Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Writer(s): Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli B. Despres
Cast: Samantha Berg, Dave Duffus, Dean Gomersall
Awards: Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival
While in captivity, Tilikum, a performing killer whale, has been responsible for the deaths of three people, including a top orca trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of capturing and confining such intelligent and sentient creatures.
“Through the rueful voices of former trainers and whale experts, a narrative driven by disillusion and regret unfolds as the trainers point to a gap between SeaWorld’s public image and behind-the-scenes reality.”-Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times
“After watching “Blackfish,” you come away with a sense of orcas’ singular intelligence, to be sure, even their astonishing playfulness, but most of all their glorious power, and the majesty of their existence in their natural habitat.”-Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal