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Academy Award-winning director screening film at COA

Written by  Fenceviewer Staff Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

BAR HARBOR — Charles Hambleton, associate producer of the Academy Award-winning “The Cove,” will be visiting College of the Atlantic and screening the film on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in McCormick Lecture Hall.

“The Cove” received an Oscar for best documentary in 2009. It follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village in Japan had become a microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure, and arresting imagery, has inspired action worldwide, said a COA spokesman.

Mr. Hambleton, whose family has a summer home on Mount Desert Island, was born in Miami, Fla., but grew up in locales around the world as his father worked for Pan American Airlines. He studied English at Virginia’s Roanoke College and environmental microbiology at the University of Vermont. For many years he was a musician, recording and touring extensively.

He now lives in Antigua, in the West Indies, where he has worked on films, as a dive master, commercial diver, sailor, and served as water safety consultant on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, among other films. He met Louie Psihoyos, the co-director of “The Cove,” in Antigua. The two have worked together for years.

Just before the 2010 Academy Awards, Mr. Hambleton and Mr. Psihoyos orchestrated what has become known as “the sushi sting,” in which they caught the famous Santa Monica restaurant, The Hump, serving whale at $600 a plate.

According to the New York Times, “Video of their meal shows the two activists, both vegans, being served what the waitress can be heard calling ‘whale’ — thick pink slices — that they take squeamish bites of before tossing into a Ziploc bag in a purse.” Ten days after the sting, the popular restaurant decided to close its doors.

For more information, contact Ken Cline at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 288-5015. For more on “The Cove” see www.thecovemovie.com/.

For more arts & entertainment news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.

Fenceviewer Staff

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