A filmmaker dives into Sylvia Earle’s underwater world in the doc Mission Blue

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The new documentary Mission Blue, charts the life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Director Fisher Stevens set out to make a film about her work, and ended up being fascinated by the person. Photo: Mission Blue The new documentary Mission Blue charts the life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Director Fisher Stevens set out to make a film about her work, and ended up being fascinated by the person. Photo: Mission Blue

Fisher Stevens produced The Cove, the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary about dubious Japanese dolphin-hunting practices, and his latest film takes him back into familiar waters. Stevens co-directed the newly-released doc Mission Blue, spending the last four years trekking around the world—from the Galapagos Islands to the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Barrier Reef—with unstoppable oceanographer Sylvia Earle.

Mission Blue is now on Netflix. Watch it here »

This film, which Stevens co-directed with Robert Nixon (Gorillas in the Mist), follows the venerable marine biologist, eco-activist and 2009 TED Prize winner as she campaigns to create “hope spots,” underwater areas protected by law because of how critical they are to the health of…

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