ComingSoon.net has the exclusive trailer for the upcoming documentary The Walrus and The Whistleblower produced and directed by Nathalie Bibeau and centering on Phil Demers, aka the “Walrus Whisperer.” You can check out the trailer now in the player below!
The Walrus and The Whistleblower follows Niagara Falls-native Phil Demers, known as the ‘Walrus Whisperer.” Phil worked a decade-long dream-job as a trainer at MarineLand Park in Niagara Falls, Ontario, swimming with killer whales and training belugas, seals, and Smooshi, the walrus he raised and trained since arriving as a young pup. Phil then quit and blew the whistle citing animal abuse, and called for an end to the 60-year-old practice of keeping marine mammals in pools. Now Phil is being sued for 1.5 million dollars from the amusement park but nothing is stopping him from his mission to #SaveSmooshi.
Winning the Audience Award – the highest rated film with audiences – at this spring’s Hot Docs International Film Festival, qualifies The Walrus and the Whistleblower for consideration at the Oscars in the Documentary Feature category.
The Walrus and The Whistleblower was made in association with documentary Channel and CBC Docs.
Northern Banner will release the film in Canada first at the end of this week with the documentary playing throughout September. Starting October 9, Gravitas Ventures will release the film in the U.S. with plans to play throughout the fall.