A documentary film called Blackfish (dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite) was released early in 2013. The film takes direct aim at Seaworld's (NYSE:SEAS) practice of keeping killer whales and having them perform shows at its parks. It includes footage of the poaching of orcas from the wild in the late 60s; Seaworld trainers being thrashed by whales; and a heart-rending scene of a baby orca being separated from its mother.
The film screened in early 2013 at Sundance, opened in theaters in July and ran through October, grossing just over $2 million. Having been short-listed for the Oscars and now available on Netflix and Amazon video for streaming, the movie seems to be getting a second wind. As...
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