Looking Back: Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist

Posted by Daniel Salazar, January 19, 2018

By Daniel Salazar

Peter J. Brown (left) at Cinema Verde’s 2012 Film & Arts Festival (Photo by Rob Osiecki)

Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist (2012) directed by Peter J. Brown, arguably best known for his stint on Animal Planet’s hit TV show, Whale Wars, is one of the most controversial films we have shown in Cinema Verde, and yet at the same time maybe one of the best ones.

Confessions chronicles Brown’s adventures with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, of which he has been a member of for 30 years. Together, they ram their ship against whale hunting boats and perform outrageous publicity stunts to bring the media’s attention to the whales’ plight. Brown, an esteemed director and cinematographer with decades of experience working in both television programs such as Entertainment Tonight, Pops, and NBC’s Real People and a variety of documentaries, combines professional filmmaking with propulsive storytelling to create a work that is just as much a documentary as it is an adventure movie. Through its uncomfortable subject matter, it forces audiences to reckon with issues such as what it means to be an activist and the ethics of vigilantism.

The film won the Audience’s Choice Award in Cinema Verde’s 2012 film festival and was an official selection at Cannes Film Festival. That year, Brown attended our festival and personally accepted his award, in addition to giving a talk to Gators Going Green at the University of Florida.

Almost five years after the release of Confessions, Brown is soon coming out with the long-awaited sequel, tackling the aftermath of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s battle with the media, and what activists may be able to do to turn the tides of the media war.

Cinema Verde’s ninth annual film festival will be held on February 8th and 9th at the Hippodrome and 10th and 11th at Heartwood Soundstage. This year, we are screening over 40 films from all over the world. Come join us to watch great films like Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist!

You can learn more about Confessions I and II in the films’ website.

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