800 Aurora Street
Houston, TX 77009
5:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
14 Pews presents Texas Filmmakers Series: Sushi: The Global Catch. Join us for free Saint Arnold's beer and a talk-back with director Mark Hall.Sushi, a cuisine formerly found only in Japan, has grown exponentially in other nations, and an industry has been created to support it. In a rush to please a hungry public, the expensive delicacy has become common and affordable, appearing in restaurants, supermarkets and even fast food trailers. The traditions requiring 7 years of apprenticeship in Japan have given way to quick training and mass-manufactured solutions elsewhere.This hunger for sushi has led to the depletion of apex predators in the ocean, including bluefin tuna, to such a degree that it has the potential to upset the ecological balance of the world’s oceans, leading to a collapse of all fish species.Mark Hall (Producer/Director)
Mark is an independent filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. “Sushi: The Global Catch” is his first feature-length film project – which was conceived while visiting Warsaw, Poland. Mark was amazed by the popularity of sushi in eastern Europe and viewed the cuisine as emblematic of how economies have rapidly globalized. He was a part of the ‘early’ days of the Internet, having established the world’s largest online education portal in 1998. Mark’s experience in media – along with his background in business and law – was a big help in completing “Sushi.”His last documentary, “Mission on Seven,” won a Platinum Award at the 2010 Houston Worldfest film festival. He attended graduate school in Japan and loves sushi.