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The Hunt for Aquatic Invaders

Set upon the backdrop of one of Maine’s most extraordinary lakes, Moosehead, "The Hunt for Aquatic Invaders" takes the viewer on a very different kind of outdoor adventure, one that not only speaks to the urgency of the task of preventing the spread of aquatic invaders in Maine, but also provides guidance and inspiration as it explores the vital role that volunteers can play in local and statewide early detection efforts.

  • Steve Underwood
  • Roberta Hill, Steve Underwood
  • Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program
  • Roberta Hill
    Key Cast
  • Steve Underwood
    Key Cast
  • Robert French
    Key Cast
  • Elin Haugen
    Key Cast
  • Marsha Letourneau
    Key Cast
  • Dennis Roberge
    Key Cast
  • Liz Cannell
    Key Cast
  • Kay Johnson
    Key Cast
  • Scott Snell
    Key Cast
  • John Willard
    Key Cast
  • Scott Williams
    Key Cast
  • Steve Underwood
    Filmed & Edited by
  • Ann Bailey
    Additional Editing by
  • David Grant
    Additional Editing by
  • Joe DeFelice
    Lake Champlain Footage
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  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 29, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Maine Lake Monitors Conference
    Turner, Maine
    United States
    July 25, 2015
    Maine VLMP Premiere
  • 2015 Maine Outdoor Film Festival
    South Portland, Maine
    United States
    May 24, 2016
    Maine/New England Premier
  • 2015 Maine Outdoor Film Festival
    Freeport, Maine
    United States
    September 19, 2016
    LL Bean/Freeport Premier
  • Maine Outdoor 2015 Finale & Awards Ceremony
    Portland, Maine
    United States
    December 11, 2015
    Portland Museum of Art Premier
    Winner: 2015 MOFF Conservation Award
  • Maine Audubon Earth Day Film Fest
    Yarmouth, Maine
    United States
    April 21, 2016
    Maine Audubon Premier
Distribution Information
  • Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Video / Disc
Director Biography - Steve Underwood

Roberta Hill is an aquatic ecologist and environmental educator. She has been active in the field of lake protection and community outreach in Maine for twenty years, leading community-based projects that have ranged from watershed surveys, to non-point source remediation, to invasive aquatic plant monitoring. She has also been instrumental in the creation and development of some of Maine’s most successful lake education programs. Currently the Invasive Species Program Director for the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, Roberta is the originator and coordinator of the VLMP’s Invasive Plant Patrol (IPP) program. Working in close collaboration with lake associations, conservation groups and State Government, the IPP program has now trained nearly 4,000 individuals, including volunteers, professionals, agency personnel, students, teachers and others, to screen Maine waterbodies for the presence of invasive aquatic plants. The VLMP’s Invasive Plant Patrol program is widely seen as a model for citizen-based early detection. Roberta is the principal author of the Maine Field Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants, co-author of Citizens’ Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plant Management and writer and director of the award winning documentary "The Hunt for Aquatic Invaders."

Steve Underwood is the co-founder and production manager of the Good Theater in Portland Maine where he is not only one of the principal actors and a director in the theater company, but also fills in as sound designer, graphic designer, and on occasion, set designer. Steve was one of the creators and performers of the musical Radical Radio, which premiered in Maine and toured nationally for four years including an off-Broadway run at Playhouse 91. He also co-wrote the musical Spellbound! for the Theater Project and served as musical director and principal composer. He is a passionate free diver, and spends much of his time off in the summer holding his breath in Maine’s clearest lakes and ponds, while along the way capturing breathtaking underwater film. In 2015, Steve premiered his original one-man multi-media show titled "Underwater Guy" and launched one of Maine's most successful Kickstarter campaigns with his "ultimate adventure tripod" Pakpod. Steve co-wrote, co-directed, filmed and edited Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program's award winning short documentary, "The Hunt For Aquatic Invaders," and is currently working on a longer documentary tentatively titled: “Down East, Down Under.”

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Director Statement

The creation of "The Hunt for Aquatic Invaders" was the occasion of many firsts, both for us and for Maine: the first time Maine's largest lake--Moosehead--was thoroughly surveyed for the presence of aquatic invaders, the first time a team of volunteer aquatic plant surveyors was deployed on such a grand scale; the first time Steve and I had the pleasure of working closely together and sharing our passion for lakes, and, for both of us, our first film. We hope you enjoy it!