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Upcoming Lecture by Associate Producer and Co-writer of "Blackfish", Tim Zimmermann

February 20, 2014 | Marine Animals

Connecticut supporters of Friends of Animals should mark their calendars for March 11 at 7 p.m. when the Edgerton Center at Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport will host Tim Zimmermann, associate producer and co-writer of the 2013 documentary film Blackfish

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 the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. 

Friends of Animals supported the making of the first film to expose the controversial history of the captive whale and dolphin industry, A Fall from Freedom, directed by Stan Minasian in 2011. 

Zimmermann is also an award-winning correspondent with Outside Magazine and author of The Race, a behind the scenes look at the world of extreme sailing. 

Zimmermann's writing focuses on humanity's relationship with the natural world, and he has reported on everything from extreme cave diving to efforts to communicate with dolphins. In 2010 and 2011 he wrote The Killer In The Pool, a deep investigation into the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, and Blood In The Water, a follow-up report that deconstructed another fatal attack by a SeaWorld orca. Those two stories became the basis for Blackfish, which Zimmermann helped produce. 

Prior to writing for Outside, Zimmermann was a senior editor and diplomatic correspondent at US News & World Report. His work has also appeared in a variety of publications, including Men's Journal and Sports Illustrated

Zimmermann lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two children, and continues to write about orcas, marine mammals and the natural world. You can follow his work via, Facebook, and Twitter. He is a graduate of Yale University, and the Department of War Studies at King's College, London.

Admission to his lecture is $15. To buy tickets, visit this site.


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