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Allee Contributor to Documentary, Blackfish

Allee Contributor to Documentary, Blackfish

: Suzanne and Kohana. Photo by Suzanne Allee (MU '97).

Allee Contributor to Documentary, Blackfish

: Kohana at Loro Parque. Photo by Suzanne Allee (MU '97).

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Suzanne Allee (MU ‘97) collaborates with the creators of Blackfish, premieres at 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Suzanne Allee (MU ‘97) is featured in, and contributed video and still footage to the buzzed-about documentary Blackfish, which focuses on the history of and controversy surrounding the practice of keeping orcas or killer whales in captivity.  Blackfish premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it was purchased for distribution by Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films. Blackfish also played at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival & is currently playing at Seattle’s Seven Gables Theatre.  After completing it’s US theatrical run, Blackfish will be shown on CNN on October 24.

Magnolia Picture’s synopsis:

“Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus—beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who—unlike any orca in the wild—has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong?

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 humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.”

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