September 24th, 2011 by Zachary Shahan
This looks like a fun film, German premier in Hamburg on October 1, 2011 if you happen to be in the area. Here’s a little more from the news release:
30 Years of Never Before Seen Footage of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Campaigns Featuring Renegade Environmentalists and Their Guerilla Tactics
2011 Filmfest Hamburg
Saturday, October 1, 2011 9:15pm
Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist should strike just about everyone as a refreshing contrast to the usual bleak tenor of save-the-planet cinema.
Peter Jay Brown unfolds one unusual story in a provocative, informative, laugh out loud funny, agitprop style.
Brown’s film is a peek behind the curtain: The activist often creates confrontation, but the documentarian must show the less-than-flattering bits. This film is a warts-and-all view of his involvement with the Sea Shepherd team since 1981, and it also deconstructs the classic political-movement film.
-Los Angeles Times
As the longest serving crew member ever aboard the Sea Shepherd with a highly impressive personal resume and film career in his own right, Brown takes viewers into the lighter, more humorous aspects of the “eco-terrorist” sub-culture in his feature documentary film.
CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-TERRORIST is the true, no holds barred story of 30 years of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) campaigns leading up to the hit show Whale Wars. It’s a feature documentary that reveals the true odyssey of the most wanted environmentalist today, Captain Paul Watson. The founder of Greenpeace, Watson eventually parted ways with the organization due to his uncompromising passion to protect the planet from environmental bad guys and his unconventional methodology. Free from bureaucracy and politics, Watson forged his own personal Armada, The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a vigilante organization dedicated to protecting marine life across the planet at all costs.
“There have been many films made about Sea Shepherd but none as hilarious and revealing as CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-TERRORIST, which was three decades in the making.” Watson said. “Peter Brown, a Sea Shepherd insider expertly exercises aikido with his camera by turning a negative accusation into a positive confession of influential activism.
Filmmaker and longest-serving SSCS crew member Peter Jay Brown documented the mythic deeds of the organization while acting as the cinematographer, first mate, deckhand, quartermaster, Zodiac driver and officer/captain in Watson’s absence starting in 1980. He gives us an intimate and honest look at what really goes on behind the scenes on some of the most infamous environmental campaigns ever. He has recorded the breathtaking beauty of the life aquatic in all its glory, as well as anguishing despair, bearing witness to the brutal slaughter of the helpless.
Risking their freedoms and their lives, the renegade eco-warrior and his band of environmental pirates combat those who seek to pillage and profit from the destruction of the ocean and its inhabitants. Using guerilla tactics, they boldly, even jubilantly patrol the world’s waters targeting kill-happy poachers and covert corporate cabals, terrorizing and provoking confrontation while flying the Jolly Roger (skull and crossbones) flag of their fleet. Watson’s use of manufactured awareness and strategic media traps defies convention as he brilliantly navigates his fleet by ramming vessels, inflicting damage to whalers, drift-netters, long-liners, and seal hunters who operate illegally worldwide.
Watson and Brown’s journey over the years has included thousands of individuals, crew and volunteers. Everyone from navy seals and ex-military of all kinds to ship welders and engineers, college students to hippies and the vegans who took over the galley have flocked to SSCS campaigns. The efforts of each and every one of them made the story of CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-TERRORIST the unique and groundbreaking documentary that it is.
“You negotiate,” says Brown. “I’ll ram ships.”
For more, check out: Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist
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