Whales, Dolphins, and Captivity – a Mini Film Festival in Friday Harbor

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As part of a larger gathering to discuss the issue of cetaceans in captivity, three fascinating and moving films will be shown in Friday Harbor on Saturday, July 21st.  All are free and open to the public.
The first two will be presented by Cara Sands, who has been involved in the dolphin conservation and advocacy movement for over 20 years. Through education, documentation and information-sharing, Cara continues to champion for the rights of these sentient beings. Learn more at: www.friendsofthedolphins.com.
She will be presenting “A Fall From Freedom” and “The Cove”.
Narrated by actor and activist Mike Farrell, A FALL FROM FREEDOM explores the illegal capture and transport of killer whales and the thousands of dolphins that have been killed in order to provide marine parks and aquariums with new or replacement animals, as well as the ability of these facilities to deceive the public with well-funded public relations campaigns. A FALL FROM FREEDOM is created by Stan Minasian of Earth Views Productions.

Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.
THE COVE is directed by Louie Psihoyos and produced by Paula DuPré Pesmen and Fisher Stevens. The film is written by Mark Monroe. The executive producer is Jim Clark and the co-producer is Olivia Ahnemann.
The final film will be a benefit showing of THE WHALE.
Filmmakers Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit will personally present this engaging and visually stunning film as a benefit for the Center for Whale Research. Posters signed by the filmmakers will be available for purchase, and Center for Whale Research senior scientist Ken Balcomb will be on hand to answer questions about the Southern Resident orcas. Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended as space is limited.  Reserve seats for benefit showing of THE WHALE.

“There is a gossamer lyricism to THE WHALE, a documentary about an orca that became separated from its pod and adopted the residents of Nootka Sound in British Columbia as much as they did him. Like humans, orcas are highly social creatures, and Luna, as he was called, was the life of the party. The nuance of his gestures were wondrous to behold: playful, exuberantly extending the fin of friendship, he even helped timber workers in the area, pushing logs through the water with his nose.” New York Times Critics’ Pick.
All donations and proceeds from sales go exclusively to support the Center for Whale Research in their continued efforts to save the endangered population of Southern Resident orcas.
For more information on this event, please check the website:
Eventbrite - Killer Whales in the Wild Versus in Captivity - Meet the experts and participate in the discussion.

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