Peter Jay Brown
Peter Jay Brown has been called an eco-terrorist as a result of more than 30 years of work as an environmentalist, most notably with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Whether you call aggressive tactics like ramming major whaling vessels in international waters, or stopping the clubbing of baby seals eco-terrorism, the fact remains that Brown is an irreverently fearless conservationist and filmmaker. Although he is widely known for his stint on Discovery Channel’s hit show, Whale Wars, chronicling the exploits of the The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. In 1982, Peter Jay Brown began filming the unconventional activities of Paul Watson and his band of environmental pirates, risking his life with fellow volunteer crew members to raise awareness of illegal fishing, whaling and seal slaughter around the world. Each campaign that he’s chronicled could have easily been his last; from the dangers of the open seas, to being fired upon by foreign naval vessels, Brown and his comrades have overcome the perils of intense conservation to tell their tales. The behind-the-scenes look at life on the Sea Shepherd campaigns is poignant, humorous, and brutally honest. It gives the viewer and insider’s look into the aggressive conservation tactics of Captain Paul Watson and his crew. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. He has recently completed a feature length documentary based on his experiences, Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist. With over 30 years of experience producing show like Real People and Entertainment Tonight, combined with his enthusiasm for the pursuit of stopping crimes against wildlife, no matter what the cost, Brown has cultivated a uniquely outspoken insight into the art of storytelling. He has gone on to master his skills as a director and cinematographer, opting to specialize in capturing real-life adventure with a keen interest in big, sexy animals that could eat you. Over the past five years, Brown has produced and directed twenty films with the Kenya Wildlife Services for international television to champion wildlife conservation in Africa. In December 2001, Brown helped Mary MacMakin (winner of the EIS Award for her 40 years of humanitarian work in Afghanistan) to re-establish her charity, PARSA, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Aside from his conservation efforts, Brown also created, wrote, directed and produced the educational television series, “Pops”, about self-esteem, which was incorporated into elementary level curriculum in five U.S. states. Whether ramming ships in an illegal pursuit of endangered wildlife, conservation and activism on the high seas, hanging out with wildlife in Africa, making films to spread the awareness of the crimes against the wild, or teaching children to feel great about themselves, Brown is a force to be reckoned with who dedicates his existence to the protection of nature, regardless of what the “rules may be.