DHD has just received this note from Fisher Stevens:
I have been involved with many films over the years as an actor, director and producer. But working on The Cove has been one of my proudest moments in 28 years of being in the business. Getting the opportunity to make an exciting film, and one that can actually make a difference, is why I got into filmaking in the first place.
That is why I was so disappointed that our film, after winning awards in the last 13 film festivals it had entered, was rejected by the Tokyo Film Festival, whose theme this year is green. Not that it is that much of a shocker, but the main goal for making the film was to shut down the cove in Taijii, Japan, where 2,300 dolphins are killed every year. Most of the Japanese population has no idea that this is going on. What better way to let them know than to premiere it on the green carpet of this years festival.
We have sold the film in over 20 countries and sadly have yet to find any distributor who will go near the film in Japan.
We will continue to do our best to get the film out in Japan but it is a shame that, after being accepted in festivals all over the world, that we couldn’t get into this one.