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Movie: Blackfish

BLACKFISH is an eye-opening documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

Some of us (not me) 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.

http://www.magpictures.com/blackfish/

This showing is now confirmed, and show times are 11:50 a.m., 2:20 p.m., 4:55, 7:30, and 9:55 p.m on their web site: 

http://www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=1676#7/26/2013

 

 

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  • Maggie R.

    I am so grateful this movie has been made and will also be shown on CNN later this year - a potential audience of millions.
    The movie will be in San Rafael all week, until Thursday, and in some of the other theaters too.

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • Sailor D.

    Great film with lots of info. Very interesting to see interviews with past trainers. Had no idea of so much past history with cetacean captivity and human interaction. Good learning experience, well-attended by people sincerely interested in the subject.

    July 26, 2013

  • Sammarye L.

    Due to change in location, I will see Blackfish in San Jose tonight

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • Elise D.

    Can't WAIT to FINALLY see this amazing film!

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • Nicole

    I'm coming from out of town (not a Marin resident). Has this showing been confirmed yet?? Thanks.

    1 · July 23, 2013

    • Sailor D.

      Yes, the show is confirmed. I'll be tabling from 6:45 until the show starts at 7:30, so stop by and say hello. I'll probably attend the 4:55 show, Maggie is going to the 7:30 show, and Connie to the 9:55 show.

      1 · July 23, 2013

    • Nicole

      Thanks!

      July 23, 2013

  • Sailor D.

    The web site now lists the show times as 11:50 a.m., 2:20 p.m., 4:55, 7:30, and 9:55 p.m and you can purchase tickets here:
    http://www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=1676#7/26/2013

    July 23, 2013

  • Nicole

    Look forward to seeing this film and meeting people who are interested in whales and dolphins.

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Lynette R. K.

    I emailed the manager, Franklin Carig, Monday morning regarding tabling at the 26th showing. I have still not heard back from him. Per Connie's post we may have to wait until the 22-23rd to hear if it will actually be showing.

    July 18, 2013

    • Regina DeFalco L.

      Bill Maher interviewed the former Sea World trainer who was involved with the movie on his HBO program "Real Time with Bill Maher" this past Friday. Good publicity for the movie!

      July 22, 2013

    • Regina DeFalco L.

      Also, FYI: when the film "Eco Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson" opened at the theater in San Rafael, we (Sea Shepherd Norcal) requested to have a table out front or in the lobby, to distribute Sea Shepherd material, and the manager refused! All he would let us do is put some SS brochures on a small table in the lobby. Saskia and I attended the showing, and as soon as the film was over, we stood up and told the audience that the whaling and dolphin killing they had seen in the film was still going on, and that Sea Shepherd needed their support. We then handed out the brochures to everyone in the audience.

      July 22, 2013

  • Maggie R.

    July 15, 2013

  • Maggie R.

    Also, at the Rafael, if it's a Friday or Saturday, they have wine & beer tasting in the lobby in the evening, so people could gather there and talk about the movie, before or after, depending on the timing of the movie. You could also ask the Rafael if ACS could table in the lobby - I'd be happy to help at the table.

    1 · July 8, 2013

    • Sailor D.

      Great idea! I'll see if I can somehow get permission for tabling, and to meet early. The film showing time isn't listed yet.

      July 8, 2013

  • Sammarye L.

    See you there!

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • mary ann c.

    so not much has changed for animals under the empowerment of the ham propensity for cruelty and dissonance

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • mary ann c.

    I just visited Rome and the coliseum where in its ancient heyday 5000 wild captive animals were exploited and killed in the 100 day opening ceremony over 2000 years ago

    June 16, 2013

  • mary ann c.

    I have been following this story for quite awhile and read one book on the account of the death of the trainer at sea world in Florida I cannot say how disturbing I find the propensity for caging dolphins and whales for human entertainment

    1 · June 16, 2013

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