‘Bluefin’ makes slash at cli­mate change con­fer­ence

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Is­land film­maker John Hop­kins’ “Bluefin” con­tin­ues to make a splash, now be­ing screened in Cal­i­for­nia dur­ing the 2018 Global Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence. The screen­ing also marks a tri­umphant re­turn to San Fran­cisco where “Bluefin” re­ceived the Wildlife Award at the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Ocean Film Fes­ti­val. Hop­kins filmed his 53-minute doc­u­men­tary over a pe­riod of five years at sea off North Lake, un­rav­el­ling the un­set­tling mys­tery of why nor­mally wary bluefin tuna no longer fear hu­mans, us­ing stun­ning cin­e­matog­ra­phy to tell the story. As­ton­ished fish­er­men and sci­en­tists of­fer con­flict­ing ex­pla­na­tions as to why the tuna are turn­ing into pets. These pow­er­ful crea­tures, which can grow up to 15 feet in length, are now so strangely friendly and abun­dant that they will lit­er­ally eat out your hand. “‘Bluefin’ will turn ev­ery­thing you thought you knew about these in­cred­i­ble gi­ants on its tail. It’s re­ally the first film that sees an ocean fish as the wild an­i­mal it is, a thousand-pound, warm-blooded giant with gills that whole­sales at up to a mil­lion dol­lars ... We’ve seen Black­fish, The Cove and Shark­wa­ter but up to now Bluefin tuna have been com­pletely off our radar. We are wired to think of them only as food, not ex­tra­or­di­nary wildlife. It’s time we fi­nally un­der­stood what these in­cred­i­ble crea­tures truly are,” said Hop­kins. The screen­ing at the con­fer­ence fol­lows “Bluefin’s” suc­cess­ful run on the in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val cir­cuit with 24 of­fi­cial se­lec­tions, while also win­ning the Grand Award for Best Doc­u­men­tary at the Cal­i­for­nia Film Awards, San Diego.

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“Bluefin” by John Hop­kins.

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