As Blackfish continues to open in theaters around the world, the U.S. is “atwitter” with the film’s buzz, with over a million viewers in the 9p to 11p time slot on October 24 alone. Folks from the rest of the world are wondering when they, too, can see this game-changing film.
Not only showing the film, CNN has provided a week’s worth of programming, with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Anderson Cooper, and Crossfire, highlighting the issues inherent in keeping marine mammals in captivity. Meanwhile the Blackfish-screening TIDE keeps rolling on CNN with two more scheduled showings, on October 26 and October 27.
For social media and interaction, CNN has its own, and Twitter has seen a list of celebrity tweeters join the conversation, including David Kirby, the author of the important book, Death at SeaWorld, Ewan McGregor, Kirstie Alley, the film’s director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the former trainers featured in both Death at SeaWorld and Blackfish (Voice of the Orcas), and others. Use the hashtag #Blackfish to join the conversation and to get a sense of its immensity.
If you haven’t seen Blackfish, or want to own a copy, the following links will let you join the conversation:
- Available from Amazon.com on November 12 (you can pre-order)
- Available from UK distributor Dogwoof in various formats: streaming, DVD, Blu-ray (and iTunes UK).
- Streaming from Viooz.
And remember, there is a better way to see orcas. That is quietly, in the wild, from a distance, perhaps from the land where you won’t interfere with them at all, at The Real Sea World as shown in this video by the Humane Society of the United States where you may come to appreciate, as does marine mammal expert Dr. Naomi Rose, that this is a “life-affirming” way to see orcas.
In the end, it’s about respect.
Pledge NO! to going to see a dolphin show and be part of the solution!