Follow-up Film About Seattle’s Fishemen’s Terminal Revisits Controversy, Media Coverage and Repercussions of 2001 Port Saga

Fishermen’s Terminal Revisited, produced and written by Antioch University Seattle faculty member Dr. BJ Bullert, debuts December 7 on the Seattle Channel (Channel 21) at 7:30 and 10:30 pm.  It will be available for viewing online starting December 4 at www.seattlechannel.org/communitystories/.


Seattle – In 2001, Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal, the homeport for the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, began welcoming pleasure boats into the traditionally working-class fishing port and by default, its surrounding community. After one film detailing the civic policies, news coverage, resulting disagreements, and impact the change had on the people who rely on the terminal for their livelihoods, historian, filmmaker and Antioch University Seattle (AUS) faculty BJ Bullert created a follow-up film that looks at the controversial issue, its resulting gentrification of the area, and displacement in the rapidly-growing city of Seattle.

“Sometimes, a topic clings in the imagination and won’t let go until it’s done. That was the case with Fishermen’s Terminal: Revisited,” said Bullert, who began her latest film as a sequel after bodies of dead fishermen were found floating near the docks shortly after the first film aired on KCTS, Seattle’s public television station.

After several investigations, audits, financial inquiries and changes to Port procedures, policies and leadership – all reported through local news organizations, especially the Seattle Post-Intelligencer – the news organization covering the controversy closed.

“Since then, the news business has morphed and fragmented, and there’s been a noticeable decline in investigative reporting overall and on the Port of Seattle in particular. It could be that there’s little to report, but how would the public know?” asks Bullert, who produced, directed, wrote and narrated the film. “Where are the reporters today who would be keeping tabs on this agency that controls most of Seattle’s waterfront?”

Bullert teaches in AUS’ BA Degree Completion program, and is a former Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University, where she studied the relationship between advocacy campaigns and mainstream media, among other teaching and research positions. She holds a doctorate in communication from the University of Washington, a M.Litt from Oxford University and a BA in philosophy from Boston University. She grew up in West Seattle and returned there after living abroad and on the east coast. She has been making documentaries since the 1980s, and her prior films include Dancing Lives, Everett DuPen: Sculptor, and Fishermen’s Terminal.

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