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THE SHIPSMEN - still #1


East Coast Premiere

Director: Erik Christopher Lopez

United States, 2014, 3 min

Shooting Format:HDV

Festival Year:2014


Crew:Screenwriter: Erik Christopher Lopez


In the underground fish oil cologne trade, no one is safe and everyone gets caught... The Shipsmen is an extended music video/commercial for a discreet brooklyn-based bespoke cologne manufacturer that specializes in fragrances made from local fish oils.


About the director

Erik Christopher Lopez is a writer/director known for his strange and funny short films and offbeat scripts. For more than a decade he has collaborated with various industry professionals on both coasts, creating and consulting on a wide range of films, television pilots and screenplays. Festivals include Dances With Films, Brooklyn Film Festival, Brownfish Short Film Festival, NexTV Writing Competition, and New York Television Festival.

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Filmmaker's note

Real fish, real snow, really cold. That sums up this winter's shoot of The Shipsmen. We fought frostbite, winter storms and the odor from the back of the van - “fresh” fish from Chinatown. Signing on New York legend “Al's Limo” was easy - the big challenge was finding a boat after most of them were already out of the water. But Captain Rich came through and we got the icy shots we needed - without slipping off of the snow-covered bow of the “Island Girl” - a trusty crab fishing boat that has seen its fair share of Shipsmen.


Director Erik Christopher Lopez will be available for Q&A after the screening.

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