NYT Talks to Blackfish Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite

GabrielaCowperthwaitePicIn case you missed it, Larry Rohter had an informative Q&A the other day in the New York Times with Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

The Oscar-shortlisted Cowperthwaite spoke with Rohter via telephone. At one point, she explained that in an attempt to get SeaWorld to participate in the film, she broke a golden rule of journalism:

“For about six months, I went back and forth with them. At one point they said it was likely they would grant me an interview. They asked for my questions, which you know as a journalist you never do, but I still gave them my questions. And they asked me who I had interviewed. I did not disclose that, for obvious reasons. I did not want to put anybody at risk. But they finally said no.”

Not only is Blackfish a documentary that Michael Moore would likely be proud to call his own. But when Cowperthwaite answers a question from the reporter about the challenges of balancing the demands of investigative journalism with the constraints of entertainment and art, she sounds as if she could be describing any number of his celebrated docs. Read the full Q&A here.

Update (January 9):
We subsequently wrote this related item:
Ex-SeaWorld Trainer: Director Asked Me to Wait Until After Awards Season to Criticize Blackfish

[Photo courtesy: gabrielacowperthwaite.com]

Previously on FishbowlNY:
SeaWorld Publishes Open Letter in NYT, WSJ
Makers of The Cove Respond to SeaWorld Newspaper Ad