Exclusive: Blackfish TV Spot

Exclusive: Blackfish TV Spot
Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish opened in limited release last weekend, taking in over $75,000 from just five theaters. Before the film expands into more markets starting July 26, we have an exclusive TV spot from this heralded documentary, that explores the lives of orca whales, particularly the theme park performer Tilikum, who has killed several people while held in captivity. Take a look at the latest footage, and clickHere to see if the film is playing in your area this weekend.

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,
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Gabriela Cowperthwaite and Jeffrey Ventre Talk Blackfish, Working without SeaWorld’s Participation, Deciding Not to Include Graphic Footage, and More

In her new documentary, Blackfish, opening July 19th, filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite uses the story of a notorious performing whale, riveting interviews and never before seen footage to reveal the devastating consequences of keeping intelligent, sentient creatures in captivity. February 24, 2010 is a day whale trainers and fans of sea parks will never forget when veteran killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau was brutally attacked and killed at SeaWorld Orlando by one of the park’s oldest residents, an orca names Tilikum. Her death became the catalyst for former SeaWorld trainers Jeffrey Ventre, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall, Carol Ray, Kim Ashdown and John Hargrove to speak out. During my recent interview, Cowperthwaite and Ventre talked about what led them to tackle this subject, how the film’s financing came together, the challenge of making it without SeaWorld’s participation, how the trainers’ perspectives changed over time as they became disillusioned, why they became
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