Spirit of Discovery

Film Info
Director:Eliana Alvarez Martinez
Year of Production:2017
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Science & Technology
Wildlife Protection
Running Time:60 min.


Walter Munk's brilliant scientific "failures" and pursuit of daring exploration have changed the way we understand our Blue Planet and literally helped save western civilization. His work in oceanography pioneered our modern understanding of tides, ocean circulation, and surf forecasting.

Today, at age 100, Walter Munk sets off on his last expedition. This time, it's personal. After thirty years, he's determined to see unique flying Devil Rays that bear his name before it's too late.


Expected guests: Film's subject & oceanographer Walter Munk; Patty Elkus, Executive Producer/Scripps Directors Council; Rick Elkus, Executive Producer; Maribel Guevara (discussion emcee), SFGFF Board & Directora, ECOador International Film Festival.

Free event, no ticket required.


Program Sponsors:

SFPL GreenStacksSFPL GreenStacks

Community Partners: Blue Drinks Bay Area; Blue Frontier Campaign; Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco; Exploratorium; International Ocean Film Festival; Shark Stewards;

Eliana Alvarez MartinezEliana Alvarez Martinez is an award-winning, Director and Cinematographer. As Field Director / Cinematographer of the NatGeo Wild series, Caught in the Act, Alvarez logged thousands of miles around North America, capturing cinematic tales of surprising animal encounters. For BBC Travel she ventured to some of the most remotes corners of the planet for To the Ends of the Earth. Her short documentary Baja’s Secret Miracle won the award for Best Foreign Language Film at the Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit.

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