About the film

LAST MAN FISHING is a cinematic look at the vastly changing seafood system through the lens of small-scale fishermen across the United States. Narrated by best-selling author Mark Bittman, the film explores the dichotomy between the industrial model and sustainable fishing methods that focus on conservation and quality.

Among the fishermen profiled is renegade New Englander Tim Rider, whose dream of supporting his family as a fisherman is met with numerous challenges. His story parallels that of Darius Kasperzak, a jig boat fisherman in Kodiak, Alaska, who seeks to build infrastructure for a struggling small boat fleet.

Filmmaker JD Schuyler weaves a collection of intimate stories from coastal communities with expert interviews to portray the complex struggle between corporate giants and family fishers. Produced in part by veteran filmmaker Matt Wechsler (SUSTAINABLE), and featuring conservationist Carl Safina and author Paul Greenberg, LAST MAN FISHING calls to question the ethics of the seafood industry and its impact on small-scale fishing across the United States.


Upcoming screenings

Date Venue
Opens Mar 19 Virtual Slow Fish 2021

Our Team


JD is a filmmaker who believes in the power of media to inspire change. Growing up on a state park, he learned an appreciation for the outdoors that he carries into his life and work today. He has since married his career with a passion for environmental and food justice issues. For the last 5 years, he has worked in Alaska on issues related to commercial fishing, mining, and forest conservation. His passion for protecting ecosystems keeps him focused on the next story. LAST MAN FISHING is his feature directorial debut, stepping outside his tenure as a producer of client driven short film projects. He dreams of starting a bison farm with his family and rewilding his home state of Indiana.


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.


Mark Bittman is the author of 20 acclaimed books, including the How to Cook Everything series, the award-winning Food Matters, and The New York Times number-one bestseller, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. For more than two decades his popular and compelling stories appeared in the Times, where he was ultimately the lead food writer for the Sunday Magazine and became the country’s first food-focused Op-Ed columnist for a major news publication. Throughout his career Bittman has strived for the same goal: to make the food, in all its aspects, understandable.


Matt Wechsler is an award winning documentarian, sustainable food activist and urban farmer from Evanston, Illinois. His 2016 film, SUSTAINABLE, is now available on Netflix and received the 2016 Accolade Global Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement. His 2012 New York Emmy-nominated documentary, DIFFERENT IS THE NEW NORMAL, aired nationally on PBS and was narrated by Michael J. Fox. His most recent film, RIGHT TO HARM, premiered at the 2019 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.


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.


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.


Michael Lahey is a documentary filmmaker, producer, and editor based in Chicago, IL. His first film,Tugs Untied, won the Best of Arizona Award at the Arizona International Film Festival. Michael’s next doc, Making Waves, won the Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and the Great Lakes Independent Film Festival. In 2015, he co-produced and edited the documentary Selected, which premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival, and he recently completed his third film, Shelf Life: The Story of Lanzi Candy. Michael has edited programs for PBS, Discovery Channel, History Channel and National Geographic Channel, among others. He grew up in DeKalb, IL, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Film and Literature from Northern Illinois University. In 2004, he founded his production company, Jump Cut Films.

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