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The Cove's Activists Took Part in Whale Sting at California Eatery

The team behind Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" have successfully orchestrated a sting operation at a California restaurant they accuse of serving up illegal whale meat. Louie Psyhoyos and Ric O'Barry's movie follows a group of activists as they struggle with police and fishermen to gain access to a secluded cove in Taiji, southern Japan, where dolphins are hunted.

Days after the film won the Best Documentary Oscar at Sunday's, March 7 Academy Awards, U.S. federal prosecutors announced the producers helped to uncover an alleged violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act at Santa Monica restaurant, The Hump. According to police reports, two undercover diners working with the documentary's associate producer and "director of clandestine operations", Charles Hambleton, requested whale as part of a $600 omakase - a sushi meal in which the chef picks the dishes. The pair pocketed a sample of and gentic testing confirmed it was meat from the endangered Sei whale.
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The Cove Activists Orchestrate Sushi Sting

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The Cove Activists Orchestrate Sushi Sting
The team behind Oscar-winning documentary The Cove have successfully orchestrated a sting operation at a California restaurant they accuse of serving up illegal whale meat.

Louie Psyhoyos and Ric O'Barry's movie follows a group of activists as they struggle with police and fishermen to gain access to a secluded cove in Taiji, southern Japan, where dolphins are hunted.

Days after the film won the Best Documentary Oscar at Sunday's Academy Awards, U.S. federal prosecutors announced the producers helped to uncover an alleged violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act at Santa Monica restaurant, The Hump.

According to police reports, two undercover diners working with the documentary’s associate producer and “director of clandestine operations”, Charles Hambleton, requested whale as part of a $600 (GBP375) omakase - a sushi meal in which the chef picks the dishes. The pair pocketed a sample of and gentic testing confirmed it was meat from the endangered Sei whale.

Spokesman for the United States attorney for the Central District of California, Thom Mrozek, declined to say what charges could be brought against the restaurant, but said the office is "moving forward rapidly" and charges could come as early as this week (ends12Mar10).

The Hump lawyer Gary Lincenberg tells the New York Times, “We’re going to look into the allegations and try to determine what is true. Until we have done that, I don’t have any other comment.”

The possession or sale of marine mammals can lead to a year in prison and a fine of $20,000 (GBP12,500).

Exclusive Video: Louie Pshihoyos Dives Into The Cove

In the 1960s, Richard O'Barry enjoyed a lucrative career as a specialized animal trainer; he captured the five dolphins that were used in the popular television series Flipper, and taught them the tricks and special commands they used on the show. Four decades later, O'Barry 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. Now O'Barry has joined forces with former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos and a team of filmmakers, divers and activists to take on the Japanese town of Taiji, which practices heinous abuse against dolphins. It was all chronicled in Psihoyos' documentary film, The Cove, which is now available on DVD and is currently up for Best Documentary Picture at this year's Academy Awards. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the film's director, Louie Psihoyos to discuss the documentary,
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'Cove' to screen as part of film series

'Cove' to screen as part of film series
"The Cove" has been selected as the next motion picture to be screened in the "Kat Kramer's Films That Changed the World" series.

The screening, set for Feb. 28 at Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood, is aimed at focusing attention on two organizations that were instrumental in the pic's production: the Oceanic Preservation Society, which is operated by "Cove" director Louie Psihoyos, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Kramer selected "Cove" for inclusion because the film has heightened awareness about the killing of dolphins, particularly in the Japanese news media.

"The horrifying practice is so entrenched that it is not going to be stopped overnight, but I believe 'The Cove' will make a significant impact," said actress and producer Kat Kramer, founder of the series.

Written by Mark Monroe, "Cove" was produced by Fisher Stevens and associate produced by Charles Hambleton. The film has received numerous awards and
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DVD Review: ‘The Cove’ Captures Truths That Deserve Global Awareness

Chicago – Ric O’Barry made the world fall in love with dolphins. He captured and trained the five dolphins used in the classic TV series, “Flipper.” But as he learned more about these extraordinarily intelligent, self-aware creatures, he became increasingly disturbed about the detrimental effects of their captivity.

And when one of the show’s star dolphins committed suicide in his arms, by refusing to inhale one more breath, O’Barry decided to dedicate the rest of his life to being an animal activist. His battles with the captivity industry lie at the heart of Louie Psihoyos’s “The Cove,” which was recently named the year’s best documentary by the National Board of Review.

DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0

Like “Man on Wire,” “The Cove” has the rhythm and urgency of a thriller, as its human subjects repeatedly put themselves in danger while trying to capture footage that couldn’t be retrieved legally.
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Louie Psihoyos Explores the Depths of The Cove

There are films that may draw attention to an otherwise unknown cause, but few films that have had the sort of impact that the white-hot documentary The Cove has had. This documentary by former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, making his feature film debut, exposes the brutal tradition of dolphin hunting in a secluded, heavily-guarded cove off the coast of Taijii, Japan, and audiences and policy-makers alike have been taking notice ever since its release. The film hit American theaters in limited release on July 31 and it continues to expand throughout the country. I was able to speak with the director, Louie Psihoyos over the phone, and here's what he had to say.

So can you just talk a little bit about how this story came to you and how you became involved in doing this documentary?

Louie Psihoyos: Yeah. One of my best buddies is Jim Clark, the
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New clips in from the critically acclaimed 'The Cove'

See new clips from "The Cove," the critically acclaimed documentary directed by Louie Psihoyos. Roadside Attractions distributes the film which includes Joe Chisholm, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Charles Hambleton, Simon Hutchins, Kirk Krack, Isabel Lucas, Richard O'Barry. Hayden Panettiere, Roger Payne, John Potter and Louie Psihoyos. See new clips from "The Cove," the critically acclaimed documentary directed by Louie Psihoyos. Roadside Attractions distributes the film which includes Joe Chisholm, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Charles Hambleton, Simon Hutchins, Kirk Krack, Isabel Lucas, Richard O'Barry. Hayden Panettiere, Roger Payne, John Potter and Louie Psihoyos...
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Roadside Attractions updates - "The September Issue" and "The Cove" images added.

We have new images in the gallery for two Roadside Attractions releases. The first being "The September Issue" which sees limited areas on this September. Also in are new images from "The Cove" documentary helmed by Louie Psihoyos, written by Mark Monroe and produced by Fisher Stevens and Paula DuPré Pesman. The cast includes Joe Chisholm, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Charles Hambleton, Simon Hutchins, Kirk Krack, Isabel Lucas, Richard O'Barry. Hayden Panettiere, Roger Payne, John Potter and Louie Psihoyos. "The September Issue" follows Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for twenty years, who is the most powerful and polarizing figure in fashion. Hidden behind her trademark bob
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