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Sea Shepherd Unveils New Anti-Poaching Vessel

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the direct-action marine organization, unveiled its newest vessel, the M/V Sharpie, at a press conference, Monday, December 11th at 11:00 am at the 5th Street Marina in Miami, Fla.

Chris Sharp, Paul Watson, Sandy Yawn

The group’s founder, president, and CEO, Captain Paul Watson, greeted media, fans, and local residents who came to the unveiling ceremony on the bow of the ship. Speaking to the crowd, Watson announced that the vessel would be joining its sister ships the M/V Farley Mowat and the M/V John Paul DeJoria in the Sea of Cortez for Operation Milagro IV, a campaign to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. All three ships are 110 ft. Island-class patrol boats.

“With this vessel, I believe we will be able to cover the vaquita refuge 100 percent and make a very serious impact,” said Watson, before going on to explain that
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Sea Shepherd, Taino Warriors And Michelle Rodriguez Team To Provide Sustainable Tools To Puerto Rico

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has partnered with Taino Warriors and actor/activist Michelle Rodriguez on a campaign to help the hurricane ravaged and economically impacted island of Puerto Rico rebuild in a sustainable manner.

Video: Taino Spirit Promise Campaign Video

The campaign, titled Operation Taino Spirit Promise, comes 75 days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, forcing a complete rebuild of its already weakened infrastructure.

In the spirit of Puerto Rico’s indigenous Taino people, Operation Taino Spirit Promise, will deliver supplies to local Puerto Rican NGOs committed to rebuilding Puerto Rico sustainably focusing on the areas of environment, eco-agriculture and children’s mental health and education.

The vessel will also retrieve plastics and raw materials off the island, alleviating the pressure from Puerto Rico’s over-flowing landfills. The campaign is set to launch mid-December and continue into 2018.

“Taino Spirit Promise will identify disrupters & change makers in Puerto Rico to empower
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‘Confessions Of An Eco-Terrorist’ Sequel Sets Sail; Saban Films & Mongrel Media Pact For Canada; More – Afm Briefs

‘Confessions Of An Eco-Terrorist’ Sequel Sets Sail; Saban Films & Mongrel Media Pact For Canada; More – Afm Briefs
Lon Haber & Company has acquired worldwide sales rights to Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist 2, a sequel to the 2010 documentary that chronicled the efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to protect wildlife on a global scale. The original docu from Peter Jay Brown spawned an Animal Planet docuseries. The sequel movie is being shown to buyers at the American Film Market. Brown returns to capture the exploits of Captain Paul Watson including more never-seen footage…
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Michelle Rodriguez on How Climate Change is Affecting Baby Seals: ‘What I Saw Is an Ecological Disaster’

Michelle Rodriguez on How Climate Change is Affecting Baby Seals: ‘What I Saw Is an Ecological Disaster’
Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd has dedicated his life, and at times his safety, to protecting the harp seals of Canada from brutal, club-wielding sealers who kill the animals for their pelts.

“Forty years ago on March 15th, 1977, French film star Brigitte Bardot traveled to the ice floes off the Eastern Coast of Canada to focus attention on the slaughter of baby whitecoat seals,” Captain Watson recently wrote in an open letter on Sea Shepherd. “Her arrival was met with hostility by Newfoundland sealers and by the Canadian government, yet despite harassment and ugly threats she rode in my
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Efm: Ddi to launch sales on 'Heidi: Queen Of The Mountain'

Efm: Ddi to launch sales on 'Heidi: Queen Of The Mountain'
Exclusive: CEO Jason Moring of Toronto-based Double Dutch International heads to Berlin with worldwide rights to the celebrated Swiss story starring Bill Nighy.

Heidi: Queen Of The Mountain takes place in a small mountain village where 15-year-old Heidi lives a carefree life with her grandfather.

When she is discovered skipping school Heidi is sent to live with a wealthy professor in the city where the governess of the house is hiding a dark secret.

Heidi must save the day in order to reunite with her grandfather. The film stars Nighy as Grandpa and newcomer Samantha Allison as Heidi.

Bhavna Talwar directs from a screenplay by Paul Watson and Simon Wright based on Johanna Spyri’s classic 1881 children’s books. The project is in post.

Heidi is conceived as the first in a trilogy of family films. Sheetal Vinod Talwar and Simon Wright are producing.

Ddi is extremely excited to bring this modern re-telling of such a historical
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Interview: How to Change the World Executive Producer Stewart Le Marechal

Joshua Gill chats with How to Change the World executive producer Stewart Le Marechal

Joshua Gill: What initially started the idea for the film?

Stewart Le Marechal: Jerry kind of just stumbled onto the story of Greenpeace actually. He was in Amsterdam working with some archive footage for another film, when he saw this guy in the corner of the room looking at these images of steam boats and wandered over to ask what they were. He said that Greenpeace were bringing all their archive footage from around the world to this one place to figure out what to throw out and what to keep. That initially sparked the interest, and just off that we proceeded to watch a few hours of footage. We then spent a little of our own money converting the 16mm films and Jerry took that away to play around with and put some scenes together.
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Unity Documentary Opens Worldwide Beginning August 12; Features 100 Celebrity Narrators

Featuring an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators, the timely documentary Unity will be distributed by SpectiCast in select theatres worldwide beginning August 12.

Written and directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings), produced by Melissa Danis and Monson, the film explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and our responsibility to do better. A production of Monson’s Nation Earth, Unity will is expected to premiere on 1000-1200+ screens across the globe. SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. Tickets and more information including participating theatre locations and global distribution partners coming soon.

Seven years in the making, Unity explores humanity’s impact on the world and our opportunity for transformation. Presented in chapters, Unity takes an in-depth look at what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and, ultimately, hope. Coupled with stunning cinematography, Unity is a singular and unforgettable cinematic experience.
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Documentary ‘Unity’ Set for Aug. 12 Release with 100 Star Narrators

Documentary ‘Unity’ Set for Aug. 12 Release with 100 Star Narrators
Shaun Monson’s documentary “Unity,” featuring 100 celebrity narrators, will be distributed by SpectiCast at 1,000 to 1,200 screens worldwide beginning Aug. 12, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film comes a decade after Monson’s documentary “Earthlings,” which explored humanity’s relationships with other animals. Produced by Melissa Danis and Monson through Nation Earth, “Unity” explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and hope.

SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. The deal was announced Wednesday at CinemaCon.

Celebrities lending their voices to this powerful film include Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Smart, Anjelica Huston, Anton Yelchin, Arian Foster, Arlene Martel, Balthazar Getty, Ben Kingsley, Ben Whishaw, Beth Hart, Brandon Boyd, Caroline Goodall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Casey Affleck, Catherine Tate, Claire Forlani, Cloris Leachman, Common, Damien Mander, David Copperfield,
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See Pictures expands

Jamie Hilton.s See Pictures and its low-budget financing, production and distribution arm Ticket to Ride are set to expand after adding two key executives and an internal promotion.

Writer-director Ben C. Lucas (Wasted on the Young) has joined See Pictures as creative director to drive development and acquisitions.

Producer Michael Pontin, who was a co-producer on Josh Lawson.s The Little Death and associate producer on Michael Petroni.s Backtrack, has been promoted to head of Ticket to Ride.

All-media producer Ester Harding has joined the team to work with Hilton across all areas of the business.

Lucas, who had been doing some consulting work for Hilton, is also attached to direct for See Pictures the sci-fi thriller Otherlife, an adaptation of Kelly Eskridge.s novel Solitaire, which follows a woman who seems destined for greatness in a massive corporate entity that controls the world but quickly becomes a pariah and a murderer.
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Review: 'How To Change The World' looks at the birth of Greenpeace with some stumbles

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Review: 'How To Change The World' looks at the birth of Greenpeace with some stumbles
There are good ideas aplenty in Jerry Rothwell's "How To Change The World," which earned an Opening Night slot at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will be part of the World Documentary Competition. Although its heroes are the founders of Greenpeace and pioneers of the modern environmental movement, "How To Change The World" isn't a blindly unquestioning piece of hero-worship. It's a warts-and-all look at idealism realized, idealism diverted and the fallibility of people with those highest of ideals. Rothwell's film has interesting ideas about the power of propaganda and the manufacturing of a political movement. It also has impressive participation from the available principles in the movement, many of whom have changed perspectives intriguingly in the 40 years since the instigating events in the story, events that astoundingly well-documented at the time. The back-and-forth between the self-representation of the early Greenpeace home movies and Rothwell's contemporary check-in offer both
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Sundance Film Review: ‘How to Change the World’

Sundance Film Review: ‘How to Change the World’
How to Change the World” charts the earliest days of Greenpeace as a group of Vancouver-based “eco-freaks” improvised their way into starting a global movement. Largely told through 16mm footage from an organizational archive of some 1,500 film cans that this documentary just begins to tap, Jerry Rothwell’s film focuses engagingly on the human dynamics, particularly the role of late leader Bob Hunter. The result will be a natural for educational and nature-oriented broadcast networks.

Hunter was a Vancouver Sun reporter whose intense interest in environmental issues landed him at the crux of an original group that reflected the city’s early Me Decade status as an equal-opportunity mecca for American draft dodgers, fishermen, spiritual seekers and more anarchistic counterculturalists. “Greenpeace” was more a coinage for a banner than anything else at first, as a loose consortium of activists planned a disruption of President Nixon’s planned five-megaton nuclear explosion
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Martin Sheen Christens Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Newest Vessel on October 18

This Saturday. October 18, 2014 at 10:30 Am, in the Marina Harbor Anchorage in Marina del Rey, California, award-winning actor and activist Martin Sheen joins Captain Oona Layolle, veteran of five Sea Shepherd campaigns, along with Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Founder, Lisa Agabian, Sea Shepherd USA Director of Media Rels & Comms and Farrah Smith, Sea Shepherd USA Senior Leadership Giving & Dev. Officer, who will speak to the media, christen the new ship and announce its name.This press conference is presented by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA featuring long-time celebrity supporter Martin Sheen who has campaigned with the […]
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Charlie Sheen -- My 'Whale Wars' Boat Has Been Seized!

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The Danish Navy is about to feel the wrath of Charlie Sheen ... because he tells TMZ they've illegally seized a boat he donated to Paul Watson and his boys over at "Whale Wars."Sheen tells TMZ ... he purchased a 40-foot Zodiac, the Bs Sheen, for Watson ... but it was seized late Saturday and perhaps even destroyed. Sheen is understandably upset, but says he's proud a boat with his name has been out there doing good work.
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‘Whale Wars’ Gets a Jumbo-Size Special

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‘Whale Wars’ Gets a Jumbo-Size Special
Get ready for a whale of a time in December. Animal Planet’s reality series “Whale Wars” will air a two-hour special on Dec. 13 at 9 p.m., the network said Thursday. Also read: ‘Whale Wars’ Boat Rammed by Japanese Ship The special chronicles the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s 2012 “Zero Tolerance” mission and finds the group at a crossroads after its leader, Greenpeace co-founder Paul Watson, is forced to step down from his leadership position. Watson left the job after a court decision placed strict constrictions on how the group can interact with Japanese whaling vessels. With four rookie captains continuing the mission.
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Epix Picks Up Amar’e Stoudemire Documentary

Epix has lined up original documentary Amar’e Stoudemire: In The Moment, an intimate look at the life and upbringing of basketball great Amar’e Stoudemire and his quest to bring a championship to New York before he finishes his career. It will premiere April 19, on the eve of the NBA playoffs. Amar’e Stoudemire: In The Moment joins seven new documentaries premiering in Epix Docs, a weekly showcase airing Wednesdays at 8 Pm Et. Here is a full list: April 3: Lunarcy! (An Epix Original Documentary) – Lunarcy! follows an unforgettable group of unique characters, whose obsession with the moon and lunar colonization has given birth to utopian dreams of truly galactic proportions. Starring Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the Moon, among other memorable characters, Lunarcy! will play at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. April 10: Charles Bradley: Soul of America (An Epix Original Documentary) - The
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'Whale Wars' Stars Dealt Blow, Labeled Pirates By Federal Judge

'Whale Wars' Stars Dealt Blow, Labeled Pirates By Federal Judge
A group of anti-whaling advocates was dealt a harsh rebuke Monday after a United States federal appeals court labeled them pirates.

On Feb. 25, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an earlier decision by a Seattle trial judge that sided with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the Associated Press reports. In his ruling, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski agreed with the Japanese groups who originally filed suit against Sea Shepherd in 2011, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer notes.

The society, founded by Paul Watson, has long been known for its aggressive tactics in working to disrupt whaling vessels, according to USA Today. (Sea Shepherd ships are featured in the popular Animal Planet series "Whale Wars.")

Writing for the court, Kozinski said Sea Shepherd ships are in the wrong for the tactics they use in their quest to hinder Japanese whaling activities.

"You don't need a peg leg or an eye patch," he wrote,
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'Whale Wars' Star -- I Didn't Sink That Boat

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Paul Watson -- the animal rights activist who stars on "Whale Wars" -- tells TMZ he's been Falsely accused of sinking the famous Ady Gil anti-whaling ship ... and is now pointing the finger at the ship's captain. We broke the story ... Watson is being sued by the ship's namesake Ady Gil -- who claims he owned the vessel and leased it to Watson's Sea Shepherd organization. In his suit, Gil says the ship suffered minor
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'Whale Wars' Star Paul Watson Sued -- You Sank My Boat and Blamed the Japanese

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The star of the reality show "Whale Wars" Lied about the fate of the show's most famous ship ... falsely telling the media it sank due to a crash with Japanese whalers, when in fact he secretly Sabotaged the boat himself for publicity ... this according to a new lawsuit. Paul Watson (above) --  founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society -- has been sued by Ady Gil ... who claims he owned the famous Ady Gil ship featured on "Whale Wars.
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What to Watch: Nunsense on House, Xiii Spies U.S. Debut, Gravity Falls' Monster Mash and More

What to Watch: Nunsense on House, Xiii Spies U.S. Debut, Gravity Falls' Monster Mash and More
On TV this Friday: A memorable House call, the Common Lawmen engage in role play, Xiii‘s number is up and Gravity Falls and Chasing UFOs know the truth is out there (but go about finding it in very different ways). Here are eight programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm House (Fox) | It’s all Chase, all the time in this Repeat to Revisit, when Princeton Plainsboro’s alert!] future Head of Diagnostics returns to work after his stabbing and treats a pretty nun.

8:30 pm House Hunters on Vacation (Hgtv) | A Minnesota family who’s never been far from
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'You've Got To Protect Sea Life'

'You've Got To Protect Sea Life'
In this edition of "You've Got," "Whale Wars" stars Shannon Mann and Chad Halstead discuss their work with the ocean conservancy organization Sea Shepherd. The group, according to their website, aims "to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species" by using "innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary." According to Halstead, "Sea Shepherd is unique in itself because it's the only one that's actually going out and physically intervening with a lot of illegal activity."

The organization recently garnered attention when their founder, Paul Watson, was arrested and subsequently released from a German jail after Costa Rica claimed he endangered a fishing boat and crew in 2002. Only a few months earlier, a Sea Shepherd boat called the Bob Barker disrupted a Japanese fishing vessel with lasers and flares, hoping to prevent
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