MDC’s Tower Theater

Chasing the Thunder

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 96min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Documentary Achievement Award

A high-seas, dramatic environmental documentary about conservation activist vessel Sea Shepherd, and its epic 110-day, 10,000-mile chase of the “Thunder,” one of the world’s most notorious poaching vessels. Across two seas and three oceans, the marine activists of the Sea Shepherd hunt the fugitive fishing ship through massive ice floes, storm-tossed seas, a near-collision and violent confrontations until a final and dramatic clash.

Chasing the Thunder is a thrilling adventure full of drama, action and excitement that tells the real life story of a group of marine activists with their minds set on a mission and the will to persist until they have reached their goal of hunting down the infamous “Thunder.”


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Director: Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin
Producer: Katie Carpenter
Executive Producer: Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Rocky Collins, Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin
Production Company: Brick City, Vulcan Productions, Discovery

Music: Vanacore Music
Cinematographer: Sam Sielen
Editor: Daniel Coda

Cast: Captain Paul Watson, Captain Peter Hammarstedt, Captain Sid Chakravarty

Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin

Mark Benjamin is from Miami. He is a Coral Gables High School graduate who has spent innumerable hours spearfishing in Biscayne Bay and has a long career as a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker. He was director of photography on Slam (1998), directed by Marc Levin, and is co-creator of the hit SundanceTV series Brick City (2009) and Animal Planet's Ocean Warriors (2016).

Marc Levin is from New York City. His feature film debut Slam (1998) won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He has directed numerous feature films, feature documentaries, TV films and series and worked with notable networks such as HBO (the Emmy-award winning Thug Life in D.C.), SundanceTV (Brick City) and CNN (Chicagoland).