Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Sandy. The increasing frequency of such devastating weather events demonstrates the realities of climate change and rising seas. For many coastal communities the impacts will be devastating. They have been fighting against vanishing coastlines for years with mixed results; often having no choice but to abandon properties and move buildings. Adding to this conversation are the conservationists and scientists who feel the coastlines should be left alone for a multitude of different reasons. Rising Tides explores the topic of coastline erosion, showing what has been done in the past, what is being done now, what worked, what didn’t and what the coastal areas can expect in the future. Through interviews with scientists, experts, nonprofits, homeowners, government officials, and other groups offering possible solutions, Rising Tides covers all angles of this life-threatening issue. This award winning documentary offers an interesting and educational perspective so that the viewer can decide what should or should not be done to combat this global threat in our very near future.

Film Information:

  • Directors: J. Lazarus Auerbach, Scott Duthie
  • TRT: 89 Min
  • Format: DCP
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Documentary
  • US Distributor: Cinema Libre Studio
  • IMDB


About the Filmmakers


Interviewees and Experts

  • Joseph Ferrell, Jr. (President/CEO, Resolve Marine Group)
  • Garner Corby (Special Projects Coordinator, Coastal Recovery Inc.)
  • Sarah Oktay, PHD (Director of Nantucket Field Station)
  • Jason Engle (Chief, Coastal Design Section, Jacksonville District US Army Corps of Engineers)
  • Jesse Mcninch (Oceanographer, Field Research Facility, US Army Corps of Engineers)
  • Kristen Kneifl (Resource Management Specialist, Canaveral National Seashore)
  • Walter Priest (Restoration Specialist, Wetland Design and Restoration)
  • Dr. Gary Zarillo (Professor of Oceanography, Florida Institute of Technology)
  • Dr. Benjamin Strauss (VP for Sea Level & Climate Impacts, Climate Central)
  • Thomas Ruppert (Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant)
  • Philip K. Stoddard, Phd (Mayor, South Miami, FL; Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, FIU)
  • Orrin H. Pilkey, Phd (Professor Emeritus of Earth and Ocean Science, Duke University)
  • Gary Appelson (Policy Coordinator, Sea Turtle Conservancy)
  • Dr. Chad Nelsen (CEO, Surfrider Foundation)
  • Justin Craig (Scientist)
  • Paul Jenkin (Ventura Campaign Coordinator, Surfrider Foundation)
  • Carol Dillon (Owner, Outer Banks Motel)

  • Kate White, Phd, Pe (Senior Lead for Global & Climate Change, USACE Institute for Water Resources)
  • Dr. Stanley R. Riggs (Distinguished Professor of Geology, East Carolina University)
  • Laurent Peyrondet (Mayor, City of Lacanau, France)
  • Hervé Cazenave (Deputy Mayor, City of Lacanau, France)
  • Martin Renard (Research Officer, Groupement d'Intérêt Public)
  • Jennifer Jurado (Environmental Division Director, Broward County, FL)
  • James Houston, Phd (Director Emeritus, USACE Engineer Research & Development Center)
  • Larry Beggs (President, Reef Innovations, Inc.)
  • Nicole Elko, Ph.D. (Vice President of Science & Technology, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association)
  • Dwight Burrus (Owner, Burrus Flying Service)
  • Deb Whitcraft (Founder and President, New Jersey Maritime Museum)
  • John Ratzenberger (Commissioner, Nags Head, NC)
  • Jim Marino, P.E., D.CE (: President, Taylor Engineering, Inc.)
  • Dr. Sam Merrill (President, Catalysis Adaptation Partners, LLC)
  • Sandy Williams (Scientist Emeritus, Ocean Engineering, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
  • Joan Pope (Coastal Consultant, US Army Engineers -Ret.)
  • Todd Barber - Chairman and Founder, Reef Ball Foundation