“Lobster War” among films at maritime festival

BUCKSPORT — Award-winning Boston filmmaker and journalist David Schwab Abel’s documentary “Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds” is among more than a dozen films showing on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30, at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport.

In its third year, the International Maritime Film Festival’s Grand Prize for Feature Films went to “Captain of Utopia,” which is about French mountain guide and polar explorer François Bernard, who has spent 30 years traveling to remote places like the South and North Poles.

The festival’s top prize for short films went to “Herring Opera.” The film is set in the small coastal town of Sitka, Alaska, where the most dramatic signal of spring is the arrival of the herring. Massive fishing boats arrive from out of town to vie for the “million dollar set” while local Alaskans prepare to harvest herring eggs in the traditional way, and thousands of whales, seals, and eagles crowd the ocean to eat the herring.

Runner-up in the feature film category, “Lobster War” was directed and produced by David Schwab, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Abel who was part of The Boston Globe team covering the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing. He covers fisheries and the environment for The Globe.

“Lobster War,” which explores the climate-fueled conflict between the United States and Canada over waters both nations have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as the Gray Zone, were traditionally fished by U.S. lobstermen.

For a full listing of all the films, ticket prices other festival details, visit www.maritimefilmfestival.com.

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