A conversation with Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, producer of Academy Award winning film, The Cove – show 21

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Taiji, a little town with a really big secret.

That’s how the Academy Award winning documentary film, The Cove, begins. The really big secret that takes place in this little fishing town in Japan is a really big nightmare. Year after year, dolphins on a migratory path are surrounded by fishing boats, slaughtered and sold for their meat. Hundreds of thousands of dolphins have died in this cove. Except for the young, female dolphins which sell for up to $150,000 to marine parks and “swim with dolphin” programs around the world. 

This is the backdrop of my conversation with Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, the producer of The Cove. Paula shares how this film has impacted her and why its message shouldn’t just end with the filmmakers. “One person can make a difference. You can make a difference,” she said out loud. And she proves this every day of her life through her non-profit, There With Care. Her mission:  To provide a range of practical services for children and families facing critical illness in order to ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations during a medical crisis. We love you Paula! 

This is interview two in a four-part LOHAS forum guest series.

About my guest: Paula DuPre’ Pesmen was an Associate Producer on many films including the first three Harry Potter films, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Rent. In 2005, Paula founded the Colorado based non-profit, There With Care, and also began working with friend and director, Louie Psihoyos, as a Producer on the 2010 Academy Award winning documentary film, The Cove. During her time on the first three Potter films, Paula was inspired by more than 65 families of critically ill children through a program she started welcoming them to the Potter sets for their wish-for-a-day.

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