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Tiger Sharks Fight for Survival

Tiger Sharks Fight for Survival follows conservation organization Shark Team One to a remote underwater bank in the Bahamas where they discover multiple pregnant 15 foot female tiger sharks! The sharks are safe within the borders of The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary but once they swim toward the East Coast, they are fair game for United States commercial fishermen. This film features rare footage of pregnant females, highlights tiger shark reproductive science and inspires a greater understanding for how valuable marine sanctuaries are for the survival of critical species. Tiger Sharks Fight for Survival is a film for all audiences and policymakers.

  • Angela Smith
  • Angela Smith
  • Angela Smith
  • Kelly Casey
  • John Casagrande
  • Kelly Casey
    Film Editor
  • Auvigy
    Music Supervision
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Nature
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 24, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4K
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • BLUE Ocean Film Festival

    Honorable Mention
  • Jackson Hole Science Media Awards

  • FilmGate Documentary Film Series

  • Wildlife Conservation Film Festival

  • The Frank Gallery Earth Day Film Festival

  • Berlin Flash Film Festival

  • Jackson Hole WILD Living Oceans Film Showcase

  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Director Biography - Angela Smith

Angela Smith – Founder of Shark Team One, is a passionate conservationist, photographer, explorer, filmmaker and ocean advocate.

In response to the rapid decline of shark species around the world Angela created Shark Team One, a conservation expedition organization. Shark Team One plays an important role protecting sharks and ocean ecosystems with conservation projects, outreach initiatives and citizen science expeditions to worldwide locations where endangered shark species can still be found.

Angela has worked on Academy Award winning films and was a film and video producer at Propaganda Films in Los Angeles working with directors such as David Fincher, Dominic Sena and Zack Snyder. She has created Peabody Award winning broadcast projects and was listed as "AV Video Multimedia Magazine’s Top 100 Producers" for her work producing, America: A Tribute to Heroes.

Conservation awards include Blue Ambassador of the Year for “Significant contributions in South Florida marine conservation” and the Community Leader - Ocean Environment award from National Week of the Ocean. She is also a PERC “Enviropreneur” Fellow, having been invited to attend the 2015 “Enviropreneur” Institute, an environmental entrepreneur think tank in Bozeman, Montana.

Angela is a Vice-Chairman of Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) A National Action Plan by United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) and is a Working Group Member Representing Non-Governmental Organizations for Florida DEP’s program “Our Florida Reefs,” a community planning process for conservation of Southeast Florida’s coral reef tract.

As an underwater photographer her work appears in gallery exhibits, publications and is used by conservation groups worldwide to highlight the need for ocean action. She was inducted into the Ocean Artists Society (OAS) in 2015 for conservation photography and photojournalism, is a photojournalist for The Sylvia Earle Alliance, a Cressi Ambassador and a member of Women Diver’s Hall of Fame.

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Director Statement

Many species of sharks will be extinct in just the next few decades and we need to do everything in our power to prevent this. I have a passionate desire to secure what is left of our valuable ocean resources, so my goal with this short film is to show the public how fragile and important sharks are.

My background in conservation outreach comes through in this film where I made it a priority to educate the audience about tiger shark science, overfishing and the importance of marine protected areas. I want to inspire people to take action wherever they are, even if they don’t live near an ocean.

Problems facing the world’s oceans are a global concern so I hope this film will significantly transcend my reach so more and more people can become as passionate about sharks and helping our oceans as I am.