David Abel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who covers fisheries and environmental issues for The Boston Globe. Abel’s work has also won an Edward R. Murrow Award, the Ernie Pyle Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Feature Reporting. He co-directed and produced Sacred Cod, a film about the collapse of the iconic cod fishery in New England, which was broadcast by the Discovery Channel in the spring of 2017. He also directed and produced two films about the Boston Marathon bombings, which were broadcast to national and international audiences on BBC World News, Discovery Life and Pivot. His last film, Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys, has been screened at film festivals around the country. Abel is the film’s director, producer and co-director of photography.
Andy Laub, founder and director of As It Happens Creative, has hiked more than 5,000 miles in search of compelling stories. From nature films to cultural documentaries, he’s worked as a writer, cinematographer, editor, visual effects artist, expedition coordinator and soundtrack composer for networks including the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and BBC World News. He co-produced and directed Sacred Cod and Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys with Abel. Laub’s other films have explored the urban boom in Mongolia, the application of ancient building traditions by the Hopi Indians and one unique runner’s return to the Boston Marathon after the bombings. His film As It Happens: Pacific Crest Trail has been viewed by more than a half-million people worldwide. Laub is Lobster War’s producer, editor, soundtrack composer and co-director of photography.
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