Film Screening: Dead in the Water

Friday, December 15
7 pm Film Showing (Cook Memorial Theater)
Followed by a discussion
Free and open to the public

poster for Dead in Water filmAttendees viewed the New Bedford premiere of Dead in the Water, produced and directed by Rockport native and award-winning filmmaker David Wittkower. The film showing was co-sponsored by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. It was part of the Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series normally shown in the theater at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The New Bedford screening took place at the Whaling Museum and was followed by a post-film discussion led by Angela Sanfilippo, President of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, Executive Director of the Mass Fishermen’s Partnership and co-producer of the film as well as some of the fishermen featured in the film.

“This film opens the doors for the world to see how difficult and dangerous the life of a fisherman is,” says John Bell, a former three-term mayor of Gloucester (2002-08). David Wittkower, a graduate of the American Film Institute, describes Dead in the Water as an examination of “the relentless destruction of the New England ground fishing industry through government regulations, bad science, and the growing, but mistaken, belief that everything has been overfished and there aren’t any fish left in the oceans.”  Dead in the Water is Wittkower’s 15th documentary film.