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by Jay A. Fernandez
January 16, 2013 9:02 AM
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Sundance 2013: Exclusive Clip From Competition Doc 'Blackfish' (Video)

“Blackfish” tells the story of Tilikum, a performing 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 dual nature, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the sea-park industry.

Indiewire has an exclusive clip from the U.S. documentary competition film, which will first screen Jan. 19 at 9 pm at Temple Theatre.

Cowperthwaite has made documentaries for ESPN, DirecTV, National Geographic, and the Discovery and History channels. Her inner-city gang documentary “City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story” was recently acquired by ESPN and DirecTV.

Check out the clip, below.

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  • miguel tarleton | October 29, 2013 5:21 PMReply

    How do you make these movies.

  • James | January 21, 2013 3:46 PMReply

    When and where can you see this doc?

  • Marcie | January 16, 2013 12:06 PMReply

    Just like David Kirby's "Death at Seaworld", it looks like "Blackfish" will be revealing the true inhumane and unethical reality of marine mammals in captivity that leads to the distortion of these highly intelligent animals' nature. It is not their nature to attack or harm humans, and have never done so in the wild. But in captivity, humans are the captors, their prisoner guards, and just as humans do, orcas in captivity view their trainers as the enemy. The problem is... those same humans have power over their food - therefore, if they aren't "good" they go hungrier than they would be if they behaved. It takes a brave individual to stand out - And Tilikum and Keto both have tried to send a message. Because human's haven't listened, it looks like this video will once again, try to hammer the message home for those who don't want to hear it.

  • Marianna | January 16, 2013 12:18 PM

    The truth exactly! The very thought of this progressing issue just sickens me to the core. To think that people can be just allowed to do this, and to steal wild cetaceans and force them to live in hell for something as pathetic as entertainment, and then the animals get punished and scorned, and deemed "monster" for 'attacking' some stupid trainer. The trainers and all the minions of greed involved with the evil empire of SeaWorld (including all other horrible dolphin prisons around the world), are the true monsters. How dare they think that they can treat such magnificent creations of nature like little whiny children. Despicable.