SOURCE: Sharkwater

September 27, 2007 17:07 ET

Rob Stewart's Award-Winning Environmental Thriller "Sharkwater," to Open in Theatres September 28, Florida Region, Followed by National Release November 2

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - "Sharkwater," biologist and award winning director-cinematographer Rob Stewart's gripping exploration of sharks as an endangered species, is set for a regional theatrical release in Florida on September 28, followed by a national release in 20 markets on November 2. The film has already opened in Canada to rave reviews and strong box office as well as having gained major film festival recognition including: Toronto International Film Festival, AFI Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, and Hawaii, among others.

Hoping to undo the damage of "Jaws" and decades of sensationalized headlines painting sharks as bloodthirsty monsters, Rob Stewart swims with these denizens of the deep -- and sails from pirates -- to come up with a gripping, deeply moving plea for one of nature's most misunderstood creatures. "Sharkwater" is being called an ocean-going "Inconvenient Truth," walking away with top film festival awards for best documentary and quickly becoming an audience favorite.

During a remarkable five-year journey across 15 countries, Stewart faces corrupt governments, mafia rings, pirate battles, bogus attempted murder charges, even a skin-eating disease, risking all in an effort to bring the plight of sharks and the world's oceans to light. The result is an environmental thriller, replete with harrowing life-and-death situations that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Gorgeously filmed over five years using HD technology, "Sharkwater" takes the viewer below the surface of the world's oceans into the most shark-rich waters of the world, exploring the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations, particularly around the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador.

"Sharkwater," which is rated 'PG,' is being distributed by Freestyle Releasing. Running time: 89 minutes.

Website is www.sharkwater.com. Extensive image galleries, background information and video available for download.

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