John Hargrove
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite Cast: John Hargrove
John Hargrove
, John Jett
John Jett
, Carol Ray
Carol Ray
Gabriela Cowperthwaite

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In 2010, Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer at the well-known Orlando, FL, water park Sea World, lost her life when she was attacked by Tilikum, a bull orca (or "killer whale") weighing 10,000 pounds who was a regular attraction at the park. What made the incident all the more disturbing was this was not the first time Tilikum had turned on one of his trainers, and that the orca had also caused the death of a trainer in 1991 before he was purchased by Sea World. While orcas will sometimes attack humans in captivity, such incidents are extremely rare in the wild, leading some scientists to question the wisdom of keeping large, intelligent, and sometimes territorial creatures in captivity and expecting them to perform on a regular basis. Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite began researching the lives of orcas in captivity after the death of Dawn Brancheau, and in the documentary Blackfish, she offers a powerful and provocative look at a remarkable breed of animals that humans still don't fully understand, and how the financial interests of water parks and resorts may run counter to the best interests of the animals they put on display. Taking its title from a Native American name for orcas, Blackfish received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2013
UPC: 0876964006170
Original Release: 2013
Rating: PG-13
Source: Magnolia
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 15,991

Special Features

A note from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite; Kanduke; "Death by Mosquito" in marine parks; Orca teeth show the stress of Orcas in captivity; Recollections of a former SeaWorld trainer; The truth about wild whales; Alternatives to captivity; Director and producer commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Hargrove Participant
John Jett Participant
Carol Ray Participant
Jeffrey Ventre Participant
Samantha Berg Participant
Mark Simmons Participant
Dean Gomersall Participant
Kim Ashdown Participant
Christopher Porter Participant
Eric Walters Participant
Steve Huxter Participant
Ken Balcomb Participant
Howard Garrett Participant
Lori Marino Participant
Dave Duffus Participant
John Crowe Participant
Suzanne Allee Participant
Estefania Rodriguez Participant
Mercedes Rodriguez Participant
Jeff Beal Conductor

Technical Credits
Gabriela Cowperthwaite Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Judy Bart Executive Producer
Jeff Beal Score Composer
Eli Despres Editor,Screenwriter
Jonathan Ingalls Cinematographer
Erica Kahn Executive Producer
Odd-NY Animator
Manuel V. Oteyza Producer
Vince Tennant Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Towey Cinematographer
Tim Zimmermann Associate Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- BLACKFISH
1. Blackfish [6:30]
2. Tilikum [8:21]
3. Victoria B.C. [7:32]
4. Social Intelligence [5:04]
5. A New Home [6:09]
6. The Party Line [5:43]
7. Why Would They Lie? [7:59]
8. Accident History [7:21]
9. Public Relations [11:12]
10. Shamu's True Potential [:36]
11. Reality Of Captivity [7:24]
12. End Credits [6:21]
13. Chapter 13 [2:41]

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