The Filmmakers

TrimTab Crew in SC

I made this film to connect people who eat seafood with the people who catch it, and inspire viewers to make more responsible seafood choices.

I believe that when conscious, committed people are empowered with information about how they can make the world a better place, they use it to do just that.

– Mischa Hedges, Producer/Director
OF THE SEA: a film about California Fishermen



Mischa Hedges
Producer & Director

Mischa Hedges

Mischa Hedges is a social entrepreneur and award-winning documentary filmmaker. His passion is telling stories that raise social and environmental awareness and inspire people to action. His last feature-length documentary was Sustainable Table: what’s on your plate?, a documentary about food and farming. Most recently, Mischa produced and directed Women’s March: a story of democracy & human rights. Mischa holds an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University’s Green MBA program, and is Founder and Chief Storyteller at TrimTab Media, a communications agency that works with sustainable brands to leverage the power of their stories and make meaningful connections with their customers and supporters. When he’s not telling stories, you’ll find him outside: trail-running, surfing, hiking, and biking.

Melissa Mahoney

Melissa Stevens

Melissa Mahoney has over 15 years of experience in fisheries research and policy, spanning across academic, governmental, and non-profit sectors. She has performed a wide variety of research projects including age and growth studies of rockfish, seafood sustainability and markets, socio-economic analyses, and geo-spatial mapping. Melissa worked for The Nature Conservancy of CA, forming collaborative partnerships with fishermen to test new co-management techniques, market-based incentives, and monitoring technologies for improved fisheries management. Today, Melissa works for Environmental Defense Fund, where she supports ongoing policy work in the West Coast Groundfish fishery, helping to secure durable conservation and economic outcomes for the 80+ vessels participating in the catch shares program implemented by NOAA Fisheries in 2011.

Justin Lewis


Justin Lewis is a professional photographer and cinematographer. He weaves photography and filmmaking seamlessly into his lifestyle of exploration and adventure. Justin’s images are infused with joy and wonderment because of the passion with which he approaches life and photography. His life experiences yield images that stir appreciation for the beauty to be found in the world. No matter what setting he is in, or the equipment he uses, Justin puts raw, beautiful life into images that inspire the viewer into action. His latest documentary project is 70 Degrees West, a documentary about conservation and climate change.

Sashwa Burrous


Sashwa Burrous is a talented cinematographer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has photographed documentaries, music videos and fundraising videos for non-profit organizations. He has a passion for the outdoors, and brings a sense of adventure to all of his work. Sashwa has a unique ability to create jaw-droppingly beautiful time-lapse footage. He was a camera operator for award-winning documentary The First 70, a journey through California to document the closure of 70 State Parks, and recently started his own production company.

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TrimTab Media produces stories that connect, inspire and engage audiences. They specialize in communication strategy and authentic content creation for companies, non-profits and government. They also produce independent documentary films.


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What can we learn from fishermen about the ocean and our relationship to it?