Archive for October, 2007


Help us opening weekend! (13 Comments)

Hello beautiful people,
Hopefully you’ve heard of Sharkwater, the most award winning documentary of the year that broke box office records in Canada. Sharkwater took me 5 years and 15 countries to create, nearly ending my life. Sharkwater opens in theaters in the US November 2nd.
I created Sharkwater because I discovered that shark populations were being wiped out yet people were unaware of the issue because what’s out of sight is largely out of mind.
What started out as a beautiful film about sharks changed into a drama full of corruption, espionage, attempted murder charges, machine guns, hospitalizations and mafia chases in a film about human’s over exploitation of the oceans.
The oceans are the most important ecosystem on the planet, containing life that absorbs most of the carbon dioxide (global warming gas) that we put into the atmosphere, converting it to 70% of the oxygen we breathe. That life sits below sharks in the food chain, and shark populations have already dropped 90%. The oceans and our life support systems are being destroyed.
The largest threat to the oceans is now a lack of awareness. If the public knew what was going on in the sea… that we waste 54 billion pounds of fish while 8 million people die of starvation, that 90% of all large predators in the ocean are gone, that every fishery will be gone by 2048; the situation could be turned around just as it has for whales and for the holes in the ozone layer. But we need people talking and pushing the issue.
Sharkwater is a huge ocean conservation tool. If we can get people to see the film, we can unite the public around a new view of sharks and the oceans, and ultimately that public support will lead to the greatest change, and the perpetuation of human life on earth.
We need people to go to theaters and see Sharkwater opening weekend – November 2nd so please tell your friends and family, and if you have a database, please forward on the Sharkwater website and info to them, encouraging them to see the film and save our oceans.
It’s a guerilla movement to save the seas upon which we depend, but it can be done with your help.
Kindest thanks,
Rob

I’m thinking of going to Costa Rica… whaddya think? (11 Comments)

So, we’ve got one of the biggest motion picture distributors in Costa Rica distributing Sharkwater in a big way.
They want me there for the PR tour, for interviews, for talks, and to push the film and the movement. The government will give me bodyguards (mafia) though I’m not entirely sure they won’t arrest me. They really want me there, and for once, we have some power in Costa Rica to make a change and force the issue into the spotlight.
My parents really really really don’t want me to go….
But a big part of me wants to go back.
What do you think?

Bo Derek and Wildaid! (No Comments)

I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out and doing a press conference with one of the century’s hottest sex symbols turned activist – Bo Derek. We met in Miami on a panel discussion press conference on trade in endangered species. Bo also came to the Sharkwater screening at the Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival (we won “best of the festival” – award 22). What an inspiring woman. It’s so incredible to see someone who could do absolutely anything with her life/money; turn towards saving species and ecosystems.
She was moved into action by one of my favorite conservation groups – Wildaid – wildaid.org – upon meeting Peter Knights, a mutual friend and one of Wildaid’s spokesperson and founder.
Wildaid is attacking the shark finning issue from the demand side – the most important side. As long as there is a demand, there could be 10,000 patrol boats, but there would still be finning.
They’re such a great organization they’ve managed to garner spokespeople such as Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, and of course Bo Derek.
Please check out wildaid.org
If shark fin soup has a chance of becoming “tacky” in time and for the Chinese Olympics, Wildaid is our only hope, and they’ve got a chance. Give them all the help you can.

Bo Derek! (4 Comments)

I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out and doing a press conference with one of the century’s hottest sex symbols turned activist – Bo Derek. We met in Miami on a panel discussion press conference on trade in endangered species. Bo also came to the Sharkwater screening at the Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival (we won “best of the festival” – award 22). What an inspiring woman. It’s so incredible to see someone who could do absolutely anything with her life/money; turn towards saving species and ecosystems.
She was moved into action by one of my favorite conservation groups – Wildaid – wildaid.org – upon meeting Peter Knights, a mutual friend and one of Wildaid’s spokesperson and founder.
Wildaid is attacking the shark finning issue from the demand side – the most important side. As long as there is a demand, there could be 10,000 patrol boats, but there would still be finning.
They’re such a great organization they’ve managed to garner spokespeople such as Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, and of course Bo Derek.
Please check out wildaid.org
If shark fin soup has a chance of becoming “tacky” in time and for the Chinese Olympics, Wildaid is our only hope, and they’ve got a chance. Give them all the help you can.

Thanks!! (14 Comments)

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who supported the film in Florida. You were all so incredibly passionate about the cause and the film that it literally gave the whole team new life.
Rob

Sharkwater Book!!! (1 Comment)

The sharkwater book is out!!! 216 pages and 5 years worth of award winning images. The backstory, the making of and the reason behind Sharkwater are all here. You’ll love it, and some of the $ goes to saving sharks!! There are some awesome pics of our crazy tour as well!
Buy it at any bookstore, Barnes and Noble, amazon!!!