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MacGyver’s got a new gig.
Richard Dean Anderson will executive produce the first feature-length film from the non-profit marine conservation group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Why Just One? will follow Sea Shepherd’s 2015 sea turtle defense campaign, which took place in Honduras, Florida and Costa Rica. The anti-poaching campaign took place on the remote Pacuare Island and Moin Beach, the latter of which is where Costa Rican turtle defender Jairo Mora Sandoval was murdered on May 31, 2013, while attempting to protect leatherback turtle nests.
Sea Shepherd was founded by former Greenpeace member Paul Watson and is known for its actions against the Japanese whaling industry.
“My support for Captain Paul Watson, and the hearty hordes of volunteers who make up the crews venturing out to sea, has exposed me to the kind of ongoing education that continues to enlighten me, both head and heart,” said Anderson. “It is my hope, as Executive Producer, that this documentary will shed a bright light on a dire situation, and proceed to enlighten all of us to care about these endangered turtles, as well as all of our earth’s marine life.”
Charmed actress Holly Marie Combs, who currently appears on Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars, will act as an associate producer on the doc.
“Sea Shepherd has shined an international spotlight on the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and the documentary Why Just One? will bring that same international spotlight on the poaching of sea turtles in Costa Rica,” said Combs.
Why Just One? was crowdfunded, with its IndieGoGo campaign reaching its funding goal in 24 hours, with the help of backers from over 40 countries.
The film is scheduled for release in July.
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