1. TECHNICAL DETAILS

    Title: México Pelágico
    Time: 64 minutes
    Production Year: 2013-2014
    Production: Pelagic Life & Calypso Films (México)
    Format: HD 1080 23.98 & BluRay
    Language: English & Spanish
    Website: mexicopelagico.org

    SYNOPSIS

    While the Pelagic Life team is chasing the elusive sardine baitball in the open ocean near Baja California, they stumble upon a crude shark fishing operation that sparks a seismic shift in the group’s thinking. Departing from their original concept of documenting awesome sea-life phenomenon, they transform their mission to creating awareness of Mexico’s sea-life while creating sustainable livelihoods for the shark fishermen in order to preserve a delicate and critical ecosystem. Mexico Pelagico is the story of an unlikely pairing of interests. It is clear that once you swim alongside sharks, sailfish, dolphin, turtles and even crocodiles, your perspective will never be the same. Mexico Pelagico invites the audience to engage with Mexico’s rich and majestic oceanic treasures, to be inspired and awed to take up the mantle of respect and conservation through ecotourism.

    LETTER FROM DIRECTOR

    Mexico has a forgotten ecosystem: the mega fauna in the open ocean. This collection of marine life includes sharks, rays, billfish, dolphins, whales, turtles, among others, and in Mexican waters they encounter a variety of threats and opportunities. There is over-exploitation of some species and yet massive sanctuaries and success stories exist out there. But the real problem is the complete oblivion of the general public to this particular topic.

    Mexico is privileged because it has the largest congregation of whale sharks and great white sharks in the world. In the seas of Mexico unique events occur, such as the unusual congregation sailfish and striped marlin to devour huge sardine bait balls. However, Mexico is also one of the countries with the highest export of shark fins in the world. These are just tiny strokes of what is happening in the world we decided ended at the shoreline.

    Mexico Pelagic is a documentary that tries to show a small layer of the open ocean in Mexico illustrating the positive and negative events that occur. It is a product that condenses three years of exploration, learning and collaborative efforts in pro of the Mexican open ocean. We believe we can and must protect the Mexican pelagic ecosystem by replacing uncontrolled fishing with sustainable ecotourism in partnership with the local community. It is the intent of this film enlighten the public with the majestic splendor of Mexican marine life and incite the public to join the fight to protect the most forgotten and beautiful ecosystem in Mexico.

    WHO ARE WE?

    Pelagic Life - pelagiclife.org/
    We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and sustainable protection of the marine biodiversity of Mexico, one of the most diverse countries on the planet.
    Vision: Exploration, awareness and promotion:
    Explore and document high quality images of open ocean marine life in Mexico.
    Educate the public about the current status of pelagic life in Mexico and the challenges it faces.
    Promote the sustainable development of communities that depend on pelagic life and encourage the responsible consumption of marine species in Mexico.

    CREDITS

    Director: Jerónimo Prieto
    Producer: Jorge Cervera Hauser
    Editor: Rodrigo Palacios
    Narrator: Jose Lavat / Nick Smith
    Executive Producers: Miguel Sánchez Navarro, Alejandro Martinez Vertiz, Jeronimo Prieto, Jorge Cervera Hauser
    Photography: Jerónimo Prieto, Jorge Cervera Hauser, Erick Higuera, Eric Cheng, Jeff Liton , Eduardo López Negrete
    Original Score: Eugenio Riveroll, Álvaro López PIncheti, Josefono L Telefono
    Sound Design: Vasilis Milesis
    Animator: Mike Uriegas
    Color Correction: Francisco Iñigo, Jorge Cervera Hauser
    Graphic Design: Pita Leon de la Barra
    Narrator Script: Carlos Dragonne
    Interviews: Ana Lagos, Carlos Céspedes, Rodrigo Friscione, Rene Martinez, Eduardo Martinez Vertíz, Gearado Nasser, Ignacio Armida, Jorge Cervera Hauser, Santiago Martinez Vertíz, Sylvia A. Earle, Erick Higuera, Mauricio Hoyos, Eli Martinez, Gabino Zarabia, Javier Salas, Jorge Loria, Alberto Friscione, Erick Cosío Verdugo

    CONTACT
    info@pelagiclife.com

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