Tsunami debris film to return to Peninsula

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

A documentary film that documents a trio of kayakers taking a survey of debris from the March 2011 Japan tsunami that has washed up on the West Clallam and Jefferson coastline finally will be returning to the Olympic Peninsula, where it was filmed during the summer of 2012.

“The Ikkatsu Project” was filmed by three kayakers, Ken Campbell, Steve Weileman and Jason Goldstein, and sold out its November world premiere in Tacoma.

“We’ll be in Port Townsend on Jan. 15 at the Quimper Unitarian church as guests of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center,” Campbell said.

Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 2333 San Juan Ave.

Tickets will be $8 at the door for a 7 p.m. showtime. No advance ticket sales are planned.

A Feb. 20 showing also tentatively is planned for Peninsula College’s Little Theater in Port Angeles.

Windblown items from a large debris field began to arrive in October 2011.

The most recent notable find is what experts said is a Japanese dock, spotted Tuesday along the coast between LaPush and the Hoh River.

Campbell began his trek last week to survey the dock, which was found on the same beach that the team surveyed during the filming of “Ikkatsu,” he posted on his blog, lastwilderness.blogspot.com.

Seattle oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer predicted that the main body of debris will arrive this winter.

Over the summer, the Ikkatsu team reported that it found sports balls, plastic toys and what might have been a partially intact Japanese house before it was pounded into wreckage by waves on the beach.

The data-gathering was coordinated with members of the science advisory team, including Ebbesmeyer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Coastal Watershed Institute.

Campbell is a writer specializing in the Pacific Northwest outdoors. Goldstein is the team’s cartographer and GIS specialist. Weileman is a documentary filmmaker and photographer.

“The Ikkatsu Project has a ‘to-do list’ that is packed with tasks for the days, weeks and months to come,” Campbell said.

The group is working on a “Kickstarter” campaign, scheduled to begin Jan. 15.

Kickstarter, at www.kickstarter.com, is “crowd-source” fundraising website that allows donors to make direct payments for
various projects.

“For 60 days, we’ll be doing everything we can to get the word out about the film we are planning for next year, documenting our 2013 trip to Augustine Island, Alaska,” Campbell said.

The trio of sea kayakers will begin a survey of debris on beaches there similar to the one they did on the Olympic Peninsula Coast and will add a study of plastic eaten by sea birds.

For the bird study, the group is working with Oikonos, an organization that supports coastal marine animal studies and conservation.

More information on the Ikkatsu Project and a trailer for the film are available at www.ikkatsuproject.org.



Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: December 23. 2012 6:17PM
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