~~February 19, 2014~~
Blackfish is a 2013 documentary film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2013, and was picked up by Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films for wider release.
The documentary focuses on the captivity of Tilikum, a killer whale involved in the deaths of three individuals, and the consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity. The coverage of Tilikum includes his capture in 1983 off the coast of Iceland, purported harassment by fellow captive whales at Sealand of the Pacific, incidents that Cowperthwaite argues contributed to the whale’s aggression and includes testimonial from Lori Marino, Director of Science with Nonhuman Rights Project.
Cowperthwaite also focuses on SeaWorld‘s claims that lifespans of whales in captivity are comparable to those in the wild, typically 30 years for males and 50 years for females, a claim the film argues is false. Interview subjects also include former SeaWorld trainers, such as John Hargrove.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gabriela Cowperthwaite|
|Produced by||Manuel V. Oteyza
|Written by||Gabriela Cowperthwaite
|Music by||Jeff Beal|
|Editing by||Eli Despres|
Manny O. Productions
|Distributed by||Magnolia Pictures|
|Running time||83 minutes|
Published on Jun 10, 2013
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the mulit-billion dollar sea-park industry.
This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.
~~13 Celebrities Speaking Out Against SeaWorld~~
There has been a huge backlash against SeaWorld ever since Blackfish premiered. Average Joes and celebrities alike continue to speak out against the cruelty at SeaWorld. Check out these celebrities who are protesting SeaWorld and what they have to say about the abusement park.
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~~Celebrities speak out~~
Thoughts on Whales After Viewing the New CNN DocumentaryBlackfish
Written By: Chris Witaske
Leave the fucking whales in the ocean.
~~SEA WORLD’S RESPONSE~~
We ALL are connected through NATURE!!
We ALL are ONE!!