Like The Cove and Blackfish, The Dark Hobby follows conservationists and scientists who will stop at nothing to protect what’s underwater.
The Dark Hobby tracks the turbulent crusade to save the reef life at stake in an age old struggle that pits conservation against commerce. Aquarium trade extraction, an industry worth billions, has devastated reef species and habitat globally. Aloha from Hawaii continues the fight.
A Hawaii Circuit court upheld the Supreme Court ruling in early 2021 that the aquarium trade must end. The relentless ten year legal battle unravels and weaves neatly through The Dark Hobby.
A Paradise Filmworks International production in association with Rhino Films and Earthworks Films. Executive producers are Robert Wintner of Snorkel Bob’s, Stephen Nemeth of Rhino Films, Oscar winner Maria Florio, and producer/director Paula Fouce. Co-producers are Benjamin Zuckerman, George Pierce, William Haugse and Timothy Kettle. Editors are Timothy Kettle and William Haugse, Oscar nominee for Hoop Dreams. Original Music composed by Luciano Storti. Underwater videography and photos from Indonesia, Palau, the Philippines, Cuba, St. Croix and Hawaii are by Keith Christie and Robert Wintner.
Featuring Kimokeo Kapalehuahua, kupuna and Robert Wintner, reef activist, AKA Snorkel Bob. Willy Kaupiko is Mayor of Millolii, Hawaii’s last working fishing village. Kaimi Kaupiko is a teacher and Hawaiian practitioner. Gail Grabowsky is Director of Environmental Studies at Chaminade University. A Martinez hosts Take Two on KPCC radio, LA. Jonathan Balcombe is author of What a Fish Knows. Ben Williamson, formerly of PETA, is now with World Animal Protection. Teresa Telecky, Vice President at Humane Society International, and Jessica Wooley was instrumental in passing Senate Bill 1240, halting Hawaii’s aquarium trade.