NOTES FROM THE FILMMAKERS
“As the demand for shark fin soup in Japan, Taiwan, and China continue to grow, so does the destruction and strain placed on shark populations. Just one fishing boat can yield over 10,000 fins from a single trip, leaving all 10,000 of those sharks to die after harvesting the desired meat. The Progression Foundation and Shark Allies have partnered in protecting sharks from destructive hunting for use of their fins and meat. In doing so, we’re simultaneously working to shift the public perception of this incredible, apex species.” – Progression Foundation
Extinction Soup is an engaging documentary exposing the shark fin trade, its severe impact upon the species, and the ground-breaking efforts to stop the international trade of shark fins. The story follows documentary filmmaker Philip Waller on his quest for adventure as he sets out to tell the story of his larger-than-life friend and extreme sports legend, Jimmy Hall.
The film quickly takes a surprise turn when Waller finds himself consumed with exposing to the world an environmental catastrophe in the making – the extinction of the oceans’ shark population through the mass slaughter of these magnificent animals for their fins.
Waller documents the efforts of conservationist Stefanie Brendl, founder of Shark Allies, as she fights to educate lawmakers and helps pass legislation that will ban the trade of fins and the consumption of shark fin soup – the driving forces behind the slaughter of millions of sharks every year.
Extinction Soup directly contributed to creating shark sanctuaries and passing several bills prohibiting shark fin possession.
About the Filmmakers
Extinction Soup was directed by Phil Waller and produced by Stefanie Brendl and Sidney Sherman. Find out more about the film at www.sharkallies.com and progressionfoundation.org.
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