Ghost Fleet Directed
Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron USA / 2018 / 90 minutes
Thai, Burmese, Bahasa, English
Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Jon Bowermaster, Julia Ormond
SYNOPSIS: Ghost Fleet tells a striking story of survival and redemption in the global seafood industry. The film follows a small group of activists who risk their lives to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world’s insatiable appetite for seafood. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Thai abolitionist Patima Tungpuchayakul and her team embark on a hauntingly beautiful quest through remote Indonesian island jungles where enslaved men eke out survival and yearn to return home. Patima is fearlessly committed to justice and to bringing back these “lost” men. She rouses her nation and the world to the plight of these captives who go months, sometimes years, without setting foot on land, earning little to no pay to provide pet food, sushi and shrimp cocktail for unsuspecting consumers.
BIO: Shannon Service found the story of fishing slaves and the Thai woman whose mission was to rescue them, as a reporter for National Public Radio. This is her first time in the director’s chair.
Jeffrey Waldron is a graduate of USC‘s prestigious Cinema-Television Production program, with an MFA from the American Film Institute. Waldron earned a 2012 Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Outstanding Cinematography. He has received another ten awards and nominations for his directing and cinematography work in both narrative and documentary films. In 2013, he was nominated for Best Director (Non-Fiction) at the International Academy of Web TV Awards.
Cast/Featuring: Patima Tungpuchayakul, Tun Lin
Executive Producer(s): Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Jannat Gargi, Rocky Collins, Shari Sant Plummer, Shannon Joy, Julia Ormond, Geralyn Dreyfous
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