in a news nutshell zurück zum Inhalt Sea Shepherd works in partnership with Mexico to remove the illegal fishing gear from the vaquita habitat. © Terra Mater Factual Studios/Richard Ladkani © Sea Shepherd Ari Fitzgerald Sea Of Shadows The new film of the director of “The Ivory Game” has been invited to celebrate its world premiere on January 27 at the Sundance Film Festival 2019 in Utah, USA. It has been selected for the World Documentary Competition as one of twelve documentaries “by some of the most courageous and extraordinary international filmmakers working today”. Sean Bogle and Matt Podolsky (Wild life Filmmaker and Biologist, http://wildlensinc.org) have been working to document the dramatic decline of the vaquita, a small porpoise found only in the Northern Gulf of California, for more than three years now. They produced the short film Souls of the Vermilion Sea, and released it in 2017. Matt Podolsky: “Soon after the release we were approached by director Richard Ladkani and Terra Mater Factual Studios about collaborating on a new feature length film about the vaquita. Now, the resulting film has been accepted into one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world!” Directed by “The Ivory Game” award-winning cinematographer Richard Ladkani, and executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Walter Köhler and Wolfgang Knöpfler (Terra Mater) once again partnered with high-level international conservation champions. Köhler is convinced that films like ‘Sea of Shadows’ have the power to ignite change: “When it’s about saving an entire species from imminent extinction, it is our moral obligation as filmmakers, to send out a clear message.” The Mexican Sea of Cortez is facing total collapse because of a war: A war of fishermen, the government, and conservationists against drug cartels and the Chinese mafia. The cause of conflict: the swim bladder of the Totoaba fish, nicknamed the “Cocaine of the Sea”. The Chinese believe it to have miraculous healing powers, and over the past few years, a multimillion-dollar black market has emerged. The promise of making ridiculous amounts of easy money is driving local fishermen into the arms of ruthless Mexican drug lords. The “El Chapo” of Totoaberos, a heavily armed cartel boss, is running a tight network of fishermen, but also controls corrupt officials in the police and the army. So far, all efforts to protect the world’s smallest porpoise, the Vaquita, a subspecies of whales found only here in the Sea of Cortez, from the evil forces of money and greed have failed. Without a massive intervention, the vaquita will very likely go extinct within the next twelve months as less than fifteen remain. An ambitious plan to catch the last surviving vaquita and resettle them into a protected sanctuary for rebreeding appears to be their last hope. Meanwhile, to alleviate imminent danger, activists from the organization Sea Shepherd (https://seashepherd.org) are scrambling to pull mile after mile of illegal gillnets from the waters, freeing any surviving entangled animals and destroying the nets. Prone to attacks from angry fishermen, they collaborate with the Mexican navy that is struggling to keep the peace. “If Sea Shepherd had not been present in the Sea of Cortez, the vaquita could be extinct by now,” said Captain Paul Watson, founder and CEO of the conservation organization. Gathering the necessary evidence that will hold up in court to take down the criminal network is a highly dangerous endeavor, involving the infiltration of drug cartels and the Chinese mafia. They are willing to risk their own lives, since this battle is about more than the survival of one species. “Sea of Shadows” was filmed entirely on location in Mexico and China. It is a Terra Mater Factual Studios production, in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, and The Wild Lens Collective. Producers: Walter Köhler, Wolfgang Knöpfler Director: Richard Ladkani Editor: Georg Fischer, Verena Schönauer Cinematography: Richard Ladkani Second Camera: Tobias Corts Sound: Roland Winkler Music: H. Scott Salinas International Sales: www.submarine.com Trailer http://malaikapictures.com www.terramater.at www.sundance.org/blogs/news/2019-sundance-film-festival-features http://vaquitafilm.com Amanda Gookin © Classical:NEXT Classical:NEXT 2019 May 15 – 18, 2019, de Doelen Rotterdam The annual international gathering for art music innovators worldwide is not only the largest art music meeting, but the only one for all sectors and all fields of classical and art music. The Brooklyn incubator and music venue National Sawdust (https://nationalsawdust.org), an innovative contemporary classical venue, committed to introducing audiences to new artists and artists to new audiences, makes its European debut when they present the Opening of Classical:NEXT 2019 in Rotterdam on May 15. The collaboration between women-led National Sawdust and Classical:NEXT encompasses the ongoing commitment to give a voice to groups that are often underrepresented in leadership, on the podium or in audiences. 2019 marks the 200th birthday of German pianist and composer Clara Schumann, known for her works for orchestra, chamber music and character pieces for solo piano. In her honour, the Classical:NEXT 2019 Innovation Award will celebrate women in music. The 2019 list of nominees is the most international yet, with nominations coming in from 26 countries across Europe, North America and Asia. Voting for the award will begin in March. The winner is chosen by the Classical:NEXT community. All C:N NET account holders are eligible to vote. The winner will be announced and awarded at the Classical:NEXT closing ceremony on May 18. Registration: Smart rate ends on January 18, 2019. www.classicalnext.com MEDIA BIZ
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