Chilling Orcas in Captivity Documentary 'Blackfish' Official Trailer

June 3, 2013
Source: Apple

Blackfish Trailer

Beyond the lies, beneath the deception, the truth will surface. Magnolia Pictures has debuted the trailer for the chilling Sundance documentary Blackfish, directed Gabriela Cowperthwaite, about orcas in captivity. Orcas, also known as killer whales, are the big black and white whales seen often at Sea World shows. This doc focuses mostly on one whale named Tilikum, that was responsible for the deaths of three people while it was held in captivity. The film earned some rave reviews from critics at various festivals and looks to be the kind of real world thriller that an entire industry doesn't want you see. Give this doc trailer a watch below.

Watch the official trailer for Gabriela Cowperthwaite's documentary Blackfish, in high def via Apple:

Shocking, never before seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a notoriously aggressive orca that killed three people while in captivity. This is Gabriela Cowperthwaite's second doc (previously City Lax). It first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Magnolia Pictures starting July 19th next month. Visit the film's Facebook.

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Reader Feedback - 27 Comments


Who would've thought that Free Willy could have saved a life.

MattPeloquin on Jun 3, 2013


Would you say that the killing was pre-ORCAstrated?

Black Dumbledore on Jun 3, 2013


Really, you went there? Dude please don't make light of someone's death.

Typath on Jun 3, 2013


It was probably the New Whale Order

Carpola on Jun 3, 2013


This is my kind of movie! Shame on Sea World and Marineland even though they did not show that!

Jackmooney9 on Jun 3, 2013


That looks quite disturbing (from an animal welfare POV) and compelling. Thanks for posting up the trailer.

Payne by name on Jun 3, 2013


I agree 100%. I can't wait to see this.

Michael Paterson on Jun 3, 2013


If The Cove was " a cross between Flipper and The Bourne Identity" then this is a cross between Free Willy and American Psycho.

Snev De la Fontaine on Jun 3, 2013


Never underestimate the magnitude of human greed. I hope that some day the entire animal population gains "awareness" and decides collectively to eliminate the scum living at the top of the food chain.

racquetman on Jun 3, 2013


That is a bit further than I go. I would prefer if humanity learned to value all living creatures. Not just the all-mighty dollar.

Michael Paterson on Jun 3, 2013


Should have shot you in the face with a harpoon.

Jeffrey Lamar on Jun 3, 2013


Chill out Jeff, it's just a whale. Get fed fish all day, get to do jumps and get screamed at by kids. I mean, it killed a person, a real person.

Carpola on Jun 3, 2013


If you are being serious then I think that is sad. Orcas in the wild swim thousands of miles a year and enjoy a seemingly endless world to roam. I know people say it would be great to sit around and do that all day but it gets incredibly boring. What if you could never leave your living room? Wouldn't you go crazy?

Michael Paterson on Jun 3, 2013


It sounds a bit like Guantanamo for whales, loud unpredictable noise and confined in darkness. They should be able to roam free, but their penises are so big, that by law they have to be caged.

Carpola on Jun 3, 2013


"I mean it killed a real person." Ya, only 7+ billion of us left. I think we can spare a few. In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing you go.

racquetman on Jun 4, 2013


That's evil Raquetman. One day I will die and it will probably be your fault. You obviously love whales more than people, but people are the best, we invent stuff like oil, what do whales do apart from swim about and eat people?

Carpola on Jun 4, 2013


If you want to kill yourself now and blame it on me I'd be fine with that. Anyone that thinks humans invented "oil" doesn't really deserve to keep breathing anyway.

racquetman on Jun 4, 2013


he he he. Racquetman, I sort of thought you were a regular on here, so were used to my sometimes idiotic comments. I did notice that you had wished quite a few people ill on some other sites, so maybe your just a psycho. Oil was invented by a really clever scientist in Texas, but in the 1980's he defected to Iraq to make oil for Saddam Hussein, but the government wanted him back and after that is what caused the Gulf War, see, I know stuff too.

Carpola on Jun 4, 2013


don't try to back track - i've seen many of your comments and they're all the same useless, idiotic dreck.

David Banner on Jun 4, 2013


I'm not back tracking.

Carpola on Jun 5, 2013


why not do the world a favor and put a gun to your head right now - of course, you'd probably screw that up too.

javier on Jun 4, 2013


I've been saving up for a gun, but it's so I can go to Africa and shoot a tiger.

Carpola on Jun 5, 2013


it killed people because it's been caged up you moron. you're one worthless fool who should never have been allowed to breed.

David Banner on Jun 4, 2013


Dave, your definitely off the Jesus birthday card list. 🙁 Do you mean my parents should have aborted me or that I should not have fathered a child? My son is morbidly obese and wins prizes for being overweight and that's awesome.

Carpola on Jun 5, 2013


It would be cool if they had a day where all the upper level Sea World management could get in the tanks with the orcas. I wonder how many of them would throw on a wetsuit for the experience of a lifetime...

Fatal Error on Jun 4, 2013


I am from British Columbia and have observed Tilikum in his first captured home (Victoria B.C.) In Victoria TRAINERS NEVER EVER entered the water. Tilikum's favourite treat was large buoys being thrown into the water with him (several sets of two huge balls attached with ropes and had shreds of rope for grab parts like a dog chew toy) In the evenings the whales would be permitted to play on their own with these huge toys and boy would they. Tilikum was the strongest (big bull male) and would have enough power to take them under the water. Then the toy would be released (no doubt by accident) and would rocket to the surface only to be grabbed again by Tilikum trying to play keep away with the other whales (smaller females). This would go on for hours. The balls would then be collected for the evening and the whales would settle down for the night. The first accident in my opinion was due to this play behaviour. A trainer in Victoria slipped and ended up in the water with the whales. I feel Tilikum treated her like a toy dropped into the water. Accounts were that the trainer was taken under the water, then popped up, then taken under the water, just like the keep away game with the balls. The trainer drowned. Not dismembered or eaten. Drowned. It makes sense. When Tilikum next had an incident he still had no training or desensitization regarding objects or humans in the water. I do believe it was said that a homeless man got into the park after hours and apparently went into the tank with Tilikum (did he slip in trying to wash himself up or taking a bath / cooling off?). The individual was not dismembered or torn apart, but was found being held above water; laying on the back of Tilikum in the morning. The man drowned. Not dismembered, or torn apart. Brought to the surface on the back of Tilikum. The third accident was again just like the toys he so loved to play with, and again, still no water work was done with him to show him right from wrong ; no "aquarium manners". The trainer was laying in the water and had a pony tail just like his rope toy. I would say that if you didn't know any better (a whale looking to play with a toy he so loved) this looks like a beloved water sport treat and he treated the trainer like he did with his toys from before. It is terrible, but seeing this whale play like I did, it all makes sense and he is not a mean killer. He just wanted to play like he did, and keep his "toy" from the other whales like before. He is beautiful being who was taken from a life that would have permitted him to play the way he wanted to and to learn right from wrong from his pod. I have seen orcas in the wild and they do get reprimanded from their elders quite frequently. If he is allowed to play with objects thrown into the tank, then not shown how to not touch something that has fallen into the tank that does NOT MAKE HIM A DERANGED KILLER; it makes the people in charge of his well being completely CARELESS! Implying anything different is a disservice to this amazing creature! I am sorry for this Tilikum ~ be well beautiful boy.

Valmai on Jul 26, 2013


Why did Apple Trailers drop listing Backfish under the "opened now" and from the "Top Reviewed from Rotten Tomatoes" listings?

Michael on Aug 11, 2013

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