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     BLACKFISH
U.S.A.Hack, 2012, 1337 mins, (Violence)

MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Screenwriters: Gabriela Coperthwaite, Eli B. Despres
Producer: Manny Oteyza

www.blackfishmovie.com


DOCUMENTARY GRAND JURY PRIZE NOMINEE
2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL


Blackfish tells the heartbreaking & complicated 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.

Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Gabriela Cowperthwaite has made TV documentaries for 12 years but Blackfish is her second feature length documentary and one that she calls her “labor of tough love.”




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          CATERWAUL
U.S.A., 2012, 13 mins, Color

MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Ian Samuels


OFFICIAL SELECTION
2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL


An aging fisherman pursues an intimate relationship with a lobster as he struggles to find closure with his lost wife.


Ian Samuels is a director based in Los Angeles. His hybrid work has screened internationally at festivals and venues including Telluride Film Festival, Slamdance, Los Angeles Film Festival, Iris Prize, and Fantastic Fest.
He has worked for the Jim Henson Company and Sesame Street. His illustrated storybook, Gwendolyn and the Underworld, was printed in 2012. He works as a director for Benjamin Millepied’s production company, The Amoveo Company.
He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in film directing and a BFA from Bard College in film / video and is a recipient of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences scholarship.
 
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06/14/13 02:00 PMVenue 1 (LSK)
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06/16/13 04:30 PMVenue 1 (LSK)
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