Blackfish

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    • Monday January 23, 2017
      6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Brittain Rec
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Summary Sentence: A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Full Summary: One of the six documentary films of the Doc/Fest 2017: A Series that Will MOVE You, shown as part of the MLK celebrations. A special showing is scheduled at Brittain Rec. You may also watch the movie on GTCN channel 2.3. Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer at the well-known Orlando, Florida water park Sea World, lost her life when she was attacked by Tilikum, a bull orca (or "killer whale") weighing ten thousand 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 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 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. Blackfish (2013) - IMDb GTCN Movie Schedule

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One of the six documentary films of the Doc/Fest 2017: A Series that Will MOVE You, shown as part of the MLK celebrations.

A special showing is scheduled at Brittain Rec. You may also watch the movie on GTCN channel 2.3.

Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer at the well-known Orlando, Florida water park Sea World, lost her life when she was attacked by Tilikum, a bull orca (or "killer whale") weighing ten thousand 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 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 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.

Blackfish (2013) - IMDb

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Faculty/Staff, Public, Undergraduate students, Graduate students
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GTCN, free movies, flicks, matinee
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  • Created By: nhansen7
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  • Created On: Jan 13, 2017 - 10:52am
  • Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 - 5:13pm