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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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Blackfish

Spotlighting infamous bull orca Tilikum, who caused the death of three people while in captivity, this compelling documentary investigates the negative impacts of the animal entertainment world.

Schedule
May 28, 2013 7:00 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed
June 1, 2013 11:00 AM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed

The May 28 screening is on STANDBY. There are no advance tickets available.

Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water 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, spotlighting 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? Employing shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite sheds light upon 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, tightly 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.



Director Biography
Gabriela Cowperthwaite has made television documentaries for twelve years, including a medical film for UCLA International Medicine focusing on clinical management of assault. Blackfish is her second feature documentary.

Sponsored in part by Antioch University Seattle, Muckleshoot Tribe

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Principal Cast: Kim Ashdown, Samantha Berg, John Jett, John Crowe, Jeff Ventre, Carol Ray, Ken Balcomb, John J. Hargrove
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 83 minutes
Producer: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Manuel V. Oteyza
Screenplay: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli Despres
Cinematographers: Jonathan Ingalls, Christopher Towey
Editors: Eli Despres
Website: http://www.magpictures.com/blackfish/
Filmography: City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story (2010)
Language: English, Spanish
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
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