The Understory Film Festival recently wrapped up its ninth annual edition, with the Munro Martin Parklands in Cairns, Australia hosting more than 1,000 guests who supported the local community’s film industry over the course of two weekends. Film lovers sat under the stars to enjoy 19 locally-made short films chosen from a record number of submissions.
Among the 10 category winners was super-talented underwater photographer and videographer (and DPG contributor) Julia Sumerling, whose short film 3000 Reefs bagged the top award in the Open Film Category. Shot in Julia’s backyard of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea (she’s the longtime photo-video pro for GBR gurus Mike Ball Expeditions), the film is so-named because the GBR is not a single reef but is in fact made up of more than 3,000 reefs.
The film is particularly powerful because of the affecting music that accompanies it, a piece entitled “Daughters of Sol” by Iranian-Dutch composer Aftab Darvishi that was commissioned for 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire and performed by the Grammy-award-winning Kronos Quartet.
If you haven’t seen the film—and listened to the music—you must. And after you’ve done that, make sure to check out Jules’ absolutely essential “Underwater Photographer’s Guide to the Great Barrier Reef” on DPG.