CHASING THE THUNDER
Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin
Washington DC Environmental 2018
Miami, Newport Beach, EarthxFilm
Environmental activists doggedly pursue notorious poachers for 110 days at sea.
Originally presented as part of the six-part Animal Planet docuseries OCEAN WARRIORS, this feature-length recut focuses on the efforts of marine conservation activists from Sea Shepherd to stop the destructive, illegal fishing of the Thunder. Long plaguing marine life with illegal nets and overfishing, the Thunder is spotted by Sea Shepherd vessel the Bob Barker, setting off an epic chase over 10,000 miles, from the Antarctic to the South Atlantic, over 110 days. As the Bob Barker crew attempts to arrest the Thunder, and, most importantly, gather evidence of their wrongdoing, they face attacks and intimidation. Ultimately, the Thunder’s captain makes a shocking, desperate move that serves as an unbelievable end to this engaging eco-thriller doc.