, and it doesn't matter which land mass you are stepping off of to enter it. I derive my energy, my inspiration, and my love of life from the ocean. The energy created by the sun transforms itself from one medium to another before unleashing its power in the form of waves and currents along our shores. It is so vast and powerful. It drives global temperatures and weather, it provides more food and oxygen in the world than all of the rain forests combined. It is a unique, beautiful, and mysterious place. I yearn to be in it, to go deeper into it and to continue learning from it.

The more I learn about it, the more I learn about how tragic the human existence is impacting it. There is no greater destructive force than the human race when it comes to our own planet. We are lazy, we are wasteful, we are suckers for consumerism, and we are for the most part either ignorant of our own practices or struggling to survive in a global economy that is distancing the few from the many.

5 years ago I was returning from playing a music festival when my flight home from Atlanta got canceled at 1am. I randomly met 5 other strangers who all worked together to drive through the night to get home.One of them was Bonnie Monteleone. She had just returned from a trip to California meeting with Charlie Moore ( We inquired as to what the other person was doing on their respective trip. I had been playing my didjeridoos of course and she had been brainstorming a PSA about plastics and marine debris that needed some cowbell...err...I mean didjeridoo! Coincidence?

This is where it all began...

Stay tuned as the story unravels over the next few weeks and the future of our planet unfolds Deep Down in the Ocean...