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Blackfish


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Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides – a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly – and unpredictably – able to turn on them at a moment’s notice. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who – unlike any orca in the wild – has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what went wrong?

Shocking footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that we only think we can control.

When you look into their eyes, somebody’s home. Somebody’s looking back at you. . . but it may not be what you think.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Directed by
GABRIELA COWPERTHWAITE

Produced by
MANUEL V. OTEYZA

Executive Produced by
JUDY BART
ERICA KAHN

Edited by
ELI DESPRES

Associate Produced by
TIM ZIMMERMANN

Written by
GABRIELA COWPERTHWAITE
ELI DESPRES

Cinematography by
JONATHAN INGALLS
CHRISTOPHER TOWEY

Music Composed by
JEFF BEAL

Location Sound by
JEFF STONE

Line Producer /UPM
MANUEL V. OTEYZA

Producer
GABRIELA COWPERTHWAITE

Researcher/Archival
JORDAN WALTZ

Co-Writer
TIM ZIMMERMANN

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Jackie Papier:
Email: jackiepapier@hotmail.com
Phone: (310) 488-6003

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“HAUNTING. THE MOVIE UNFOLDS LIKE A THRILLER. It’s a metaphor for the ages.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“***** EXTRAORDINARY. A MUST-SEE.” – Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News

“A GRIPPING MINDBENDER. May be the scariest movie around.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“THIS EYE-OPENING, EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT DOCUMENTARY HAS IT ALL: an oversize villain, chilling attack footage, corporate malfeasance, and girls in bikinis. IT WILL DOUBTLESSLY BE ONE OF THIS SUMMER’S MOST TALKED ABOUT FILMS.” – Thelma Adams, Yahoo Movies

“ENTHRALLING.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“RIVETING. It blurs the distinction between procedural thriller, empathetic psychological portrait and call-to-action.” – Mark Olsen, LA Times

“STIRRING, VITAL AND CONVINCING.” – Gary Goldstein, LA Times

“VITAL, REVEALING, WRENCHING AND IMPORTANT.” – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“RIVETING.” – Huffington Post

“****” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY

“Critic’s Pick.” – NY Times

“HEARTBREAKING AND CHILLING. As thorough a takedown of a business and its practices as you are likely to ever see.” – Roger Moore, LA Daily News/Orlando Sentinel

“EYE-OPENING.” – Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

 
Date for DVD release subject to change.