Chasing the Thunder

Documentary I NR I 96 min


Opera House Fri, Mar 16, 2018 1:15 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Production Country:USA
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mark Benjamin
Marc Levin
Produced By:Katie Carpenter


Chasing the Thunder is a high-seas documentary about the Sea Shepherd’s epic 110-day, 10,000-mile chase of the Thunder, considered the world’s most notorious poaching vessel. Across two seas and three oceans, the marine activists hunted the fugitive fishing ship through massive ice floes, storm-tossed seas, a near collision and violent clashes until the Thunder dramatically sank, burying the evidence of its crimes on the bottom of the South Atlantic. Wanted by Interpol and banned from fishing in the Antarctic, the Thunder had eluded capture for more than a decade, until Sea Shepherd decided to pursue the renegade converted trawler. The Thunder used gillnets to target toothfish, better known as Chilean sea bass, and had caught nearly 100 million dollars of the prized fish over the decade. The film captures the dangerous drama of the world’s longest maritime pursuit. From Captain Peter Hammerstedt of the Bob Barker spotting his target among the towering icebergs to boldly sending his crew members aboard the sinking Thunder to salvage any evidence, Chasing the Thunder takes the audience on an exhilarating ride to the furthest reaches of the planet. This high-adrenaline adventure has made worldwide headlines, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Netflix optioning the feature film rights of the story. Chasing the Thunder brings viewers aboard the Bob Barker and its sister ship, the Sam Simon, to experience this unforgettable historic chase.

Filmmaker in Attendance for Q&A