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USA | 2013 | 83 min. | Gabriela Cowperthwaite

May 29 - June 4, 2020

Virtual SIFF Cinema

Killer whales are beloved majestic, friendly giants yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who—unlike any orca in the wild—has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. Blackfish expands on the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity.

As part of the series Magnolia Pictures; A Few of Our Favorite Docs, 10% of the ticket sales will be donated to a charity of the filmmakers' choice. Read more about the series below. This film's charity: GiveDirectly's COVID relief fund


Magnolia Pictures will present a live Q&A on June 3 at 5:00pm PT with director Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Questions for the Q&A can be submitted to submityourquestions@magpictures.com, or you can tweet at them using the hashtag #MagnoliaDocSeries.

This film is part of Magnolia Pictures: A Few of Our Favorite Docs, a virtual cinema series from Magnolia Pictures featuring four films, each opening on a Friday, with a live Q&A the following Wednesday. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to a charity of the filmmaker choice. 

Other films in the series:

  • Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
  • Principal Cast: Kim Ashdown, Samantha Berg, John Jett, John Crowe, Jeff Ventre, Carol Ray, Ken Balcomb, John J. Hargrove
  • Country: USA, Canada, Spain
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 83 min.
  • Producer: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Manuel V. Oteyza
  • Screenplay: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Eli Despres
  • Cinematographers: Jonathan Ingalls, Christopher Towey
  • Editors: Eli Despres
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes