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Sarasota News Leader April 19, 2013 SeaWorld Orlando, where he still performs occasionally, though the film contends he spends the majority of his time in isolation. The film also notes that, despite Tilikum's having been involved in the deaths of three people over the span of two decades, the whale's sperm has been used in the artificial insemination of numerous female orcas, resulting in the breeding of many offspring at SeaWorld. Page 76 el Oteyza and four former SeaWorld trainers prominently featured in the film: Jeff Ventre, Samantha Berg, John Jett and John Hargrove. Q&A Hall proceeded to ask Cowperthwaite what inspired her to present the story of Tilikum and other captive orcas and how the process began. She explained that "in a past life" she occasionally brought her two young sons to SeaWorld San Diego, where she felt something was not quite right. It was clear from the applause resounding through the crowded theater when the final credits began to roll that the audience was very impressed with the film. "I would look around me at the crowd and think to myself, 'How could a place that makes so many people laugh and so many people smile be really bad?'" Cowperthwaite said. After the house lights came up, Hall was joined These feelings transformed into something on stage for a Q&A session by Blackfish Direc- more profound when news of Brancheau's tor Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Producer Manu- death began to spread, Cowperthwaite add- (From left) Lay Me in the River (short) Directors and Screenwriters Ashley Lynn Bonn and Allison Morton pose for a photo prior to the screening of Blackfish on April 5.

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