Sea Shepherd to crowdfund its first feature film

Australia’s controversial not-for-profit conservation group, Sea Shepherd, is this week bringing its battles to the silver screen, launching a crowd-funding campaign to finance the production of its first feature film.

Succinctly titled Defend – Conserve – Protect, the film will star Dan Aykroyd and will be directed by Australian veteran Stephen Amis .

Known for their militant inspired take on anti-whaling protest, the organization’s first feature film will pivot on the at-sea drama surrounding the migration of whales through the southern ocean, documenting the clashes between illegal Japanese whaling ships and the Sea Shepherd crew.

Though director Stephen Amis says the film is about more than just this one migration.

“If the oceans die, we die. This film will appeal to anyone interested in the state of our environment and what we’re leaving to our children,” he says.

With a funding goal of US$150,000, hosted by Indiegogo, Amis and the Sea Shepherd team hope to raise enough to cover the costs of the film’s production and its editing process.

Perks of donation range from a poster to an intimate dinner with the Sea Shepherd’s captain.

The full feature film already has its distribution in place and will have a global release in 2017.

The campaign runs through May 2016. To learn more about the project or to donate, check out www.seashepherdglobal.org/movie.

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