David Conover – Conservationist & Filmmaker
“Filming the Sea: Past and Future”
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Award-winning filmmaker David Conover shares stories and clips from 25 years of filming the dynamic interface between land and sea. David has toted a camera along some of the most extreme coasts on earth, from Newfoundland to Madagascar and Svalbard to the Galápagos. His past adventures include an around-the-world voyage with geneticist Craig Venter, an excavation of the pirate Captain Kidd’s ship, and the journey from an analog era into the digital age. David will also discuss current work with the Conservation Media Group, which tackles stories about sanctuary for marine life, reducing ocean plastic, and transitioning to a low-carbon future.
David Conover was raised in a New England family with strong ties to the sea and a tradition of active storytelling. He is founder and executive director of Compass Light, a 25-year-old production company that has produced over 600 productions, many exploring the human relationship to the ocean and the outdoors. The company was named a Global Top 100 by Realscreen. In 2003, Compass Light created and developed “Experiential” or “Slow TV,” with its Sunrise Earth series (Discovery). In 2015, they produced their first 4K VOD series, titled Big Picture Earth (CuriosityStream). Three years ago, David founded the Conservation Media Group, a non-profit initiative that builds communication capacity for work targeting urgent ocean and energy challenges via workshops, residencies, grants and placement of fellows with partner conservation organizations. Recently, David was also the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College in Maine, where he lives with his family.