The Filmmakers

TrimTab Crew in SC

I’m making 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 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. 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 or biking.

Melissa Mahoney


Melissa Mahoney holds a M.S. in marine science and has a research background across the biological and human dimension aspects of fisheries. She has developed working relationships with numerous members of California fishing communities. From 2005 to 2006, she was Program Manager for the Voices of the Bay, a collaborative fisheries education project that brought fishermen, scientists and teachers together to educate Monterey Bay area students about local fisheries. She has conducted research on the human dimensions of California fisheries with California Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries, and conducted research to document impacts of fishery regulations on local industry and communities. Melissa is Project Director of the CA Fisheries Initiative for the Nature Conservancy.

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?