Slide-Night is an evening of 10 minute slide presentations by 10 presenters who are thought leaders, artists, craftsmen, athletes, activists, scientists and personalities intimately connected to the ocean. It will be an informal, fun gathering where creative people get together to share ideas, works and adventures. Our intention is to create a vibrant, “real” social network where inspiring ideas and energy can be shared. There will be beer breaks for networking and a DJ after the presentations.
Slide Night happens on Thursday 13th December at Superette Cafe in the new Woodstock Exchange development in Cape Town. Slide Night is brought to you by Pick n Pay and the Save Our Seas Foundation.
Alan van Gysen is one of South Africa’s most respected surf photographers and the assistant editor at Zigzag magazine. With an inextinguishable drive and natural flair he has spent the past 12 years carving his mark into the local and international scene. His dedication to his craft has seen him capturing the artistry of South Africa’s and the world’s top surfers. Alan’s style is unmistakable. Preferring to shoot from the water he feeds off his subject’s energy, bringing his personal perspective to the moment and creating a tailored fusion of motion, time and space.
Lauren De Vos (MSc Conservation Biology) Researcher – University of Cape Town’s Marine Research Institute. Two things dictate how I live my life: I love to learn, and I’d be delighted never to come indoors again. My research has sent me chasing baboons up mountains, facing buffalo head-on and wading through flooding rivers. I’ve dedicated my life to the ocean for now, conducting the first GoPro survey of False Bay and developing cameras for conservation.
Jen Sale-Kuttel has traveled extensively- by comfortable air conditioned car, by air on terrifying flights in Madagascar as well as the up-graded bliss of BA, on some pretty horrific trains in India and overcrowded buses in Zambia, but nothing prepared her, an ocean novice, for traveling around the world on a small yacht! Jen's husband Rijk, an experienced yachtsman & brother James, another totally inexperienced sailor, made up the 3 man crew on S/V uMoya. Together they spent 21 months on a circumnavigation of the globe.
Steve Pike, or Spike in the surfing community, founded Wavescape.co.za. An author, journalist and lecturer in swell dynamics, Steve co-directs the Wavescape Film Festival, which screens surfing, extreme spots and ocean conservation films on Reunion Island, Durban and Cape Town. Spike's two passions - waves and words - and more latterly widgets, has served to popularise the Wavescape surf report amongst not just surfers, but other marine enthusiasts.
I’m a normal guy, facing the usual problems, obstacles, struggles and hurdles in life like everyone else. I’m not full-time paid surfing professional athlete at all, I work damn hard for a living, to pay the bills, like most of us, running my own small business, while trying to train and compete internationally, whenever I can afford the time, the opportunity and the flights, to get there for a couple of events. Chris is a TEDx Guest speaker,global Motivational Keynote speaker, a recent Winner of the Mavericks BigWave International event in the biggest surf in the history of the sport. Hehas organized and broken records paddling and raising money for charitieslike the Cancer Association and Reach for a Dream foundation.
Andrew Ingram was appointed Sea Rescue’s marketing manager in July 2010. He will be concentrating on showing the work that the volunteers do using his experience in news photography, journalism and multi-media. Andrew is an international award-winning news photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. After studying photojournalism at Port Elizabeth technikon he joined The Argus as a junior photographer in 1988, working his way up through the ranks. He then joined Weekend Argus as Chief Photographer where he worked until 2004. From there he moved to the Cape Times and in early 2008 was made Deputy Illustrations Editor at Independent Newspapers, Cape where he worked until mid 2010.
Hanli is an 11 times South African Freediving Record Holder, filmmaker and avid Ocean Adventurer. She has a background in acting, documentary film making as well as over ten years of competitive freediving experience. Her documentary work has taken her into the front-lines of social political conflict all over Africa, from Burundi to Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe to name a few. Hanli is a strong believer in the greatness of the human spirit under the toughest of circumstances, having seen beauty and hope flourish where least expected.
Conn Bertish is the Executive Creative Director of JWT Cape Town. He is passionate about positive work that is fundamentally different to the norm. He has won Gold, Silver and Bonze awards at all the major advertising festivals in the world: most recently winning a yellow pencil at last years D&AD Awards as well as South Africa’s only Gold at the One Show Awards the previous year. He has been selected to judge this year’s Cannes Lions Awards and looks forward to sampling some tubes in Hossegor.
Janine is the Manager of WWF South Africa’s Seafood Consumer Awareness programme, otherwise known as WWF-SASSI. Originally from Namibia, Janine moved down four years ago to take up this position with the WWF and her work over the last few years with restaurants, retailers and consumers alike resonates with her on a deeply personal and spiritual level, and continues to be the main impetus for her unrelenting motivation to see South African consumers’ palates for seafood shift to more sustainable options. It is the combination of robust science (which underpins the SASSI listing) and communications ability (which is necessary to inspire and empower consumers amongst a barrage of depressing conservation messages) that underpins Janine’s passion for marine conservation.
Brothers Craig and Damon Foster are widely regarded as South Africa’s top documentary filmmakers. With over 16 years of experience shooting and directing, and having received of 50 international awards, the Foster brothers have deservedly carved themselves a niche in global film circles.
For more than a decade the Foster Brothers have been at the film front of the African renaissance, using media to turn the tide on negative attitudes. They have reached an audience of over 300 million people by using Africa’s voice first hand. The filmmakers have a passion and commitment to the natural world and the relationship between human and nature has deeply influenced they’re style of film making and the stories they seek out. The last 10 years have been characterized by the brothers’ experience with hunter gatherer communities in the Kalahari to the Dogon of Mali and underwater in the world of Great White and Tiger sharks. Current projects include “Into the Dragon’s Lair” which was nominated for an Emmy Award and broadcast around the world on the Discovery International network. This has lead to “Touching the Dragon” and “Dragon’s Feast” which pioneered 3D Natural History film making in Africa and was filmed in Central America and Southern Africa.