Associate producer and Co-Writer Tim Zimmermann of Blackfish is the featured guest today. This documentary has a huge impact sociallyand financially. Bands are cancelling performances, Sea World stock prices have dropped, and students everywhere are boycotting Sea World. Blackfish on the short list for the Oscar's best documentary.
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar 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.