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Sharkwater Extinction

In January 2017, while shooting Sharkwater Extinction, Rob, a Malibu-based filmmaker, tragically passed away during a dive off the Florida Keys. The world was stunned by the loss of one of the most influential activists of our time. Rob taught the world to love the oceans and to not fear sharks through his iconic images of hugging and free diving with sharks and mantas.

Rob risked everything to educate, preserve and defend the oceans. The film’s producers, along with a talented group of editors, filmmakers, and loyal Sharkwater supporters, were compelled to continue his work.

Sharkwater Extinction‘s  will have it's world premiere at TIFF in September 2018 

Sharkwater Extinction from the Award Winning Director of Sharkwater and Revolution.  
" 150 000 000 sharks are killed each year and scientists only account for 70 000 000 of those, there are 80 000 000 sharks that are killed every year and nobody knows why nor where they are going, but WE figured this out.... and if we bring this to the public, things will change."

Rob Stewart

Sharkwater: Extinction (2018) is a thrilling and inspiring action packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks.

Sharkwater, Rob’s first film, brought the devastating issue of shark finning used in shark fin soup to the world stage. His multi award-winning film changed laws and public policy worldwide, created hundreds of conservation groups. Today more than 90 countries have banned shark finning or the trade of shark products.  Even so, Stewart finds sharks are still being fished to extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction continues the adventure across four continents, as Rob travels through the oceans to investigate the corruption behind a multi-billion dollar industry. The crew goes through some of the world’s most dangerous fishing ports run by international crime organizations that have infiltrated the fishing industry.

Rob’s second film, Revolution, continued his quest to save sharks and the oceans. Revolution was the first feature film to platform the devastating effects of Ocean Acidification.  Climate change was well known, but scientists were just realizing the effects would be much worse than ever imagined. We were in danger of losing the coral reefs, and potentially the entire ocean ecosystem, which gives us 60% of our oxygen. Sharks, the top predator controlling the fish populations below them and the plankton that give us our oxygen, were being fished to extinction in an ecosystem they have controlled for 400 million years.

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Rob Stewart Bio

Toronto-born director Rob Stewart is creating a revolution to save the planet, one epic film at a time. His documentaries, Sharkwater and Revolution, have both won numerous awards and continue to inspire audiences around the world. His research and breathtaking experiences are captured in his new film, Revolution, in which he brings attention to important issues, such as the planet’s ecosystems and saving the earth.

When Stewart was only 13 years old, he began photographing the amazing underwater world. A few short years later, at age 18, he was a trained scuba instructor. Soon after, his journey continued as he studied in Ontario, Jamaica and Kenya, leading him to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

He then spent four years traveling the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation's magazines and as an award-winning freelance photojournalist. Leading expeditions to the most remote areas of the world, Stewart's award-winning library of underwater motion and still images has been sought out by some of the most popular and well-respected media companies around the globe, including BBC WildlifeDiscovery ChannelABCAsian DiverEntertainment Tonight and various GEO magazines.

While on an assignment as a photographer in the Galapagos Islands, Stewart discovered illegal long lining and shark finning within the marine reserve. Shark fins are used to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Asia, a tradition that has led to the reduction of most shark populations by 90 per cent. He wanted to promote awareness of what was going on, but print media was not giving the cause the desired attention. At the age of 22, Stewart began his own mission, which would lead to a remarkable four-year journey traveling through 12 different countries and resulting in the documentary Sharkwater(2007).

Sharkwater is a powerful underwater film filled with the crew’s real-life events. The dramatic and inspiring story about the reality of shark finning also includes the obstacles Stewart had to overcome to get his story out to the public, including beating life-threatening diseases such as West Nile, Tuberculosis, Dengue Fever and flesh-eating disease. The crew was arrested for attempted murder after trying to stop a boat full of fishermen who were illegally finning sharks.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won a "Canada's Top Ten" award. Sharkwater has also gone on to become one of the most award-winning documentaries, winning over 35 awards at esteemed film festivals around the world.

Stewart's beautiful hardcover book, Sharkwater: An Odyssey to Save the Planet, was released in October 2007 by Key Porter Books. His second book, Save the Humans, was released in the Fall of 2012 by Random House.

His highly anticipated follow-up to Sharkwater was called Revolution, a film about changing the world. This time Stewart’s journey led him on a dangerous adventure through 15 countries over another four years. He researches what needs to be done in order to change the dangerous path we are on.

Revolution received both critical and audience acclaim at several film festivals, winning a total of 19 awards, including the Audience Award for Best Doc at the Atlantic Film Festival and the Most Popular Environmental Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. It was also a runner-up for People's Choice Award Documentary and the highest rated Canadian film at its premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Revolution also won The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Revolution released theatrically in Canada in April 2013 and in theaters worldwide in 2014.

He was on conservation boards such as WildAid, Shark Savers and the Shark Research Institute, and founded his own charity, United Conservationists.

The busy director also made feature appearances on many TV shows, including Larry KingLiveTonight ShowThe Late ShowEntertainment TonightThe Today ShowET CanadaNightlineCNNMTV and more.

Stewart continued to work towards conservation and environmental awareness and spoke at the University of Victoria, Yale University, Vancouver Aquarium, ROM, various TEDx events, and many more, before starting work on a new movie, Sharkwater: Extinction.

On January 31, 2017, Stewart was filming the new movie off the coast of Florida when he went missing during a dive. His body was found three days later. His movie Sharkwater: Extinction will release to theaters in October 2018.

Revolution Awards—

Best Documentary – Atlantic Film Festival 
Best Documentary runner-up – Toronto International Film Festival 
Most Popular Environmental Film Award – Vancouver International Film Festival 
Audience Award – Victoria Film Festival 
The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award for Documentary Film – Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Sharkwater Awards—

Canada's Top Ten – Toronto International Film Festival 
People's Choice – Atlantic International Film Festival 
People's Choice – Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival 
Best Documentary – Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival 
Spirit of Independents Award – Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival 
Special Jury Award - Hawaii International Film Festival 
Best Musical Composition – France World Festival of Underwater Pictures 
Prix Planete Thalassa – France World Festival of Underwater Pictures 
Best of the Festival Palm Springs – International Film Festival 
Best International Doc – Beverly Hills Hi-Def Festival 
Best HD Feature – AFI Dallas International Film Festival 
Audience Choice Award for Best Feature – Gen Art Film Festival 
Grand Jury Award for Best Feature – Gen Art Film Festival 
Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award – Shark Research Institute 
Special Jury Award – 15 Short Film Festival – Charlotte, NC 
Must-See Award (Category: Wake-Up Films) – Telluride Mountain Film Festival 
Hero of Conservation – Water Category : Conservation for the Oceans Foundation 
Top Ten Films – Cambridge Film Festival 
Jameson Audience Award – for Best International Documentary Encounters South African Int’l Doc. Festival 
Best Documentary – Film - Nominee Critics Choice Awards 
Animal Action Award – International Fund for Animal Welfare 
Best Documentary – Directors Guild of Canada 
Best Of The Festival – Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival 
Best Sound – Nominee Golden Reel Awards 
Best Documentary – Nominee Genie Awards 
Best Environmental – Film of 2008 National Ocean Film Festival Alliance 
Best Feature Documentary – Genesis Awards 
Audience Award – Durban Int'l Film Festival, S.A. 
Activism through Adventure – Adventure Film Festival 2008 Boulder, CO 
Theatrical Award – Nominated Wildscreen 2008 : Panda Award 
Youth Documentary Award – Bergen International Film Festival 
Shark Guardian Award 2009 – Haischutzorganisation International SHARK PROJECT 
Environment Vision Award – Retinitis Pigmentosa International 
Viewer’s Choice – Green Jerusalem International Film Competition, Israel 
Diver magazine’s Publication of the Year. 
Best Film on Mountain Culture and Environment – New Zealand Mountain Film Festival 
Notable Videos for Adults – ALA Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults 
Environmental Enlightenment (Documentary) – Visalia Independent Film Festival



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