End of the Line (2009)

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The Inconvenient Truth of our oceans” the indie documentary “The End of The Line” (various theaters across the US & UK. The End of The Line is the world’s first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing, which premiered earlier this year to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.

Read the initial press release below:

WORLD’S FIRST MAJOR DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE DEVASTATING EFFECT OF OVERFISHING TO
PREMIERE AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
THE END OF THE LINE” TO LAUNCH AT 2009 FESTIVAL

Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.

The End of the Line, the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. Sundance takes place in Park City, Utah, January 15- 25, 2009.

Waitt Family Foundation, Marviva and Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation present an Arcane Pictures, Calm Productions, and Dartmouth Films production of The End of the Line, based on the book by Charles Clover. Executive Producers: Christopher Hird and Jess Search; Ted Waitt and Erica Knie. Editor Claire Ferguson. Producers: Claire Lewis and George Duffield. Directed by Rupert Murray.

In The End of the Line, we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. The film examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation.

Filmed over two years, The End of the Line follows the indefatigable investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. One of his allies is the former tuna farmer turned whistleblower Roberto Mielgo – on the trail of those destroying the world’s magnificent bluefin tuna population. Filmed across the world – from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the
world.

Scientists predict that if we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048. The End of the Line chronicles how demand for cod off the coast of Newfoundland in the early 1990s led to the decimation of the most abundant cod population in the world, how hi-tech fishing vessels leave no escape routes for fish populations and how farmed fish as a solution is a myth.

The film lays the responsibility squarely on consumers who innocently buy endangered fish, politicians who ignore the advice and pleas of scientists, fishermen who break quotas and fish illegally and the global fishing industry that is slow to react to an impending disaster.

The End of the Line points to solutions that are simple and doable, but political will and activism are crucial to solve this international problem. We need to control fishing by reducing the number of fishing boats across the world, protect large areas of the ocean through a network of marine reserves off limits to fishing, and educate consumers that they have a choice by purchasing fish from independently certified sustainable fisheries.

The End of the Line premiere at Sundance will also kick-off a global campaign for citizens to demand better marine policies. Leading international environmental organizations are lending their full support to the film. The End of the Line will be released worldwide in 2009 using multiple formats and venues including theaters, broadcast and cable television networks, film festivals, online video campaigns, aquariums, museums and special screenings for environmental and educational organizations.

“There is no better place than Sundance for The End of the Line to have its world premiere,” said the film’s director, Rupert Murray. “Sundance has a long history of making cutting edge, issue-based documentaries matter.” Murray’s first film, “Unknown White Male” premiered at the festival in 2005. “We must stop thinking of our oceans as a food factory and realize that they thrive as a huge and complex marine environment. We must act now to protect the sea from rampant
overfishing so that there will be fish in the sea for our grandchildren and greatgrandchildren,” said the book’s author, Charles Clover

“Overfishing is the great environmental disaster that people haven’t heard about,” said producer George Duffield. “Just last week, a global conference about bluefin tuna stocks saw almost no media coverage in the U.S. We hope this film really sounds the alarm. We can fix this problem starting right now.”

“Reading the book The End of the Line changed my life and what I eat. I hope the film will do the same for others,” said producer Claire Lewis.

Film’s Web site: http://www.endoftheline.com

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