May 25, 2010

Mountainfilm Preview 2010: The Cove

Now that we’re in the countdown to this year’s festival, we’re sure you want to check out what films we’ll be featuring. As the festival starts this Friday, this is the last trailer we'll be posting - it's time for the films in real life! Also check out the film schedule on our website. Today we’re featuring The Cove. The 2010 Oscar for Best Documentary went to this film, a story that brought audiences to tears at last year’s Mountainfilm, where it showed once in a surprise screening. The Cove investigates dolphin harvesting in Japan and follows animal-rights activist Ric O'Barry—the star of the 1964 television show Flipper—as he tries to stop the slaughter of dolphins on the southwest coast of Japan. His swashbuckling crew includes free divers, scientists, filmmakers and techy geeks who use reconnaissance, hidden cameras and other covert techniques to expose this atrocity and examine mercury poisoning, the hazard of consuming animals this high on the food chain. Directed by National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, The Cove has impacted the practice of dolphin harvesting and become a model for activist documentaries. Show Time: Friday, 9:45 p.m., Palm Theatre In Person: Cameraman Eric Abramson, Production Manager Joe Chisholm & Louie Psihoyos [vimeo=]