Richard O’ Barry’s The Cove at Muvico BayWalk

April 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

See the Oscar Award winning documentary that exposed the slaughtering of countless dolphins and exposed the ecological crimes taking place in Taiji, Japan, at the Muvico Theater in BayWalk on Wednesday, May 5th.

The pre-screening reception will be held at hermanHOME store at BayWalk from 6-7:30 p.m.; tapas, wine, and dessert will be served. The film screening will be from 7:30-9 p.m., with a post-screening Q & A session.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at, $25 at the door (very limited seating).  Proceeds to benefit Oceanic Preservation Society.

The Cove, the recent winner of the Academy Award for best documentary and 24 other film accolades, uncovers the horrific practices in the small Japanese town that, at first glance, seems to be devoted to these playful aquatic mammals. The filmmakers soon realize that there are dark secrets beneath the surface of this seemingly dolphin-loving town, exposing the truth about the slaughter and the selling of the animals’ heavily mercury-tainted meat as counterfeit whale meat.

The film is “a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery,” documenting these brave eco-activists and their dangerous covert mission to lift the veil of secrecy and show the public what was really taking place in Taiji.

Richard O’Barry, one of the film’s stars, is a Marine Mammal Specialist at the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, California, and former dolphin trainer for the popular ’60s TV show Flipper. After a heartbreaking realization that these intelligent creatures shouldn’t be held in captivity, O’Barry founded founded The Dolphin Project, dedicated to freeing captive dolphins and educating people around the world about the suffering dolphins in captivity. He has currently liberated over 25 dolphins in South America, the Bahamas, and in the U.S., and has launched a campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin captivity industry, “telling the public what was really going on at dolphin shows and urging people not to buy tickets to see dolphins play the fool.”

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