New Beford Whaling Museum to Host Film Highlighting the Plight of New England Groundfishermen


The New Bedford premiere of Dead in the Water, produced and directed by Rockport native and award-winning filmmaker David Wittkower, will be hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum on December 15th at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The screening will be followed by a post-film discussion led by Angela Sanfilippo, President of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, Executive Director of the Mass Fishermen’s Partnership and co-producer of the film, as well as some of the fishermen featured in the film. Seating is limited. Register at

Wittkower, a graduate of the American Film Institute, describes Dead in the Water as an examination of the destruction of the New England ground fishing industry through government regulations. Dead in the Water is Wittkower’s 15th documentary film. The film is presented as part of the Dock-U-Mentaries movie series, which are films about the working waterfront presented the third Friday of each month at the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park.

Presented in partnership with the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park.

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