The Forest Stands Tall

From kelp forests in the ocean to trees on land, life evolved towards community. As the world changes rapidly, it is important we learn from nature and reflect on the strength of diversity. First-time filmmaker Abbey Dias is a graduate student at Sonoma State University studying kelp forest ecology and restoration. She merges film and science to reveal how deeply the ocean is intertwined within our lives, and why we need to protect it.

  • Abbey Dias
  • Abbey Dias
  • Abbey Dias
  • Abbey Dias
    Underwater Footage
  • Owen Davis-Bower
    Drone Footage
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Lyrical, Artistic, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 13, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 1080p
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Abbey Dias

As a budding underwater filmmaker, photographer, and scientist, Abbey Dias (24) amplifies the importance of threatened ocean ecosystems. She is a graduate student at Sonoma State University studying bull kelp forest ecology and restoration on the northern coast of California. This is her first self-produced film.

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Director Statement

This film is dedicated to those who protect our forests and our communities. We need each other.