WILLEMSTAD – In its efforts to develop the local film, television, and digital media industry the Curaçao Film Institute (CFI) has signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding with the renowned filmmaker and ocean conservationist Fabien Cousteau to bring his oceanographic institute, the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (OLC), to Curaçao.
Fabien Cousteau’s grandfather was the world-famous ocean explorer, filmmaker and conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau, inventor of the first aqualung and high-pressure underwater camera. Following in his family’s footsteps, Fabien has launched several exploration missions in order to conserve marine ecosystems. He has produced the CBS documentary Shark: Mind of a Demon and participated in PBS’ Ocean Adventures TV series. In June 2014, he descended off the coast of The Florida Keys to begin Mission 31 with the goal of surpassing his grandfather’s record of spending 30 days underwater to pay homage to his role model. After 31 days of underwater research, Fabien surpassed his grandfather’s record and managed to collect years worth of data in his time underwater. This experience led Fabien Cousteau to establish the Ocean Learning Center to raise awareness, educate, and inform all citizens of the world of ways to protect and preserve the planet’s waters and endangered marine habitats and marine life.
The Curaçao Film Institute, Fabien Cousteau, and Relativity Education have agreed to develop the Fabien Cousteau OLC Underwater Cinematography Program at the Relativity School Curaçao branch campus. Students in this program will have the exclusive opportunity to study the art of underwater filmmaking through the guidance of Fabien Cousteau. They will also have the chance to work on projects such as documenting OLC programs, generating visual content for both marketing and educational purposes, and collaborating on exciting documentary films that Fabien Cousteau is developing.
By utilizing the natural habitat surrounding the island, CFI believes that the combination of the Fabien Cousteau brand, the underwater cinematography school, and CFI’s planned above- and underwater studios, will firmly guarantee Curaçao’s place as an international leader in underwater media production.
(Curaçao Chronicle, Oct 21st, 2016)