The recent death of the young orca Victoria (L-112) who was killed by an explosive force may seem to some to be inconsequential in the scope of the need for military preparedness. Somehow we humans think that this planet is ours alone, and that our petty squabbles are so important that we have the right to destroy not just each other, but potentially most of life on Earth. We rely upon world leaders to keep the scale of our conflicts within bounds, to limit where and how the military forces can practice with bombs, gasses, diseases, and sound. Once thought to be both bountiful and indestructible, the planet’s oceans seemed to be the logical alternative. But now we know better, we know that the life of the sea is in peril everywhere, that the oceans are losing their capacity to absorb abuse, and that military excursions can destroy – in seconds – entire communities of animals.
What are we losing? The story of Luna (L-98), shows us the nature of a species that may turn out one of the only other friendly intelligent beings in a lonely universe. This particular population of orcas, the Southern Residents, is unique and when they are gone they will take with them a rare and irreplaceable culture. (Please take our poll on the Navy impact). The filmmakers have now made it possible for you to show this touching tale in your own community.
Movie on the Move – Book your screening now!
Wherever you live, you can now host your own screening of The Whale through our new screening program, Movie on the Move! The home video DVD won’t be out for a few more months, but we are now offering the film to any individual or group that wants to host a screening. There will be a fee in advance, but no revenue sharing will be required if you charge admission, no matter how much your group makes. You keep all the proceeds. That makes it very easy to use The Whale for fundraisers or for any other kind of event. In the fundraisers for which the film has already been used, thousands of dollars have been raised for worthy causes. Here’s how it works. You book the film, you organize the venue, and you decide what you’d like to do. You can use it as a fundraiser; you can show it to your film group or church group or school or NGO; you can charge admission; you can open the doors to anyone. It’s up to you. We will provide you with a DVD or Blu-ray, and still photos, videos, and other information to help you promote your screening. We can also help with posters, and when possible we can arrange for one of the directors to do a post-screening Skype video call. We can also help promote your screening on our website and on our social media networks. The license fee for a community group or non-profit fundraising screening is $250. For film festivals and commercial screenings, the fee is $350. Questions? For more information and to book your screening, please e-mail us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seattle and Tacoma – September 9 “The Whale will play in Seattle at SIFF Cinema starting on Friday, September 9 at 7:00 pm, with three shows on Saturday and Sunday. At least one of us will be in attendance for Q&A following all weekend screenings.The Whale will continue playing through September 15. SIFF Cinema is located at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle, WA. For more info on showtimes and to buy a ticket, go to SIFF Cinema’s website.”
“We’ll also be screening the film in Tacoma at the Grand Cinema, starting on Friday, September 9. One of us will be in attendance following the two Saturday matinee screenings, 1:30 and 3:30 pm. The Grand Cinema is located at 606 S. Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA. The film plays through September 15. For more info on showtimes and to buy a ticket, go to the Grand Cinema’s website”
“The Whale” had its worldwide premiere in the Danish Faroe Islands, and will soon be opening in other locations, starting with Seattle and Tacoma on September 9th, 2011. For more information on the film and to find out about locations near you, go to The Whale Movie website.
Don’t miss this poignant film; you will laugh, you will find tears pooling behind the curtains of your lashes, but most of all, you’ll experience what these animals are all about. It is unforgettable.
From the filmmakers: “It was an amazing screening of THE WHALE at the Nordic House in Torshavn, Faroe Islands last night.
The film received two huge rounds of applause – in one of the last whaling nations on Earth. It was followed by a provocative discussion with some tough questions – I was grilled by a pro-whaling member of the Faroese parliament.
The message at the end was one straight from Luna: friendship is bigger than we know – and friendship must form the basis for relationships across cultures and species.”
“We could either have a red-carpet premiere with celebrities at a theater in LA, or we could do something specific to help whales,” said Suzanne Chisholm, the film’s producer and co-director, who will be in attendance at the premiere on behalf of the film. “So when people in the Faroes invited us because they love what this story means, we jumped at the chance.” The spectacular and remote Faroe Islands archipelago is a self-governing territory of Denmark, located between Scotland and Iceland. The Islands’ traditional pilot whale hunts have recently become the focus of international opposition to whaling. This opposition has dramatically increased this summer with the arrival of an activist ship and television crews. “Having the world premiere of THE WHALE here will hopefully inspire people, enlighten everyone, raise awareness and increase the understanding of animals,” says Rúni Nielsen, a member of the board of the Faroese Animal Protection Organization, which invited THE WHALE. “The film is a very positive story about a whale. We agree with the theme of the film, that ‘Friendship is bigger than we know.’” The Faroese Animal Protection Organization protects pets, wildlife, farm, and work animals on the islands. “I would like to express my deep appreciation to the people of the Faroe Islands who have welcomed us to their country,” said Ady Gil, founder of Ady Gil World Conservation, a sponsor of the event. “They are giving us the opportunity to show the other side of whales, and how compassion can be built between humans and other species.” (From the press release).