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11 items from 2011


Ryan Reynolds Talks About The Whale

28 September 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Ryan Reynolds talks about his roles as executive producer and narrator on the new film The Whale in an exclusive interview with The Humane Society.

The Whale” is the true and poignant story of Luna, a young orca separated from his pod, who turned up alone in a narrow stretch of sea off the coast of British Columbia in 2001 and refused to leave. The film invites us to reexamine our preconceived ideas about these amazing marine mammals and consider the many complex effects of our interaction with wildlife.

Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, and executive produced by Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson, “The Whale” is co-directed by Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm.

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Docs. "Thunder Soul," "The Man Nobody Knew," More

25 September 2011 12:40 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"For a decade starting in the late 60s, the Kashmere Stage Band — a funk-infused outfit rooted in a poor, predominantly black neighborhood in northeast Houston — built a reputation as the most formidable high school band in the country." Scott Tobias for NPR: "Under the leadership of Conrad O Johnson Sr, a prodigious musician in his own right (he once played with Count Basie), the band zigged where others zagged, embracing the sounds (and moves) of James Brown and Otis Redding while its peers were mimicking the ossified standards of 40s big bands. In competition — and on recordings — the contrast was clear: The Kashmere Stage Band was lively, exuberant, spontaneous and contemporary, and the also-rans were square nostalgists."

"Three decades after graduation, members reunite to honor their beloved 93-year-old bandleader, teacher and role model," writes Eric Hynes in Time Out New York. "Amid its celebrations of black power, ambitious Afros and fly female trombonists, »

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The Whale Filmmakers Give Statement On SeaWorld Trainer Death

21 September 2011 7:58 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm, experts in the whale community and the filmmakers behind the upcoming documentary “The Whale” have issued a statement in regards to the Osha trial this week in Orlando. The trial concerns the death of a SeaWorld trainer last year, and Chisholm and Parfit believe that captive orcas will eventually show atypical behavior to that of non-captive orcas. Here’s the statement: “The Osha hearings on trainer safety at SeaWorld have sparked a discussion about the effects of captivity on orcas and the dangers they pose to humans in those situations. Our film, The Whale, shows the gentleness and apparent friendliness of a wild orca toward humans. »

- monique

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The Whale Review

11 September 2011 10:10 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Whale Review

Sometimes friendship comes from the most unexpected places. The new documentary The Whale, which was helmed by husband and wife National Geographic contributors Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm, proves just that, as it chronicles the life of an extraordinary orca named Luna. While orcas are highly social and dependent on their families, Luna proves that his wild species can peacefully co-exist with, and depend on, humans for emotional support.

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- Karen Benardello

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Interview With Michael Parfit And Suzanne Chisholm On The Whale

4 September 2011 6:52 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Interview With Michael Parfit And Suzanne Chisholm On The Whale

Filmmakers Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm are gearing up to release The Whale, their second documentary chronicling the life of killer orca Luna. The Whale is set to be released at the Siff Cinema in Seattle on September 9, with additional cities to follow. As the movie sheds light on Luna's moving story, the filmmakers remind people that unless wild animals specifically need humans' help to survive, whales like Luna need space to travel and hunt for food.

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- Karen Benardello

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This Week In Trailers: Imaginary Forces, The Whale, Knuckle, Suing The Devil, Resurrect Dead, Detective Dee

12 August 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Imaginary Forces Trailer Getting sent an unsolicited trailer is tricky. Sure, every week I ask for them (send them directly to Christopher_Stipp@yahoo.com »

- Christopher Stipp

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The Whale New Trailer & Poster

4 August 2011 9:51 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Check out the new trailer and poster for Paladin’s The Whale, a new documentary out September 16th, directed by Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm, narrated by Ryan Reynolds (The Change-up), and executive produced by Reynolds and Scarlet Johansson.

Synopsis:

Set on the rugged western coast of Vancouver Island and narrated by Ryan Reynolds, The Whale describes what happens when Luna, a baby orca, gets separated from his family and unexpectedly starts making contact with people along a scenic fjord called Nootka Sound. Because orcas are highly social creatures who spend their lives traveling with their pods, Luna attempts to find a surrogate family among the area residents, much to their delight. But as word spreads about Luna, people become torn between their love for the lonely young whale and fears that human contact might harm him.

Luna.s saga is seen through the eyes of the colorful characters who »

- Michelle McCue

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Trailer and Poster for The Whale Produced and Narrated by Ryan Reynolds

4 August 2011 7:03 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The trailer and poster for the Ryan Reynolds produced/narrated documentary The Whale have landed online. Directed by Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit, the film is set on Vancouver Island and tells the story of Luna, a baby orca whale who begins socializing with local townspeople after being separated from her family. The directors began investigating Luna's separation while on assignment for Smithsonian and The Whale is the result of their efforts to protect the animal. Although I can't say the trailer and poster make The Whale seem like the most gripping documentary of all-time, it does seem to have a heart of gold that parents may be able to enjoy with their kids. Check out the trailer, poster, some images, and a full synopsis for the film after the jump. The Whale will open to select U.S. theaters beginning September 9th in Seattle, the 16th in New York, »

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Paladin Set to Release The Whale

29 June 2011 6:56 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Paladin has obtained the theatrical distribution rights for the upcoming documentary ‘The Whale,’ which follows a killer orca who tries to become friends with humans, the company’s president, Mark Urman, has confirmed. The movie, which was co-directed by journalist Michael Parfit and producer-cinematographer Suzanne Chisholm, chronicles several years in the life of the whale, nicknamed Luna. The orca becomes separated from his family, and unexpectedly begins making contact with people. Ryan Reynolds, a native of Vancouver, Canada, where ‘The Whale’ takes place, will narrate Luca’s story. The actor will also serve as an executive producer. ‘The Whale,’ which will begin a limited engagement in late summer 2011 and expand in »

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Paladin Takes The Whale With Ryan Reynolds As Narrator & Exec. Producer

28 June 2011 9:14 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Paladin Has ‘Whale’ Of A Time

in documentary about friendly orca

New York, June 28, 2011 . The Whale, a new documentary about a lonely young killer whale who causes upheaval in a small town and amazement around the world when he tries to make friends with humans, will be released theatrically by Paladin, it was announced by company president, Mark Urman.

The Whale (http://www.thewhalemovie.com/) was directed by noted journalist Michael Parfit and veteran producer-cinematographer Suzanne Chisholm, who encountered the young orca whale, nicknamed Luna, at the height of his celebrity and spent several years chronicling his adventures both in print and on film.

Ryan Reynolds, who hails from the very region in Western Canada where the story unfolds, narrates the film and served as executive producer, along with Scarlett Johansson and Eric Desatnik. The Whale will play its first commercial engagements in late summer and expand in the fall. »

- Michelle McCue

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Paladin Picks Up "The Whale," Doc Narrated by Ryan Reynolds

28 June 2011 1:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Paladin will release "The Whale," a documentary narrated by Ryan Reynolds about a young and lonely killer whale who makes waves when he tries to befriend humans in a small town. Journalist Michael Parfit directs with producer-cinematographer Suzanne Chisholm. They spent several years chronicling the whale, "Luna," and her adventures. Reynolds is from the same region of Western Canada where the film takes place. Reynolds also served as executive producer »

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