The Whale

Sunday, April 15th, 6:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

In 2001, a young orca named Luna lost contact with his family in Puget Sound and turned up near Vancouver Island in Nootka Sound. Without other whales to bond with, Luna began reaching out to the people in boats and living along the shore for companionship. Smart, friendly, and determined, Luna demanded human contact, and the residents of the Sound were happy to adopt him as their own. But as Luna’s story gained notoriety, fierce battles began between the Canadian government, NGOs who wished to return Luna to his family, the Mowachaht tribe who deemed Luna’s arrival as a sacred event, and those who were simply touched by Luna's apparent loneliness and charm.

Narrated by Ryan Reynolds and directed by two journalists who came to report a story but fell in love with a whale, The Whale is more than documentary. It is an exploration of the mysteries of friendship across forbidden boundaries, a friendship of haunting questions and few answers.

Followed by a discussion with executive producer and EFFY co-founder Erik Desatnik, Jeff Flocken, Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Allison D. Tuttle, Staff Veterinarian & Director of Animal Care at the Mystic Aquarium. Moderated by John Grim, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at Yale.

Preceded by: Homeless

3 min. A hermit crab looks for a home in this fun animated short.

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Sunday, April 15th, 6:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2011
Running Time: 85 Min.


Directors: Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit
Producers: Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Desatnik, Suzanne Chisholm
Screenplay: Michael Parfit

2012 Films & Events

· Bananas!*
· Bestiaire
· Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
· Chimpanzee
· Colin Beavan, ‘No Impact Man’
· Eating Alabama
· EFFY After Dark
· Enjoy Your Meal!
· Filmmaking Workshop with Andrew Grace
· Surviving Progress
· The Atomic States of America
· The Island President
· The Last Mountain
· The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
· The Whale