The trailer too After the bite examines a community impacted by a deadly shark attack and previews the documentary, which premieres Wednesday, July 26 (10:00 am – 11:30 pm ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on Max becomes. The documentary is directed and produced by Ivy Meeropol, who previously directed the HBO series The Story of Roy Cohn. Her latest feature film explores the conflict in a Cape Cod beach community that has become one of the world’s great white shark hotspots.
Check out the After the Bite trailer below:
What you should know after the bite
“A fatal 2018 shark attack on a boogie boarder in the town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, shocked visitors and residents of the idyllic summer community of Cape Cod, forcing them to respond to the encroachment of apex predators,” reads the official summary. “As shark numbers increase each year, AFTER THE BITE examines the far-reaching implications for this beach community when rapid changes in nature conflict with a cherished way of life.”
It continues, “Great white sharks have dominated the headlines in recent years as their deadly interactions with humans have increased in waters from Maine to the Cape and Islands. Those tasked with protecting the public are being forced to address the risk of serious injury through haemostasis equipment on public beaches, warning signs, the use of shark tracking apps, reconnaissance aircraft, and new lifeguard training programs and protocols.”
“AFTER THE BITE is a deep dive into how a coastal community is renegotiating its relationship with our rapidly changing environment. The changes are numerous: warmer waters, interactions between species like never before, as well as the rapidly growing number of the shark’s favorite prey, the North Atlantic gray seal, whose population has increased again since the seals were protected by the Act from marine mammals from 1972.
Described as a “portrait of a connected community of people and wildlife,” the documentary “features a range of voices from different sides of these issues and addresses the larger question of how far humans can push nature before it strikes back.”
Featured attendees include “lifeguards, conservationists, fishermen, journalists, paramedics, townspeople, activists and scientists affected by the problems and working on solutions, including seal researcher Lisa Sette of the Center of Costal Studies; dr Greg Skomal and Meg Winton of the Atlantic White Shark Conservatory, which marks and tracks sharks off the coast of Cape Cod and estimates that 800 individual great white sharks were in Cape Cod waters between 2015 and 2018; New Yorker author Alec Wilkinson; and Crocker Snow, a longtime island owner whose uninhabited island in Nantucket Sound is, among other things, the largest breeding ground for seals in the western North Atlantic.”
After the Bite is presented by HBO Documentaries. It’s A Reversal Films Production in association with Red 50 Inc., produced by Xan Parker and Meeropol and executive produced by Whitney Dow, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller and Tina Nguyen.