Join us for the New Bedford premiere of Dead in the Water, produced and directed by Rockport native and award-winning filmmaker David Wittkower, when the Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on December 15th at 7:00 p.m.
The New Bedford screening will be 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.
Admission is free. The premiere will take place at the Whaling Museum’s theater at 18 Johnny Cake Hill and is co-sponsored by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center,New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Please register at whalingmuseum.org.
“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’s15thdocumentary film. While he has won many awards for his work, he is hoping that “something better than an award” will come from his latest project. Wittkower said, “I’m hoping to increase public support for U.S. fishermen. I want to help keep fishing jobs in this country. If Dead in the Water can do that, I won’t need any more awards.”
Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.