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The Cove Details

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In the 1960s, [[Performer~P278148~Richard O'Barry~ricobarry]] enjoyed a lucrative career as a specialized animal trainer; he captured the five dolphins that were used in the popular television series [[Feature~V175000~Flipper~flipper[tvseries]]], and taught them the tricks and special commands they used on the show. Four decades later, [[Performer~P278148~O'Barry~ricobarry]] has renounced his former life as a trainer and become an animal rights activist, speaking out against the hunting of aquatic mammals and keeping them in captivity. [[Performer~P278148~O'Barry~ricobarry]] is not welcome in Taiji, a town along the Japanese coast where hunting dolphins is a major part of the local economy, but he and a group of activist filmmakers made their way into the city as well as the carefully guarded harbor in hopes of documenting the abuse of dolphins by fisherman and the poisoning of the waters that has taken a toll on the marine ecology. [[Performer~P278148~O'Barry~ricobarry]] and his colleagues captured some beautiful underwater footage as well as shocking images of how the town's fisherman have sullied the dolphins and their habitat, and director [[Performer~P611574~Louie Psihoyos~louiepsihoyos]] has used this material as the basis for the documentary The Cove, which received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 31, 2009

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Writers Guild of America Mark Monroe Best Documentary Screenplay 2009 Nominee

Crew

Louie Psihoyos
Director
Fisher Stevens
Producer
Paula DuPre Pesman
Producer
Mark Monroe
Screenwriter
Brook Aitken
Cinematographer
J. Ralph
Composer (Music Score)
Geoffrey Richman
Editor
Olivia Ahneman
Co-producer
Charles Hambleton
Associate Producer
Jim Clark
Executive Producer
Greg Mooney
Sound/Sound Designer
Boo Wong
Animator
Damon Ciarelli
Animator
Matter
Additional Music
Glenfield Payne
Supervising Sound Editor
Glenfield Payne
Re-Recording Mixer
Reilly Steele
Re-Recording Mixer
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