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Blackfish to air on CNN October 24

September 24, 2013

OC apologizes, Blackfish will air on CNN on OCTOBER 24, not September 24, thank you.

Source: CNN
By Breeanna Hare

It was one of the hottest films out of Sundance, but “Blackfish” will leave you with chills.

The nearly 90-minute documentary tells the story of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed in 2010 when the killer whale Tilikum grabbed her and yanked her underwater.

“I became interested in this project when I found out about the death of Brancheau,” filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite said. “I was very confused by that story, because I didn’t understand why a killer whale who was a very highly intelligent animal would have made a decision to kill a trainer that was actively feeding it.”

The result of Cowperthwaite’s curiosity is a film that raises a number of questions, not the least of which being whether killer whales have any place in theme parks.

Critics have praised “Blackfish” for being an “emotionally powerful” and “mesmerizing psychological thriller” that could double as a teaching tool. The documentary arrived in select theaters on July 19, and it will also air on CNN as part of CNN Films on October 24 at 9 p.m. ET.

To unravel what happened between the 12,000 pound Tilikum and Brancheau, Cowperthwaite also takes us through the 39-year history of orcas in captivity. Although Brancheau’s story is at the heart of the film, “Blackfish” also shows more generally the dangers of working with orcas and their majestic beauty and intelligence.

“For anyone who has ever questioned the humaneness of keeping wild animals in captivity and training them to perform tricks for food, this will be trenchant, often harrowing stuff,” The Hollywood Reporter said in its Sundance review. “Perhaps even more so for those who have never considered the issue.”

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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

orcas dream

we dream of oceans,
not swimming pools.
where we can live by
our own,
not human
we dream of our pods.
our unbreakable bonds,
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12 Comments leave one →
  1. narhvalur permalink
    September 24, 2013 1:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.


  2. elizabeth Rutledge permalink
    September 24, 2013 1:41 pm


    Elizabeth Rutledge

    Sent from my iPhone


    • September 24, 2013 3:41 pm

      Oh, no, you are not doing anything wrong, Elizabeth. I had the month wrong, it will air on October 24. I changed the information above. Sorry for the error. Thanks for your interest.


  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    September 24, 2013 1:46 pm

    orcas dream
    we dream of oceans,

    not swimming pools.

    where we can live by

    our own,

    not human


    we dream of our pods.

    our unbreakable bonds,

    that spread over the seas,

    and far beyond.


  4. September 24, 2013 4:15 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolf Is My Soul.


  5. September 24, 2013 5:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog and commented:
    Must watch for all animal lovers.


  6. September 24, 2013 6:01 pm

    Thank you much, B2B.


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