Why Just One

Sea Shepherd Founder/CEO Captain Paul Watson to participate in a post-screening Q&A

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will premiere its first feature length documentary - Why Just One? - on Friday, Dec. 16 at the Dolby 88 Screening Room in New York City.

Sea Shepherd Founder, President and CEO Captain Paul Watson will be on hand at the premiere and participate in a post-screening Q&A of the film, which he also executive produced.

The documentary follows Sea Shepherd's 2015 sea turtle defense campaign, Operation Jairo, which took place in Honduras, Florida and Costa Rica. Why Just One? focuses specifically on the sea turtle defenders’ successes and struggles in Costa Rica.

Ethan Wolf, head coordinator of Sea Shepherd’s New York City Chapter, and event organizer, said: “Despite the endangered status of sea turtles, Costa Rica follows what is called poacher's law: the first poacher to reach a turtle nest owns everything he or she finds in the nest.  The problem with this approach is that the very term contradicts itself. Poaching is illegal.  There can be no law in what is already illegal.”

“Sea turtles have roamed the oceans for millions of years, but poaching, fishing and plastic have decimated their populations by 97% in some places in just 30 years,” said the film’s executive producer, Andrea Gordon. “Why Just One? is a film for the sea turtles. It’s the call to action they can’t make themselves. Sea turtles need our help, and we have to answer their call.”

Tickets for the New York premiere are $15 per person, which includes the 9:30 pm screening of Why Just One? followed by the Q&A at 10:30 pm. For more information on how to purchase them, click here.

Special VIP Reception for Captain Watson at Premiere

The premiere of Why Just One? will mark Captain Watson’s first New York public appearance since arriving to the United States in August. He was living in France for the past two years under the protection of the French Government due to two Red Notices issued against him by Japan and Costa Rica. (Click here for more detailed information about the Red Notices)

To mark Captain Watson’s return to the U.S., guests can purchase VIP tickets for $30, which, in addition to the screening and Q&A, includes a private reception attended by Watson.

The VIP reception will be held from 8:30 pm to 9:15 pm and includes food and drinks. For more information on how to purchase these tickets, click here.

About The Film

Why Just One?  takes place on the remote Pacuare Island and Moin Beach, the latter where Costa Rican turtle defender Jairo Mora Sandoval was brutally murdered on May 31, 2013 while attempting to protect leatherback turtle nests.

From death threats to attacks, from protecting sea turtles and their eggs, to interviews with Costa Rican activists and Sandoval's best friend, Why Just One? seeks to answer the question of why only one in one thousand sea turtles survive to maturity.

The documentary also looks to answer why sea turtles are disappearing from the beaches of Costa Rica – and can we save them in time?

Why Just One? is directed, produced and edited by Michael Colin with music by Moby. Actor/activist Richard Dean Anderson also serves as executive producer with Captain Watson and Andrea Gordon. Actress/activist Holly Marie Combs is the film’s associate producer.

For more information about the film, to learn about sea turtles and how to take action, please visit the film’s website.

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