Emperors of the Deep

Australia, Bahamas, South Africa, United States

Running time: 77 minutes - Language: English - Year: 2019

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Film Summary

Emperors of the Deep is a documentary film that takes the viewer on the personal odyssey of William McKeever into the world of the shark. His journey starts accidently when he stumbles on a shark tournament, when hundreds of sharks are killed. He is so angry at the massacre that he starts a quest to answer the question, should we care about sharks? Scientists show him how sharks are crucial to the marine ecosystem. McKeever decides to leave his job and devote his life to raising awareness about sharks in books and films and stopping their destruction.

Category: Conservation


William Mckeever

William McKeever is a filmwriter/director/producer of documentaries focused on ocean conservation as well as a published author.  He has been involved in film production for ten years. His first feature-length documentary was “Subprime: Bringing Down the House” in 2009. It appeared at several film festivals and exposed the real causes behind the 2008 financial crisis

His film, Emperors of the Deep-The Shark, is a unique documentary on sharks in which he was writer and director. The film is a travelogue into the world of sharks with interviews of the top shark biologists of the world. The production of the film took two years and a trip around the world to such exciting locations as Hawaii, South Africa and Cambodia. Working with the world’s leading underwater cameramen, he was able to capture extraordinary videos of sharks. Mr. McKeever also wrote a book, published by Harper Collins, of the same name as the film, which reveals new information about sharks and their important role in the marine ecosystem.

His other current documentary film that he wrote and directed is Oceans, Plastic and Health and is focused on plastic and its presence in the ocean. The movie is in-depth look at the plastic crisis from the standpoint of plastic’s impact on human health. The film is about to go into distribution.

Mr. McKeever is winner of the Wings Award from the Pegasus Foundation, a Floridian non-profit dedicated to promoting animal welfare. This award is given to individuals who have done outstanding work in conservation. Prior to working in the film industry, Mr. McKeever was a Wall Street executive as a managing director with UBS and Merrill Lynch for over twenty years. He brings his strong writing skills and extensive business experience to create unique films for theatrical and online release.


Purchase the Book!

In the new book, Emperors of the Deep:  Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians (May 2020; HarperOne, ISBN 978-0062932990, PRICE $16; Softcover), author and Conservationist William McKeever is on a mission to change everyone’s views of the mysterious creatures of the deep.  The book takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey around the world and deep under the water’s surface—from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific—to dispel the narrative about sharks (from Jaws to “Shark Week,)” which claims they’re terrifying underwater predators. McKeever says, “Sharks are unequivocally essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. When these important apex predators are removed from the ocean, the effect on reefs, seagrass and all the marine ecosystems is catastrophic for generations to come.”

Did you know?:

  • Who:Author William McKeever is a writer, a documentary filmmaker and the founder of the non-profit Safeguard the Seas, dedicated to ocean conservation. McKeever is the author of Emperors of the Deep,(hardcover released Tuesday, July 2nd), and the producer and director of the feature-length global documentary Emperors of the Deep—which has available for private screenings. (B-roll footage will be available to accompany his interviews).
  • Why:After McKeever saw a shark tournament, he was so incensed that he left his job in finance and now donates all of his time to ocean conservation and saving sharks.  He embarked on a two-year journey around the world to write the book and produce the film because every year the plight of the shark is getting worse.
  • Emperors of the Deep features the first female captains of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, the South African trackers of great whites, and the self-professed “last great shark hunter.”
  • The book includes interviews with world-renowned shark scientists who have examined the Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White sharks.
  • McKeever dispels the myth of sharks as man-eaters. Humans killed 100 million sharks last year while human fatalities from sharks were only 5 WORLDWIDE.

Web Link to purchase the book: https://emperorsofthedeep.com/how-to-order/