Blackfish

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  • PG-13
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, in our contemporary lore this mighty... read more
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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, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus—beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. 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 exactly went wrong? Shocking, never-before-seen 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 have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Original Release

06/07/2013

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Cast

Suzanne Allee Herself - Former Video Supervisor, Loro Parque
Jeff Andrews Himself - SeaWorld Expert Witness (archive footage)
Kim Ashdown Herself
Ken Balcomb Himself - Director, Center for Whale Research
Samantha Berg Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Diane Brancheau Herself - Dawn Brancheau's Sister
John Hargrove Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Mark Simmons Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Dean Gomersall Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
James Earl Jones Himself (archive footage)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Writers

Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli B. Despres, Tim Zimmermann

Cast

Suzanne Allee Herself - Former Video Supervisor, Loro Parque
Jeff Andrews Himself - SeaWorld Expert Witness (archive footage)
Kim Ashdown Herself
Ken Balcomb Himself - Director, Center for Whale Research
Samantha Berg Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Diane Brancheau Herself - Dawn Brancheau's Sister
John Hargrove Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Mark Simmons Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Dean Gomersall Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
James Earl Jones Himself (archive footage)
Whoopi Goldberg Herself (archive footage)
Meredith Vieira Herself (archive footage)
Tilikum Himself (archive footage)
Dave Duffus Himself - OSHA Expert Witness, Whale Researcher
Anderson Cooper Himself (archive footage)
Shamu Himself (archive footage)
Carol Ray Herself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
John Jett Himself - Fomer SeaWorld Trainer
Jeffrey Ventre Himself - Former SeaWorld Trainer
Thomas Tobin Himself

Producers

Rick Brookwell Executive Producer
Gabriela Cowperthwaite Executive Producer
Manny Oteyza Executive Producer
Judy Bart Executive Producer
Erica Kahn Executive Producer
Joseph Bachor Executive Producer
Gabriela Cowperthwaite Producer
Judy Bart Producer
Erica Kahn Producer
Tim Zimmermann Producer
Manny Oteyza Producer
Phillipe Vicente Producer

Editors

Eli B. Despres, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Richard Mazikowski

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