CNN Films, a production and acquisition unit of CNN Worldwide, and the Wagner/Cuban Companyís Magnolia Pictures have partnered to acquire the U.S. rights to director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's documentary Blackfish
at the Sundance film festival.
traces a 39 year history of killer whales in captivity leading up to a 2010 incident where an experienced Sea World trainer was killed by the 12,000 lb. Orca whale Tilikum, a whale previously associated with the death of two other people. Blackfish
chillingly shows that this incident of violence is hardly an isolated one, along the way exploring the extraordinary nature of Orcas, thought to be one of the most intelligent species in the animal kingdom. Ultimately, it is a story about the life and death consequences of a spectacle that has thrilled millions.