Film on NE Fishermen at Whaling Museum

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Date: December 1, 2017
Contact: Laura Orleans, 508-993-8894

lone fishing vessel in the water
Dead in the Water

The public is warmly invited to view the New Bedford premiere of Dead in the Water, produced and directed by Rockport native and award-winning filmmaker David Wittkower, when the Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on December 15th at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. The New Bedford screening will be followed by a post-film discussion led by Angela Sanfilippo, President of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, Executive Director of the Mass Fishermen’s Partnership and co-producer of the film as well as some of the fishermen featured in the film.


The premiere will take place at the New Bedford Whaling Museum's theater at 18 Johnny Cake Hill and is co-sponsored by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Please register at


“This film opens the doors for the world to see how difficult and dangerous the life of a fisherman is,” says John Bell, a former three-term mayor of Gloucester (2002-08).David Wittkower, a graduate of the American Film Institute, describes Dead in the Water as an examination of “the relentless destruction of the New England ground fishing industry through government regulations, bad science, and the growing, but mistaken, belief that everything has been overfished and there aren’t any fish left in the oceans.” Dead in the Water is Wittkower’s 15thdocumentary film. While he has won many awards for his work, he is hoping that “something better than an award” will come from his latest project. Wittkower said, “I’m hoping to increase public support for U.S. fishermen. I want to help keep fishing jobs in this country. If Dead in the Water can do that, I won’t need any more awards.”


Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.


The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of New Bedford’s fishing industry through exhibits, programs, and archives.


New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to or visit the park’s Facebook page at Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at


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