October 2007

Sharkwater Opens In October At International Fishing Hall of Fame

This fall before its release to movie theatres in the rest of the nation, the much acclaimed documentary Sharkwater; will be showcased at the IGFA’s International Fishing Hall of Fame with its award-winning feature length film and exhibition.

Sharkwater has won 19 international film awards.

Beginning on Saturday, Oct. 6, the 24-minute “Making of the Sharkwater Documentary” will run as part of the daily loop in the Journeys Theater. 

Later in the month the advance showing of the full-length 90-minute documentary will be presented.  Beginning Oct. 21, the film will be shown four times daily on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.  

On weekdays, the feature will be shown at 3:30 p.m.  The film opens at movie theatres nationwide in November.

An interactive and educational exhibition based around shark conservation will also be featured in the Museum's Changing Gallery.  A monthly lecture series featuring local and national shark experts is also scheduled. The film and exhibit at the IGFA will run through March 2008.

Shot in visually stunning, high-definition video, Toronto, Canada-based filmmaker Rob Stewart takes viewers into the most shark-rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador.

Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters, and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Sharkwater began as an underwater adventure but turned into a beautiful and dangerous journey into the balance of life on earth.

In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges that force the filmmakers to flee for their lives.

Through it all, Stewart discovers how these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth's history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed.

Stewart's remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world's sharks into a fight for his life, and that of humankind.

For more information please visit www.igfa.org  or www.sharkwater.com

The IGFA’s International Fishing Hall of Fame is located at 300 Gulf Stream Way, off I-95 in Dania Beach next to Bass Pro Shops. The hall is open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is free to IGFA members. 

Guest fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 - 16. The IGFA phone number is (954) 927-2628.