SOURCE: Sharkwater

October 24, 2007 21:04 ET

"Sharkwater" Gets Best Picture Award

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 24, 2007) - "Sharkwater," Rob Stewart's dramatic and visually stunning documentary about the world's most misunderstood creature, has been named Best Film at the just completed Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival, presented by The Ocean Channel and ocean.com.

The film has now won 22 awards at major film festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival, AFI Dallas, Fort Lauderdale and Hawaii.

"Sharkwater" opens in a limited national release on November 2. Markets include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland, OR and Washington, DC through Freestyle Releasing and Rocky Mountain Pictures.

The controversial film has attracted a great deal of media coverage, including "Access Hollywood," "The Today Show," "Larry King" and "ET Canada." "Nightline" plans to lead off their October 26 show with a piece on "Sharkwater."

The story of "Sharkwater" has global implications. The oceans and its living creatures are critical to mankind's survival -- 70% of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is converted to oxygen by plankton in the oceans, which sit right below sharks in the food chain. At the present rate, within the next 5-10 years the last remaining 10% of the world's sharks will be killed. If this occurs, the entire eco-system of the ocean is disrupted and ultimately destroyed, including the plankton supplying 3/4 of the oxygen that we all need to survive. "Sharkwater" brings this crisis of the oceans and of sharks to the world's attention.

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

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

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