Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson trailer
Now this is the other Paul Watson film that I got confused about, Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson is the story of the man behind the Sea Shepherd organisation, a man who used to be in Greenpeace and was pushed out for being too radical and too forthright with his actions.
Watson is a man who has fought all his life to save the animals of the sea, from seals to whales, fighting against other humans who are intent on slaughtering animals across the ocean without a care for the lasting impact on the oceans, and ultimately on humans.
The trailer is rather powerful and focuses on the images of Paul Watson and some of the terrible acts that humans are carrying out in the oceans today. It presents a pretty clear cut and strong point of view, one that you find hard to argue with in just this trailer, not that you would want to either.
I wonder how strong the film is going to be and how much of a theatrical release it's going to get.
Here's the blurb for Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson:
Eco-Pirate tells the story of a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans. The film follows "professional radical ecologist" Captain Paul Watson as he repeatedly flouts the law, so that he may apprehend what he sees as the more serious law-breakers; the illegal poachers of the world. Using verité sequences shot aboard his ship as a framing device, the documentary examines Watson's personal history as an activist through archival footage and interviews, while revealing the impact of this relentless pursuit on his personal life. From the genesis of Greenpeace to sinking a pirate whaling ship off Portugal, and from clashes with fisherman in the Galapagos to Watson's recent headline-grabbing battles with the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctica, this film chronicles the extraordinary life of the most controversial figure in the environmental movement - the heroics, the ego, the urgency - of the world's original eco-pirate.
Now here's the trailer for the film:
The other film that covers the same man is more focussed on the organisation, its roots, and what it has achieved. You can read more about that story on Filmstalker.
There's another trailer online for Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson which you can also see on Filmstalker, it's a different cut and a little harder to watch, but it needs to be watched. It's like The Cove (Filmstalker review), it's a film that needs to be watched to educate you to what is actually happening rather than sticking your head in the sand because the viewing might be a little uncomfortable and stop you eating your popcorn. Films like these are made to spur people into outcry and action, and it looks like the films about Paul Watson are going to do just that.