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Rob Stewart

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Revolution & Sharkwater

Rob Stewart passed away after a dive in the Florida Keys on January 31, 2017. He was a longtime speaker with NSB, inspiring & empowering audiences to create change for the good of future generations. He will be missed.

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Rob Stewart is on a mission to Save the Humans. An award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker, his 2013 film Revolution hit more theatres than any other documentary in Canada. His previous film Sharkwater, won more than 30 awards at international film festivals, including a Canada’s Top Ten Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Revolution – Save the Humans
Revolution is about the evolution of human life.  It’sa presentation that’s 3.5 billion years in the making.  By the middle of this century, we will face a world with no reefs, no fish, no rainforests and 9 billion people on the world.  We can’t sustain this in the way we currently live.  Conservation is key.  Stewart’s mission is to turn the fate of humanity around, and see the best in humanity, as we cure the ailments of society and usher in a new era of human evolution.

  • I just wanted to thank you for all your help in getting Marc and Rob for our Ecoschool Conference. Marc set the stage for the energy of the day and Rob topped it off by sending them all off with a "you can do anything" attitude. Both speakers were amazing and left the students, staff and me inspired, positive and empowered.

    - Ecoschool conference
  • I heard from many who attended the Sharkwater breakout, it was amazing and kept the audience on the edge of their seats wanting to hear and learn more.

    - Service Alberta

Summary Profile

“If we’re going to turn the fate of humanity around, we’ll call the best of humanity to the height of their potential and usher in a new era of human revolution.”

Rob Stewart is an award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker. His film, Sharkwater, won the most documentary film awards in 2007, bringing in more than 30 awards at international film festivals, including a Canada’s Top Ten Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

The Toronto native began studying underwater photography when he was only 13 years old, and went on to become a scuba instructor trainer five years later. Prior to making Sharkwater, Stewart spent four years travelling the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s magazines and as an award-winning freelance photographer. 

Stewart’s second film, Revolution, was released theatrically in Canada in 2013 and will release in theaters worldwide in 2014. This groundbreaking documentary has received both critical and audience acclaim and has won a number of awards at film festivals around the world. He has led expeditions to the most remote areas of the world, and has logged thousands of hours underwater.

His work has appeared in nearly every media form worldwide, including BBC Wildlife, Asian Diver, Outpost, Entertainment Tonight, Discovery Channel, and ABC. His idea for Sharkwater began while Stewart was on assignment to photograph sharks in the Galapagos Islands. He discovered people were using an illegal commercial fishing technique called long lining that was indiscriminately killing sharks within the marine reserve.

After his attempts to create awareness through print campaigns failed, he decided to make a film to bring people closer to sharks. This remarkable journey took more than four years, went through 15 different countries, and encompassed more than 400 hours of footage. It also involved corruption, espionage, attempted murder charges, and mafia rings, along with other obstacles including life-threatening health risks for Stewart.

In the end, Sharkwater became an incredible human drama instead of an underwater film. Rob Stewart has had a life-long fascination with sharks and put his own safety in jeopardy to create awareness for one of the ocean’s most misunderstood creatures. Audiences will be captivated by his determination and courage as he shares how he overcame multiple challenges to tell his story.

Highlights 

  • Sharkwater had the largest opening weekend of any Canadian documentary, and the third largest opening of a documentary in Canadian history, second only to Fahrenheit 911 and Supersize Me
  • Authored the hardcover book, Sharkwater: An Odyssey to Save the Planet
  • Sharkwater was the most award-winning documentary in 2007, garnering more than 30 awards at film festivals around the world
  • Sharkwater premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and won a Canada’s Top Ten Award
  • Revolution recognition includes:  Most Popular Environmental Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Best Documentary runner-up at the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as being the highest-rated Canadian documentary and Filmmaker of the Year at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
RT @teamfinfree: For those who cannot attend the funeral for @teamsharkwater there will be a LIVE STREAM on https://t.co/0B4N0L5IzH @ 1pm t… (2017-02-17 04:15:21)
The Stewart family is asking friends and family attending Rob's funeral this Saturday to wear blue, in honour of hi… https://t.co/NsHMrv8kUQ (2017-02-17 03:35:28)
A message in memory of Rob Stewart (1979-2017). https://t.co/XRQzjE9pJX (2017-02-07 10:00:08)