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Austin Documentary Wins Special Jury Award at Seattle Film Festival

A film that explores the global popularity of sushi and its devastating effect on the Bluefin tuna population won a special jury award at the Seattle International Film Festival. “Sushi: The Global Catch” premiered at the festival last week.

"The film brings to the forefront the urgent and occasionally competing arguments of overfishing that don't necessarily have easy answers - truly a film that is food for thought,” the jury said in its comments of the film.

“Sushi: The Global Catch” is the first feature length documentary made by Austin-based producer and director Mark Hall and his team of local film makers. It also includes an interview with Austin sushi chefTyson Cole.

This review on says the film is most interesting when it addresses the dilemma that sushi eaters and producers face:

While we all know on an intellectual level that the global appetite for sushi is harming fish stocks, it’s hard to get around the addiction to its consumption.

A reviewer for Seattle Weekly noted that the images of fish markets, sushi restaurants, and Bluefin tuna meat are so stunningly gorgeous that the film, ironically, might leave you more hungry than concerned.

"Makes you never want to eat sushi again, huh?," a movie-house staffer asked an attendee leaving a recent screening. "Actually," the moviegoer said, "it kind of makes you crave it."

To find out when the movie will be screened in Austin, you can follow the film on Twitteror Facebook.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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