“My Octopus Teacher” follows producer-narrator Craig Foster as he free-dives in a chilly underwater kelp forest in South Africa and develops a relationship with a wild frequent octopus and paperwork a yr within the uncommon (and exquisite) friendship. The hit nature documentary, Netflix’s first unique doc from South Africa, additionally marked Ehrlich’s directorial debut.
The movie debuted to important acclaim in September 2020, and has since gained greater than 20 worldwide awards, together with the celebrated Wildscreen Golden Panda, Jackson Gap’s Grand Teton, the IDA’s Pare Lorentz and a PGA Award.
Ehrlich is nominated for the Academy Award for finest documentary function alongside co-director James Reed and Foster. Ehrlich and Reed are additionally nominated for a DGA Award for excellent directorial achievement in documentaries. Ehrlich can also be nominated for an ACE Eddie Award for finest edited documentary function with Dan Schwalm.
In his assessment of the movie for Selection, Man Lodge stated the “engaging, massively crowdpleasing Netflix documentary goes out of its way to humanize these amorphous aliens of the sea: both through standard anthropomorphic techniques familiar from the nature-doc playbook of Attenborough and Disney alike, and through the empathetic presence of its producer-narrator.”
Along with directing the movie, for the final 5 years, Ehrlich has been part of the Sea Change Mission, exploring the underwater forests of Cape City and modifying the photographic e-book “Sea Change: Primal Joy and the Art of Underwater Tracking.”
The filmmaker beforehand labored as an environmental journalist, specializing within the discipline of marine science and conservation. Ehrlich has labored with a few of the world’s high marine researchers and underwater photographers and has been an avid freediver for greater than a decade.