After The Bite

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After The Bite

Q&A with filmmaker Ivy Meeropol, moderated by writer Alec Wilkinson

When a young man is killed by a shark at a popular beach on Cape Cod, the local community of lifeguards, fishermen, surfers, scientists, and citizen activists are forced to confront dramatic changes to their environment and way of life. Award-winning filmmaker Ivy Meeropol’s latest film After the Bite is a thoughtful exploration of how the Cape’s coastal community is renegotiating its relationship with the marine environment to consider the larger question that has plagued the human race since the industrial revolution: how far can we push nature before it bites back?

Followed by a reception in the Jane Peck Gallery.

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Q&A with filmmaker Ivy Meeropol, moderated by writer Alec Wilkinson
Wednesday, Jun. 28 2023, 7:00
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  • Ivy Meeropol's latest feature documentary After the Bite, about the explosion of great white sharks and seals on Cape Cod, will premiere on HBO July 2023. She premiered her HBO documentary Roy Cohn: Bully, Coward, Victim at the 2019 New York Film Festival and in 2020 the film was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary. She was Senior Story Producer on the CNN Films documentary The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House, which premiered at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and was one of the highest rated of CNN’s original films. Ivy’s debut film, Heir to an Execution (HBO), explored the legacy of her grandparents Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. It premiered at Sundance and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Kenneth Turan, of the Los Angeles Times, called it, “An exceptional documentary... a compelling emotional narrative laced with explosive political material.” Ivy was a Sundance Institute Fellow and has been awarded grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the NY State Council for the Arts, and the MacArthur Foundation. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
  • Alec Wilkinson began writing for The New Yorker in 1980, after working as a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and as a rock-and-roll musician. Wilkinson’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and a Lyndhurst Fellowship Prize. His latest upcoming book, A Divine Language, was released last year.

This film is part of the Focus On Nature series.

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