Mandy-Rae's film takes the Festival

June 13, 2009 (Savannah, Georgia) —With over 200 ocean-related film entries from around the world, BLUE Ocean Film Festival awarded its Best of Festival award to The Cove, produced by Oceanic Preservation Society. The award was accepted by filmmakers Simon Hutchins and Greg “Moondog” Mooney. Finalists for Best of Festival included The Cove, Call of the Killer Whale (Ocean Futures Society), Saving Luna (Mountainside Film), Terra Antarctica (Oceans 8), The Great Tide (BBC Natural History Unit) and Wild Ocean (Giant Screen Films).

Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, and her husband, Kirk Krack joined the Oceanic Preservation Society in an effort to document and put an end to the tragic practice of dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. Using their expert freediving skills, Mandy-Rae and Kirk took great risks to set the hidden cameras and microphones needed in the making of The CoveDeeperBlue congratulates OPS, Kirk and Mandy-Rae for their tenacity and courage in making such a remarkable film. View all the festival winners at

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An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency dive instructor, PFI Safety Supervisor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.

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