Tickets selling out fast for tsunami debris film

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

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The trailer for a documentary film about Clallam and Jefferson counties’ Pacific Coast and incoming tsunami debris has been released online and tickets for the world premiere are on sale.

“Ikkatsu: The Roadless Coast” was filmed on the Olympic Peninsula coastline in June, July and August, and followed a team of three sea kayakers as they surveyed West End beaches to track debris from the 2011 Great Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

The film trailer can be seen online at

A world premiere screening of “Ikkatsu: The Roadless Coast” will be held at The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma, said Ken Campbell, one of the expedition’s three members.

Tickets can be ordered by phone at 253-691-7941.

It is already hard to come by tickets to the Nov. 14 premiere. The 7 p.m. showing is sold out, and tickets for the 8:30 p.m. showing are going fast, Campbell said.

There will be showings of the film in Clallam County in February, but the exact dates and times are not yet scheduled, he said.

The three kayakers traveled 60 miles of mostly roadless coastline in four trips, from Neah Bay to the north to Ruby Beach to the south, and around Destruction Island.

In July, Campbell said that with few roads to access the coast in that area, trash built up with little or no dumping, monitoring or cleanup, so it was a good place to track ocean-borne debris.

The debris traveled ocean and wind currents after the March 2011 disaster that killed 15,854 people, injured 26,992 and left 3,155 missing.

Lightweight, windblown items from a debris field with an estimated 5 million tons of wreckage began to arrive in October or September 2011, and Seattle oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer predicted that the main body of the wreckage will begin to arrive this winter.

The team reported that they found sports balls, plastic toys and a pile of wreckage that might have been a partially intact Japanese house before being pounded into wreckage by waves on the beach.

Campbell is an author specializing in the Pacific Northwest outdoors.

Jason Goldstein is the team’s cartographer and GIS specialist. Steve Weileman is a documentary filmmaker and photographer.

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

On Friday, Campbell met with members of the Coastal Watershed Institute to turn over the completed survey of the beaches, Campbell said.

“Ikkatsu” is a Japanese word that translates as “united as one,” Campbell said, noting that debris from the Japan disaster arriving on the North American beaches shows the linkage between the two people.

Washington chapters of the Surfrider Foundation are contributed financial support for expedition operating expenses.

Ikkatsu is affiliated with Global Adventure Guides, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Coastal Watershed Institute, The Last Wilderness, 5 Gyres and Essex Explorations.

Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at

Last modified: October 15. 2012 5:52PM
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