The purpose of investigative journalism in blackfish a documentary film by gabriela cowperthwaite

In an ideal strategic scenario, the organic viewer response to the story is matched by an intentional campaign, if it exists. Until we meet again for Part Capturing the measurable social impact of a documentary is challenging and highly individualized, with varying research methods and approaches that work.

In fact, the film really appeals to audience pathos. So who is Lori Marino? Having a bias does not make a person a liar. Broadcasters rarely invest in them. It stretched beyond the choir. Blackfish focused on a specific named orca living in captivity, Tilikum, as the key character, a deliberate narrative choice made by the filmmaker, rather than leading with or heavily relying on statistics.

Still, Cowperthwaite did an impressive job of patiently waiting to obtain video through public records requests and seeking proprietary footage to purchase to make her case. Though Tilikum may be the most controversial of the show whales, Cowperthwaite uses his story as one that is representative of every Orca whale in captivity at SeaWorld, or a similar venue.

Documentary needs advocates to stand up for what, as Blackfish has shown, can be a powerful form of journalism capable of bringing about change. Media was very restrained.

And such rarity tells us a great deal about how heavily are the odds usually stacked against documentary — not just as a campaigning tool for change but as a purveyor of disruptive and inconvenient stories.

To me, she is a brave and inspiring soul. Without a doubt, it has changed how people view animals in captivity compared to their wild counterparts. Some whales destroy their teeth on the steel gates separating the pools.

Zee did not name the witness or the victim. Gabriela Cowperthwaite may have attracted many who otherwise might not have thought much about the rights of killer whales. But causal connection is an artificially high bar. Notably, the site also contains a number of links to information about its founders, including: Through interviews with former whale trainers, as well as professional whale experts, the message that these whales cannot be fully blamed for their violence is relayed to the audience.

The man provided details of the attack and its aftermath, one in which the assailants had laid a carefully planned trap and neither citizens nor police rushed to help the injured couple. Dogwoof SeaWorld, for its part, accused it of distortion and misrepresentation.

The movie even shows pages and pages of injuries OSHA has recorded involving killer whales in captivity since the s. More than half They deployed large police force which used water cannons, lathi charge baton chargeand tear gas to disperse the crowds; the underground public transport system was shut down and certain city spaces became out of bounds.

And there are 65 million Facebook users and an estimated 35 million Twitter accounts. Beyond the vocal work of a core group of supporters, combining the multiplying factor of celebrity endorsements and public attention - greatly enabled by a smart distribution strategy - allowed the story to reach outside the animal-welfare community to new audiences.

Within years, policymakers began enacting changes. Quickly picked up for theatrical distribution in the US, the documentary attracted overwhelmingly positive reviews. Can the film claim a final causal connection to the reported financial misfortune, sustained public outcry and the final SeaWorld announcement?

Interviews from former trainers further solidifies the point that SeaWorld is an evil corporation. With the new public spotlight well beyond the animal-welfare community, PETA continued to leverage the momentum of the film at every possible moment in the distribution and media cycle.

A decade after their meeting, Hugo died of a brain aneurysm after ramming his head habitually into the wall of their pool. Hierarchies are jumbled and bullying between the whales occurs. All the more so when you consider that the film was made with the slimmest of production budgets: But that does not mean that we, as critically thinking jurors in the Court of Public Opinion should assume that to be the case.

In an expansion of its own efforts targeting SeaWorld as far back asPETA launched an aggressive renewed campaign that combined physical protest and digital social action. Marino was not a plaintiff like Samantha Berg and Howard Garett.

This follows the growth of the neoliberal economy which has led to a generation of newly empowered young women who are going out to work in larger numbers than ever before. Newspapers captured the social media zeitgeist in reporting the case of year-old Sambhavi Saxena arrested during one such protest.

Some whales, the panel said, have their teeth bored out, and some removed, so eating in the wild would be difficult. This documentary is aggressive and disturbing from beginning to end. I appreciated the presentation of this nuance.Jan 03,  · Like “The Cove,” a documentary about the slaughter of dolphins in Japan that won the Oscar for documentary feature in“Blackfish” immediately provoked controversy when it was released last summer.

Ms. Cowperthwaite talked recently by telephone about that, as well as her intentions and methods in making the film. If you haven't seen Blackfish yet, you need to check it out.

The documentary about SeaWorld has been making waves, and not just among animal activist groups. I got to interview some UT Arlington students about the film for work. An excerpt from my article, originally published on The Shorthorn, UT Arlington's student news website.

Some of the best investigative journalism starts with a single question. For documentary filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite ’93, that question was: Why would a killer whale at SeaWorld Orlando brutally attack and kill its trainer? “Most of us documentarians don’t think anyone’s ever gonna see our films on purpose.” Cowperthwaite.

SeaWorld vs Blackfish: the film that introduced the world to the plight of Tilikum

Blackfish has a lot of “testimony” that is presented without any hint of potential bias – quite the opposite actually. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite strongly suggests the outright credibility of most of the people who appear in the film.

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"Blackfish" is a documentary that follows the controversial history of killer whales being used as entertainers in water amusement parks, and it specifically researches the multiple attacks on trainers by the whales.

The star of this documentary is one whale named Tilikum, who may better be known by his stage name: Shamu. Synopsis. Blackfish tells the 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 .

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