Anchored on the personal stories of three small-scale fishermen, Last Man Fishing showcases the ways in which American fishermen have adapted to, struggled in, and are now beginning to remake our broken seafood system. One Alaskan fisherman becomes an activist to protect his native culture from the influence of the industrial fishing fleet, another leaves his job to become a full time fisherman, and the third finds a future in selling his jig-caught fish direct to consumers. With 70 percent of the global fish population fully used, overused or in crisis this documentary shows how consumers can protect fish stocks while also eating from the sea. These small-scale fishermen bring their passionate stories of hope to consumers that ultimately drive the market with their purchasing decisions.
JD Schuyler | Director
JD focuses his work on documenting community microcosms as relatable, illustrative stories of larger food system and sustainability issues. This work is his passion and has spanned the globe from Indiana to Liberia, Peru, Alaska, and the US/Mexico Border. JD’s credits include Director of FarmCity (Indianapolis, Indiana) and Sustainable Catch (Sitka, Alaska). JD studied New Media at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Nicolaas Mink, PhD | Executive Producer
Nicolaas Mink is co-founder and president of Sitka Salmon Shares, a direct-to-consumer seafood company that supports the country’s largest community supported fishery (CSF). Before becoming a fishmonger, he spent more than a decade in academia, earning a PhD in history, with an affiliation with the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He taught in the fields of food systems, environmental studies, and history, holding appointments at Northwestern University, Butler University, Knox College, and several campuses in the University of Wisconsin system. His research on food systems has been published widely. He’s been honored with grants and awards from the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Susan Stenander, CPA, MBA | Executive Producer
Ever since Susan helped the IL EPA start changing policy in 2009 to allow food scraps for composting she has had a passion for good local policy decisions. Susan has 12 years experience in private equity at one of the nation’s largest single family offices, Henry Crown & Company. Her tenure included oversight of the portfolio company, Red Crown Productions, and its five-year independent film activity representing seven films and $25 million in aggregate film budgets. Susan is also an Advisor to Sitka Salmon Shares, a CSF that is featured in Last Man Fishing. Susan holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance from Drake University. She is a CPA.
Kelley Jordan | Producer
Kelley has a passion to bring justice to the food system after being involved with food and farming for many years. Combining this with a desire to tell meaningful stories, she created Farm Stories, a series of photo essays about farmers and food producers who encourage healthy stewardship of our bodies, communities, and earth. Farm Stories has taken Kelley abroad to England and France, and domestically to California, Michigan, and Indiana.
Zachary Shield | Production Assistant/Camera
Zachary is a filmmaker who has crossed the Gobi Desert, endured -50 temperatures in the Arctic and traveled to 5 continents in order to tell great stories. He has worked for some of the world’s biggest brands to create a broad range of stories for commercials, tv shows and branded content. His passion is in finding authentic stories that inspire and affect change. Whether he’s in an earthquake disaster zone or interviewing a Fortune 500 CEO he believes with an honest approach and worthy goal there is always a story to be told. Zachary won a Webby Award for an innovative web documentary covering the untold stories of the devastating 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.