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Rob Stewart is an acclaimed filmmaker and internationally renowned activist. In Sharkwater Extinction, his third film, Stewart continues his heroic fight to save our oceans battling the billion-dollar pirate fishing trade and illegal shark fin industry. Shot in vivid 6K, Stewart travels across four continents and back to California in his ongoing mission to protect sharks.
Stewart’s previous films, Sharkwater (2006) and Revolution (2012), won multiple international awards and have been viewed by more than 125 million people. Stewart began photographing underwater when he was only 13 years old. He made his first film Sharkwater (2007) at the age of 22 after witnessing illegal longlining and indiscriminate killing of sharks within marine reserves.
Stewart was the first to bring the devastating issue of shark finning to the world stage. Today most countries have banned shark finning, and a shark research group credits him with saving 1/3 of the world’s sharks. Sharkwater was enormously successful, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and winning multiple awards at prestigious film festivals around the world. Stewart’s second film, Revolution, again premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was released worldwide in 2013.
This groundbreaking documentary received both critical and audience acclaim and numerous international awards. Revolution was the first film to alert the world to the catastrophic effects of carbon emissions (burning fossil fuels; coal, oil, gas, deforestation). Sharkwater and Revolution are still to this day the number 1 and 3 Canadian documentaries of the last 15 years. They have been awarded more than 70 international awards and viewed by over 125 million people.
Stewart worked tirelessly on conservation and environmental education; he served on the board of numerous conservation groups including WildAid, Shark Savers and the Shark Research Institute, and founded his own charity, United Conservationists, based in Los Angeles and Toronto. In January 2017, while shooting his third film, Sharkwater Extinction, Stewart tragically passed away during a dive off the Florida Keys.
The US Coast Guard reported that the search for Stewart was the largest they had ever experienced. Thousands offered help.. 60,000 watched his funeral online. Multiple awards in Stewart’s name have been created and film festivals, universities and conservation groups worldwide continue to honor him with lifetime achievement awards.
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