Playing with Sharks

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Virtual Available In:USA
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00 (+ $2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Spotlight: Common Ground
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Includes Q&A
Release Year:2020
Runtime:95 min
Print Source:National Geographic Documentary Films
Director:Sally Aitken
Executive Producer:Anna Godas
Oli Harbottle
Alan Erson
Paul Wiegard
Producer:Matthew M. North
Cinematographer:Ron Taylor
Michael Latham
Judd Overton
Nathan Barlow
Toby Ralph
Editor:Adrian Rostirolla
Composer:Caitlin Yeo


Your ticket includes a recorded Filmmaker Q&A following the film.

Valerie Taylor isn’t your typical filmmaker — she is also a champion diver and noted marine conservationist, who has dedicated her life’s work to capturing images of sharks, most famously in the blockbuster Jaws. Director Sally Aitken’s stunning documentary captures this fearless Australian photographer and activist.

With her husband, Ron, Taylor has a whole career’s worth of unbelievable underwater footage of sharks of all kinds, from around the world. As the title implies, Valerie’s passion is a reflection of her commitment and her desire to engage with sharks in her pink wetsuit. Over 80 years old now, Taylor has a lifetime of footage that Aitken assembles to give us a stunning view of the ocean as it once was, devoid of plastics and other pollution, filled with a vibrant community of sharks, which have now been reduced to a slim percentage of what they once were. “A visually stunning documentary tribute…” --David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Director Biography

Sally Aitken is an Emmy and Caméra d'Or-nominated director with nearly two dozen credits to her name. Along with her numerous television credits, she is also the director of the documentary feature Getting Frank Gehry (2015). Playing with Sharks (2021) is her most recent feature.