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Rooftop Films' Seaside Screening of The End of the Line

By August 5, 2009

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Mark your calendar for August 22nd, when Rooftop Films, The Fledgling Fund, Cinereach and New York Magazine will host an unusual documentary film event, focused around a seaside screening of Rupert Murray's 90 minute documentary, The End of the Line, a beautifully shot film that alerts audiences to the devastating impact overfishing has on our oceans.

Held on the beach at NYC's Governor's Island, the entertaining and educational family-oriented community engagement event is part of a global campaign to urge citizens and environmental organizations to demand better marine policies, so that the impending emergency of fish-less seas can be halted before it's too late. Along with the screening, the event features local sustainable seafood, live music and interactive displays provided by marine conservation organizations -- all set against the beautiful background of the Governor's Island beach, with it's stunning views of lower Manhattan.

Rooftop Film's blurb about The End of The Line reads:

Living in the U.S., we take for granted our very diverse diet, and our countless sources of nourishment. But throughout the world, more than one billion people rely on fish as their primary source of protein. For millennia this has not been a problem, as seafaring and coastal communities have thought of the earth's vast oceans as an inexhaustible source of nutrition. But with the rapid refinement of mass industrial fishing techniques, the widespread assumption that the sea's bounty has no bounds has led to some alarming developments. Some environmental groups argue that as much as 90% of the fish population in the entire world has been fished out and consumed, threatening the most important source of food for more than 250 million people. If current trends are not reversed, the over-fishing of the ocean could lead to an ecological disaster, mass starvation and malnutrition for hundreds of millions of people.

The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs who show little concern for the heath and well being of our oceans. Filmed around the globe, from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market (a location of special interest to anyone who's seen The Cove), the documentary presents top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials as expert witnesses. Ultimately, the film shows that any solution to the problem requires widespread consumer awareness and activism.

On Governor's Island, the event is located just west of the Ferry landing. To get there, take a Water Taxi (they leave every 30 minutes from Battery Maritime Building Slip 7, located next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal on the southern tip of Manhattan). There's a tented area, so the show's a go rain or shine. Tickets are $12. Doors open at 8:00 PM, music starts at 8:30 pm, the screening is at 9:00 pm.

For more information and to buy tickets visit Rooftop Films, and you can watch the trailer.


August 27, 2009 at 1:41 pm
(1) RooftopFilms says:

Thank you for writing this post. Because of the threat of bad weather, we didn’t hold the screening on August 22nd. Instead, we rescheduled the event for Friday, September 4th. Please inform your readers about the change.

Thank you!

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