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by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes, Film/TV
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Confessions of a Eco-Terrorist“, the new documentary that chronicles the work of Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, has been screening around the country and picking up generally positive reviews.

Seen through the eyes of activist Peter Jay Brown, “Confessions” gives the viewer an “intimate look at shipboard life amongst these self-proclaimed animal saviors and sea rebels, the ones who helped shape the Green Movement we know and love today.”

“Not likely to tickle the funny bone of Brown & Co.’s many foes, this unusually antic activist docu should strike just about everyone else as a refreshing contrast to the usual bleak tenor of save-the-planet cinema,” wrote Variety in a review back in February. “As much as it pains my heart to gain knowledge of more evil that is currently perpetuated by man over nature, there is a great amount of joy in this film. It boggles my mind how some people can withstand witnessing such severe monstrosities,” reported SBCC Film Reviews.

In an interview with the LA Times in April, Watson did express concern over the title of the film – saying that he believes Brown chose it as a means to attract attention. “It’s Peter’s film, and if this is his perception and his project, then I am fine with that,” he added.

At the time, however, the Sea Shepherd founder had yet to see the film. In a posting on his Facebook page yesterday, he readdressed the issue saying, “The title actually fits in because it is a very funny film and after seeing the film it explains the title.”

While there’s no word yet on a pickup by a distributor, the positive showing at Cannes could potentially lead to a theatrical release. Check out a trailer for the film after the jump below.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • AnimuX

    Looks like a great film. Hope to see it soon.

  • Michael Raymer

    Looks like a great film. It’s actually late though. Such a huge percentage of the pro-whaling propagandists have packed up their football and gone home for a good cry. We could have used this movie a couple years ago to give them something else to bleat about.

  • romika3

    Well folks, the title supports what we have been saying for years, Watson is an eco-terrorist and he is commfortable with that! Confessions, well the man lies, in his book “Earthforce” he instructs his members to lie and distort data. “Its not Legal”, again supports the fact that Watson and SSCS have no legal right or have been given such to do what they do. Their activities are illegal acts plain and simple. Finially someone as see what this organization really is.

    • Michael Raymer

      We all have always seen SSCS for what they really are. And one of the many things they are is the group that shut down Antarctic whaling…which they said they would…in which they independently documented their tactics…which hasn’t been stopped from doing so by either Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, or Japan. Something else this group is a recipient of another 4 Stars from Charity Navigator.

      http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=5784

      • romika3

        Weall know that the Japanese whaling fleet returned due to health and safety issues. If you check out the Sea Shephard file on Charity Navigator you will see that Watson takes a $90,000.00 salary. That is a lot for a man who says he takes nothing. Add on to this the money spent flying him around the world to tell his story about looking a whale in the eye plus the thousands spent on questionable real estate one has to ask what is really being done with my money.

      • AnimuX

        Sorry but Sea Shepherd has been repeatedly given high ratings by charity evaluators for putting most of its donations toward operational expenses rather than administrative overhead like salaries.

        Every time you drag out this tired money accusation I also have to point out the fact that Watson has been doing this for over 30 years and has gone out with little money and no media just as he has gone out with loads of donations and a television crew.

        The man does not disappear to some island hideaway with a hoard of cash. He simply continues, year after year, to carry on acting against environmentally destructive, illegal, and morally reprehensible exploitative industries.

      • Michael Raymer

        “Weall know that the Japanese whaling fleet returned due to health and safety issues.”

        The whaling fleet returned because SSCS ran them off. There is no spinning this. The Japanese whaling fleet returned as a direct result of Sea Shepherd operations against them. Don’t believe me, just ask them.

        “If you check out the Sea Shephard file on Charity Navigator you will see that Watson takes a $90,000.00 salary.”

        Checking out the file is precisely why I posted the link (something I do a lot of and you,….really don’t). And if you DO (check out the link)….you see that SSCS has a 4-Star rating. And it details the reasons why to the viewers’ hearts content.

        “That is a lot for a man who says he takes nothing.”

        When did he ever say he takes nothing? And $90,000? As far as I’m concerned, he deserves more. 90 grand isn’t that much.

        “Add on to this the money spent flying him around the world to tell his story about looking a whale in the eye plus the thousands spent on questionable real estate one has to ask what is really being done with my money.”

        Yup, and when I need a seminar on Marine Conservation Money Management, yours will be first name I think of. When did a seal killer become an expert on how to run conservation group? Getting back to how Admiral Watson issued the whalers an ass-kicking of biblical proportions, I think he’s doing fine NOT worrying about your approval.

    • Emancipator

      yah where do you get proof that Watson lies, your pretty little lying ICR?

      • romika3

        Buy a copy of his book “EarthForce”, he states there that truth is of no consequence, he instructs his followers to lie and distort data. Check it out the book in available at the SSCS shop.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-DeMartino-Jr/100001412431157 Joseph DeMartino Jr.

      wow, didnt realize the whalers could still afford to send you that check romika. or do they pay you in blood?

      • AnimuX

        Romika is an admitted baby seal killer from Canada.

  • Devon McDonald

    Not everyone is going to agree that sending threats, violence, hatred and racism is the proper way of promoting animal rights or the Sea Shepherd Society.

    • AnimuX

      It’s a good thing that Sea Shepherd isn’t racist, doesn’t threaten to hurt or kill people (and never has), while promoting marine conservation by helping to enforce international conventions meant to regulate destructive and illegal industries.

      • romika3

        “It’s a good thing that Sea Shepherd isn’t racist, doesn’t threaten to hurt or kill people (and never has”, really, perhaps you should do some reseach on the SSCS.

        “while promoting marine conservation” SSCS is not a conservation organization, they are an eco-terrorist organization.

        “helping to enforce international conventions meant to regulate destructive and illegal industries.” SSCS helps no one with exception to the money and SSCS has NO authority to enforce anything. Watson has given himself authorty in the same way he has given himself the title “Captian” and made a captain’s costume out of a Captian Kangroo suit.

  • Dominique NG

    Good Job! Keep it up!!! <3 Hope to see the film distributed worldwide.

  • gina

    You tell that Bitch!!!!!!!!!! That’s what im talking about michael! Thank you

  • Barbara Bockman

    I have not seen the film, but I’m apprehensive about the title. It’s okay if you’re preaching to the choir. But I don’t think it is a good way to recruit new people. It sounds to me like fuel for the opposition. I hope I’m wrong.

    • Michael Raymer

      The opposition has no fuel, no guts, no resolve, no integrity. There is no need to be apprehensive about the opposition. They are merely caricatures who think they are waging their own battle by mindlessly bleating anti-Watson propaganda and thinking that anyone is paying attention to them. To continue the list of all the things the opposition doesn’t have; no vision, no realization, no foresight, no intuition, no strategic sense, no tactical sense, no inspiration.

      I think we can take them.

  • marlene vandyke

    Captain Watson and all of the Members of Sea Shepherd are Hero’s !
    I support their work and watch the show every week.I have read Captain Watson books and this is a life time mission for him.
    He and his crew belive 110% in what they are fighting to save ….
    Captain Watson and These young people are putting their lives in danger to fight for this planet. Mankind can not keep taking from the Oceans . Soon there will be noting left.. Saving the Seals , Whales ,Tuna , sharks and other wild life is of the upmost importance..
    Just as stopping the drilling for oil and saving the planet for future generations is without price.
    Japan needs to stop whaling .